Newell, Edward Theodore, 1886-1941

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1886 - 1941

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Edward Theodore Newell (1886–1941) was a U.S. numismatist. He served as the president of the American Numismatic Society between 1916 and 1941.

Edward T. Newell, the ANS's longest-serving President and perhaps the greatest numismatist of his generation, was born in Kenosha, Wisconsin in 1886. He attended Yale University, from which he earned his bachelor of arts in 1907 and master of arts in 1909. It was during his tenure at Yale, that the young Newell — just 19 years old — first inquired in 1905 about membership in the ANS. By 1910, at the age of 24, Newell was elected to the Society's governing Council. In 1916 he was named ANS President, a position he would hold until his untimely death in 1941.

During his lifetime, Newell was considered to be the world's leading expert on the coinage of Alexander the Great and his successors. And Newell's collection — with more than 87,000 coins — was considered to be the largest private collection of Greek coins. Upon his death, Newell bequeathed this mammoth collection to the ANS. It was — and still is — the largest single donation given to the Society.

Newell was a prolific author. From 1912 through 1941, Newell published more than 30 monographs, and left behind numerous unpublished manuscripts. In recognition of his contributions to numismatic writings, Newell received the first Archer M. Huntington Medal Award in 1918. In addition, in 1925, the Royal Numismatic Society awarded him its medal for "distinguished service in numismatic research."

In addition to his association with the ANS, Newell also was a Fellow of the Royal Numismatic Society, the British Numismatic Society and the American Numismatic Association. He also served as President of the New York Numismatic Club in the 1930s.

Upon his passing in February of 1941, The Numismatist declared that "[Newell's] numismatic life was an ideal which others may strive to emulate." Newell was only 55 years old.

Chronology

  • 1886: Born, Kenosha (Wis.)External link.
  • 1903 - 1909: Attended Yale, Yale University (Conn.)External link.
  • 1918: Received Archer M. Huntington Medal Award
  • 1925: The Royal Numismatic Society awarded him its medal for "distinguished service in numismatic research."
  • 1941: Died

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American Numismatic Society
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Miles, George Carpenter, 1904-1975
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Newell, Adra
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Babelon, Jean, 1889-1978
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Ball, George W.
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Bonner, Campbell, 1876-1954
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Clark, William L.
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Dewey, William S.
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Endicott, F. Munroe (Francis Munroe), 1879-1935
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Ives, Herbert E. (Herbert Eugene), 1882-1953
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Mosser, Sawyer McArthur, b. 1905
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Noe, Sydney P. (Sydney Philip), 1885-1969
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Schulman, Hans M. F. (Hans Moritz Friedrich), 1913-1990
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Wood, Howland, 1877-1938
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Zerbe, Farran, 1871-1949



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1. Edward T. Newell notebook on the coinage of Philip II, undated

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Binder containing pasted photographs and notes, along with loose pages of handwritten and transcribed typescript drafts, all on the coinage of Philip II of Macedon. The drafts include a forward, introduction, and a section on the predecessors of Philip.
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2. Edward T. Newell notebook of Alexander III coin photographs, undated

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Binder containing pasted photographs of the obverse and reverse of ancient Greek gold coins showing Alexander III of Macedon (Alexander the Great) taken from sales catalogs. Includes some brief handwritten annotations.
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3. Edward T. Newell notebook of Phillip II coin photographs, undated

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Binder containing pasted photographs of the obverse and reverse of ancient Greek gold staters showing Philip II of Macedon taken from sales catalogs.
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4. Edward T. Newell papers

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Correspondence, notebooks, invoices, card indexes, and photographs mostly relating to the collecting and scholarly research of American Numismatic Society president and Greek coin expert Edward T. Newell.
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5. Edward T. Newell letter to Alfred Bellinger

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Letter from Edward T. Newell to Alfred Bellinger, concerning cleaning the tetradrachms and denarii he received.

6. Edward T. Newell notebook on the posthumous coins of Lysimachus, undated

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Notebook binder containing a handwritten draft, mostly text, with the title Part II: The Posthumous Coinages of Lysimachus. There are several pages that have been typed from Newell's longhand notes. Includes one page of notes on Savoy-Plaza Hotel (New York) letterhead.
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7. Edward T. Newell notebook on coins of Amphipolis, undated

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Notebook binder containing a handwritten textual draft along with notes on coins grouped into categories. The text is an introduction to a general work on the mint attributions for coins bearing the name and types of Alexander the Great. The notebook has the label "Amphipolis" on the cover, which may refer just to the section on specific coins, while the introductory text was intended for the broader work.
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8. Edward T. Newell notebook on coins of Indo-Greek rulers, undated

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Notebook binder containing notes on coins of Indo-Greek rulers. Includes five loose sheets that are copies of pages on coins of Athens from another notebook.
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9. Edward T. Newell notebook on coins of Pella, uncertain Macedonia, and Peloponnesus, undated

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Notebook binder containing notes on tetradrachm coins from Pella, uncertain parts of Macedonia, and Peloponnese. An attached note indicates "prints not yet supplied for this notebook."
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10. Edward T. Newell notebook on coins of Cyprus, Syria, Phoenicia, Babylon, Alexandria, and the East, undated

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Notebook binder with notes on ancient coins of Cyprus, Syria, Phoenicia, Babylon, Alexandria, and the East. Includes some loose items relating to Babylon and the Euphrates, including two maps, a magazine offprint in German, and a hand-drawn sketch.
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11. Edward T. Newell notebook of notes and drafts on western Seleucid mints, circa 1940

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Notebook binder with preliminary notes and drafts for the monograph The Coinage of the Western Seleucid Mints (ANS, Numismatic Studies no. 4, 1941). Focuses on the coinage of the successors of Alexander III of Macedon (Alexander the Great). Headings include Tyre, Cilicia, Seleucus I, Antiochus I, Antiochus II, Seleucus II, Seleucus III, Achaeus, Magnesia ad Maeandrum, Phocaea, Aeolis, and Troas. Has pages of handwritten draft text with corrections and some sections crossed out. An added label on the cover says, "E.T. Newell's preliminary notes for W.S.M."
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12. Edward T. Newell notebook on hoards of Histiaian tetrobols, undated

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Notebook containing a sixty-five-page typescript discussing hoards of tetrobols of Histiaia, in northern Euboia. Includes cut and pasted photographs of coins and handwritten corrections and annotations.
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13. Edward T. Newell notebook on provincial coin collections in Great Britain, undated

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Notebook containing handwritten notes on ancient Greek coin collections at Cambridge and Oxford Universities. Includes those of Frank and John McClean, William Martin Leake, and Samuel Savage Lewis.
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14. Edward T. Newell notebook on coins at the British Museum, undated

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Notebook containing handwritten notes on ancient Greek coins at the British Museum, London. The names C.W. Oman and James Leigh Strachan-Davidson, master of Balliol, appear in the first pages. Four loose sheets of rubbings are included.
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15. Edward T. Newell notebook on coins of the Athens National Museum, undated

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Notebook containing handwritten notes on ancient Greek coins at the National Archaeological Museum (Ethnikon Archaiologikon Mouseion) in Athens, Greece.
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16. Edward T. Newell notebook on coins in Dresden, undated

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Notebook containing handwritten notes on ancient Greek coins in Dresden, Germany.
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17. Edward T. Newell notebook on coins in museums of Turin and The Hague, undated

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Notebook containing handwritten notes on ancient Greek coins in museums of Turin, Italy, and The Hague, Netherlands. First page refers to the book Regio Museo di Torino (Royal Museum of Turin), Stamperia Reale della Ditta (Royal Printing Company) G.B. Paravia, 1988, by Adriodante Fabretti, Francesco Rossi, and Ridolfo Vittorio Lanzone.
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18. Edward T. Newell hoard notebook, undated

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Notebook containing notes on coins of various hoards, along with loose leaves with additional coin lists, notes, and rubbings. A detached label once adhered to the cover of the album reads, "HOARDS II." Includes a letter to Margaret Thompson from Martin Price of the British Museum relating to a joint project on the coins of Alexander the Great (1968). Hoards covered in the notebook are Sardis, Anadol, Aleppo, Ankyra, Aintab, Andhritsena, Abu Hommos, Taranto, Bithynian, Demanhur, Chalcis (Eretria), Calabria, Constantinople, Cyprus (Larnaka), Peloponessos, Drama, Greece (Tiffany), Eretria, Epidaurus, Sparta, Patras, Gesou, Haiffa, Prof. Haynes, Saida, Jandolo, Anadol, Kuft, Kyparissia, Keleler, Karditsa, Messene, Larnaka, Lamia, Latakie, Mosul, Marasesti, Patras, Parthian, Philip II Staters, Ravel, Salonica, Sophikon, Taranto, Tripolitsa, Thebes, Urfa, Gejou, Lamia, and Kyparissia.
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19. Edward T. Newell notebook on coins of ancient Greek mints, undated

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Notebook containing notes on the mints at Antioch, Ake-Ptolemais (Acre), Ascalon, Berytus (Beirut), and Damascus. Includes loose notes, some on letterhead of the R.M.S. Mauretania, the Hotel Russell (London), and the Plaza (New York). There is one letter, to Newell from Charles William Chadwick Oman at Oxford, regarding a tetradrachm (October 23, 1937).
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20. Edward T. Newell notebook on private collections, 1917-1938

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Notebook of handwritten notes on Greek coins from private collections, at least a portion of which appear to have been purchased or otherwise obtained by Edward Newell or the American Numismatic Society. There are several letters from the owners of the collections. Includes the collections of H.E. Mitchell, Charles C. Torrey, George F. Curtis, T. Biddulph, R.B. Whitehead, M. Martino, Selah Merrill, Lyman Otis Fiske, Costa Pandelidis (Apostolidis), and Sally Isenberg. A loose copy of a memorandum to Newell from an ANS staff member discusses the purchase and condition of the Augustus F.R. Hoernle collection on February 7, 1920.
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21. Edward T. Newell hoard notebook, circa 1939

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Notebook of handwritten notes on ancient Greek coin hoards, including Aleppo, 1893; Afiun Kara Hissar, Arpagot, 1918; Adrianople; Asia Minor, 1929; Babylon, 1900; Byblus, 1931; Chalcis, 1935; Chalcidice (Olynthus?); Demanhur, 1900; Epidaurus, 1903; Gebal (Byblus), 1931; Homs, 1934; Homs, 1927; Khorsabad; Mesopotamia (Dunne); Nicomedia (probably Thessalian hoard); Tell Halaf, 1911; Thessalian, 1938. Also, one loose sheet of Pera Palace Hotel (Constantinople) letterhead containing four pages of notes labeled "Antioch" Hoard.
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22. Edward T. Newell hoard notebook, undated

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Notebook of handwritten notes on ancient Greek coin hoards, including: find of copper coins of Theodosius, Gratianus, etc.; find of copper coins from Egypt, Constantine, "Hassan Find" I ("sent me by Hassan Abd-El-Salam, Sept. 1909"); hoard purchased from Nahmy E. Homsy ("a well known Syrian dealer in antiquities, residing in Brooklyn, N.Y."); part of find of second bronze from Egypt ("sent me Sept. 1909"); part of a find made near Luxemburg ("time: Constantine Great"); part of find from Ras-Hauran, Syria ("bought of Azeez Khayat who states these were found by Salih Hamauti [?] at Beit Ras Hauran"); part of find of Roman Antoniniani ("sold by Thomas L. Elder, Oct."); find from Italy; two lots of potin tetradrachms from Egypt; and portion of a hoard of Athenian tetradrachms ("sent me from Euboea, via Athens, Jan. 1929"). Includes two loose sheets of rubbings of medieval coins (Leon III, Constantine V, Justinianus, Tiberius, Theodosius, Tiberius V, Artemius, Anastace II, Filepicus, Bardanes and one loose sheet labeled Hoard Purchased from Nahmy Homsy.
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23. Edward T. Newell notebook on ancient Greek coins from uncertain collections, undated

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Notebook of handwritten notes on ancient Greek coins. The label "Uncertain" appears to have been added later, indicating that the coins, which include the categories and types Philip II, Staters, Tetrobols, Head and Horseman, Alexander, and Eagles, are from an unknown collection or collections. One page notes "new acquisit[ions]" and another page has entries on two coins under the heading [B.M.] Yakountchikoff.
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38. Correspondence and speech on Huey Long satirical medal

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Letters and other materials relating to the presentation to the ANS of a satirical medal to honor an unknown attacker of Senator Huey Long of Louisiana.

Annotations

27. Second Membership Medal (1910), 33. St. Bartholomew's Church Medal (1917), 35. Catskill Aqueduct Medal (1917), 41. Prince of Wales Medal (1919), 42. American Red Cross War Council Medal (1921), Appendix 2: List of Huntington Medal Recipients27. Second Membership Medal (1910), 33. St. Bartholomew's Church Medal (1917), 35. Catskill Aqueduct Medal (1917), 41. Prince of Wales Medal (1919), 42. American Red Cross War Council Medal (1921), Appendix 2: List of Huntington Medal Recipients

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