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).
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.
Assistant Curator, then Curator of the ANS from 1909 to 1912, Brett also served as honorary Associate Curator of Ancient Coins from 1923 to 1955 and Chair of the ANS Publication Committee from 1923 to 1946.
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.