1874 - 1948
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. He began collecting coins at age 13 and joined the American Numismatic Association in 1899, the American Numismatic and Archeological Society (later the American Numismatic Society) in 1904, and helped found the New York Numismatic Club in 1908. He settled in New York City and conducted his first auction in 1905. He published the Elder Rare Coin Book (1934), Elder Monthly (1906-1907), and The Elder Magazine (1910-1911) in addition to issuing a number of medals, tokens, and store cards. He died in South Carolina.