1915 - 2002
Herbert A. Cahn (1915-2002) was as a classical archaeologist, numismatist, coin-dealer and antiquities-dealer. Born in Germany, he became a Swiss citizen in 1949. As a boy he assisted in compiling the sales catalogs for his father's firm. He studied classical archaeology and philology at the Universität Frankfurt under Ernst Langlotz. With the Nazi rise to power in Germany, Cahn, who was a Jew, emigrated to Switzerland in 1933 and continued his studies at Basel. His brother, Erich B. Cahn (1913-1993), also emigrated, establishing a coin dealership there the same year; the brothers began a long association together. Herbert Cahn received his doctorate in 1940 under Ernst Pfuh, writing on the coinage of Naxos which was published a few years later under the title Die Münzen der sizilischen Stadt Naxos. Ein Beitrag zur Kunstgeschichte des griechischen Westen. (“The Coins of the Sicilian City of Nexos”). This landmark die study is considered the standard reference for the coinage of Sicilian Naxos. Cahn joined the ANS in 1936 and was made a Corresponding Member in 1977. He received in 1983 the ANS's Huntington Award in recognition of his substantial contribution to the field of numismatics.