Edgar H. Adams (1868-1940) of Bayville, Oyster Bay, and Brooklyn, New York, was a numismatic scholar, author, and collector who produced, among other works, reference guides
to territorial and private gold coins. He also coauthored, with William H. Woodin, the book United States Pattern, Trial, and Experimental Pieces, a standard reference work on
pattern coins. He served as editor of The Numismatist, the monthly journal of the American Numismatic Association, wrote a numismatic column for the New York Sun newspaper, and was
a co-founder of the New York Numismatic Club (1908).
P.K. (Paul Kenneth) Anderson (1894-1968) of Goteborg, Oklahoma, was an engineer and numismatist who published articles (circa 1930s-1960s), mostly on Spanish coins, in The Numismatist, the monthly magazine of the American Numismatic Association (ANA), and other publications. He served on the board of governors (1955-1961) and as president (1963-1965) of the ANA. His collection of Spanish coins was bequeathed to the American Numismatic Society.
President of the ANS from 1868 to 1870 and 1873 to 1883, it was due to Anthon that the Society made its initial efforts to transform itself from a group of local coin collectors to a recognized scholarly institution.
Bauman L. Belden (1862-1931) of Cranford, New Jersey, served the American Numismatic Society as librarian (1891-1896), secretary (1896-1903, 1905-1916), director (1909-1915), and council member (1906-1928). He sat on several Society committees, including the Committee on Indian Peace Medals, which he chaired. He was the author of Medals and Publications of the American Numismatic Society (1915), Indian Peace Medals Issued in the United States (1927), and A Mint in New York (1930). He was a member of the American Numismatic Association and was active in the New York Numismatic Club. At the time of his death he was working on a project involving life saving medals.
Walter H. Breen (1930?-1993) was the author of numerous numismatic works, including Proof Coins Struck by the United States Mint, 1817-1921 (1953), Walter Breen’s Encyclopedia of United States Half Cents (1984), and Walter Breen’s Complete Encyclopedia of U.S. and Colonial Coins (1988).
John S. Davenport (1907-2001) of Galesburg, Illinois, was a numismatist with an expertise in crown-sized coins of Europe and a particular interest in German talers. He was born in Buffalo, New York, and received a B.A. from Cornell (1928), an M.A. from Harvard (1929), and a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina (1934). He taught English literature at the Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh from 1929 to 1931, and then at Knox College in Galesburg beginning in 1945. He retired in 1972, eventually relocating to Coral Gables, Florida. He began collecting coins in 1921 and his first book, European Crowns Since 1800, was published in 1947.
Huntington medalist, collector of architectural medals and renown builder, Robert J. Eidlitz served on the ANS Council for almost twenty years and was responsible for the construction of much of the Society's Audubon Terrace headquarters.
Coin dealer Thomas L. Elder (1874-1948) was born in Dayton, Pennsylvania, and attended the Park Institute (Allegheny) and Beaver College (Beaver), eventually working as a court stenographer and telegrapher.
Coin collector F. Munroe Endicott (1879-1935) was born in New York City, went to St. Mark’s School in Southborough, Massachusetts, and earned an A.B. from Harvard University in 1905. He attended Harvard Law School for two years and then joined the U.S. Diplomatic Service, serving in Cairo, Norway, Costa Rica, and Santo Domingo. He returned to Boston in 1916 and became a property manager. His coin collecting interest was in Greek coins minted during the reign of Alexander the Great, and his collection was donated to the American Numismatic Society in 1935. The coins were exhibited that year.
George J. Fuld (1932-2013) of Owings Mills, Maryland, was born in Baltimore, graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with an Sc.D. in 1957, and was a consultant and vice president of Fuld Brothers (1954-1960) before working as a radiation researcher with Goodyear Tire (1963-1967).
Harrold Edgar Gillingham (1864-1954) of Germantown, Pennsylvania, was a transportation executive, collector of American antiques, and a numismatist scholar noted for publishing a series of monographs on medals of merit and decorations of honor.