Victor Adda was born from a banking family installed in Cairo. His large coin collection even arose the interest of the Italian king Victor Emmanuel III. Adda documented his entire collection in a meticulous catalog that has only one fault typical of its time.
Martin Armstrong got interested in rare coins at the age 13 when he began to work in a coin shop. Later he opened his own business and became famous for predicting commodity prices and developing his Economic Confidence Model.
Pierre Arnaud was a French entrepreneur who built a refined collection of coins. From the moment on when he was assisted by Hans Voegtli, Arnaud continued only to collect Greek and Roman high grade coins.
Baron Bachofen von Echt (1830-1922) was an Austrian brewer and a coin collector. But he also collected paintings and formed an Ornithology Society. A portion of his numismatic collection was acquired by the Kunsthistorisches Museum.
Arthur Bally was born into a famous Swiss industrial family. His main passion was for Swiss coins but he clearly showed an interest for coins in general – not limiting himself to the best preserved examples or the most precious rarities. That became a problem after his death.
George Bauer was a passionate coin collector. He was elected 17th President of the American Numismatic Association and then became a professional numismatist. An authority on Greek and Roman coins and in the possession of a fabulous collection, he is little known in Europe.
Clarence Bement collected not only coins – partly published in catalogues – but also books, prints, and minerals. His mineral collection consisted of over 12,500 specimens and was later given to the Museum of Natural History in New York City.
The Swiss engineer Leo Benz was an avid coin collector attached to the history of Rome. This was reflected by his coin collection.
Leo Biaggi was a Swiss industrialist who formed an exceptional collection of ancient coins. His over 2,000 Roman gold coins are documented in a manuscript inventory. They were sold in the 70s. His “superb” Greek collection is less known.
Virgil Brand gathered the largest private coin collection of all times. When he died in 1926 he left 368,000 items, a collection estimated at a staggering five million US$. The son of a German father made his fortune with the family’s brewery business in Chicago.
Fredy Bühler-Zimmermann was a passionate collector of coins, medals and securities of the Swiss canton of Glarus. He wrote several numismatic books and was President of the Historical Society of the Canton of Glarus (HVG) for 10 years.
Sir Edward Herbert Bunbury was an English barrister, Member of Parliament, and Vice President of the Numismatic Society of London. He collected ancient coins and published extensively on this subject.
Alberto Campana is an Italian biologist with a passion for numismatics. As a coin collector he is mainly focused on countermarks apposed on Sicilian Greek coins and to the Roman Republic coinage. He also published multiple books and articles on these subjects.
Dr. Jules Desneux was a Belgian dermatologist and collecrtor of ancient coins. He was President of the Royal Numismatic Society of Belgium and wrote extensively on Greek coins.
Belgian aristocrat Alberic Du Chastel de la Howardries was one of the world’s main buyers of ancient coins. He also owned the Aitna tetradrachm, a specimen that is known as the most beautiful coin in the world today.
American entrepreneur and investor Robert Oliver Ebert built first-rate collections of art, firearms and coins. Ebert’s coin collections were focused on Hadrianic and Greek coins.
J. Eric Engstrom is a lawyer from Wichita, Kansas. He has been collecting coins for over 70 years from ancient to British coins, medals and tokens. Engstrom has also published several numismatic books and numerous articles.
Sir Arthur John Evans was a renowned archaeologist who unearthed the palace of Knossos on Crete. He inherited the coin collections of his father – also a renowned archaeologist and numismatist – and was constantly selling and buying ancient coins in his lifetime.
Sir John Evans was a well-known archaeologist and president of the Royal Numismatic Society an many other renowned societies. As a collector, he was focused on Roman, ancient British, Anglo-Saxon and English coins.
Barry Feirstein is a keen investor in big tech companies and the film industry. As a teenager he collected American coins, and later built up a collection of ancient coins.
Carlo d’Ottavio Fontana was a notable Swiss businessman and collector. He was said to have owned over 40,000 coins, mainly ancient but also of the Trieste bishops.
Christian Gollnow collected Roman coins of exceptional quality and rareness with a focus on anonymous issues from the Civil War in 68 and 69 AD. He was able to gather more specimens on the subject than the most prominent coin cabinets.
Howard Peter Guber is not only a fifty-time Academy Award nominee, former Studio Chief of Columbia Pictures, and CEO of Sony Pictures, but also a passionate collector of ancient coins.
Randy Haviland was a U.S. Marine veteran and came from a family of collectors. He collected U.S. coins, paper currency and ancient coins.
Ernst Herzfelder was the director of a Viennese brewery. His large coin collection was sold anonymously by Jacob Hirsch and Brüder Egger, while his many coins of Hadrian went to the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna.
The Hunt brothers became legendary for their attempt to corner the world market in silver – and for losing a billion dollar in this vain effort. They were fervous coin collectors, too, and William allegedly was eager to buy every Byzantine gold coin in the world.
Archer Huntington set out to assemble a collection – not only of coins – from every period and every land where Spanish influence was felt. Huntington established New York’s Hispanic Society of America whom he bequeathed his over 37,000 coins.
Robert Jameson was a banker and numismatic expert. He published scholarly articles on Greek coin finds and acquired a large collection of ancient coins which were published in various volumes.
Otto Kozinowski changed his career as a mathematician to pursue a job in the coin trade because numismatics was his true passion. And this passion went beyond his specialty of Coburg coinage – his extensive library bore witness to that.
Swiss collector Hans Krähenbühl aimed at assembling the broadest possible numismatic panorama of Greek and Roman antiquity with his collection. The result: a wonderful collection created from a single mold, with magnificent coins and impressive series.
Italian Count Alessandro Magnaguti was a passionate collector of Mantovan, Hadrianic and Gonzaga coins – until he thought he had gathered everything possible. After WWII, he gave up his collection and sold his beloved coins – with one exception.
Giuseppe Mazzini was an Italian politician. Over his lifetime, he put together an impressive collection of 8.051 Roman Imperial coins with many great rarities and over 1,200 aurei. His collection was published as Monete imperiali romane in five volumes.
Hymann Montagu was one of the great British coin collectors of the 19th century. He bought entire collections and inventories for his large collection of English hammered and milled coins, but also Greek and Roman coins, which was sold after his death by Sotheby.
Dr. Athos Moretti used to collect paintings until his wife suggested a less bulky subject. Moretti then became an avid coin collector. His collection of Magna Graecia and Sicily was arguably the largest and most important ever assembled.
Viscount Gustave Ponton d’Amécourt was a French inventor who inspired Jules Verne, an archaeologist, numismatist, and founder of the French Numismatic Society. He collected medieval and ancient coins on a very large scale.
Not the most usual combination: V.J.E. Ryan was an Irish mountaineer and first climber of a number of Swiss mountain peaks, while he was also a passionate coin collector, active in the Royal Numismatic Society as well as the British Numismatic Society.
Mark Salton was the son of the famous Jewish coin dealer Felix Schlessinger. With the end of the Jewish coin dealerships in Germany he moved to the USA where he built up a very impressive coin collection together with his wife Lottie.
The viscount and French diplomat Louis Edmond Paul de Sartiges possessed a remarkable collection of ancient Greek and Roman coins beside a collection of Japanese color prints.
To read the article on Max Schlessinger, please go to our Who’s who entry “Mark Salton”.
Dr Angelo Signorelli was a famous Italian humanist, physician to famous people and collector of Italian coins, and of ancient vases and coins, partly excavated by himself.
Harry Naftali Sneh was an Israeli American coin collector who first specialised in currency. His following collection of ancient coins was sold by Harlan J. Berk in 2012 and 2013.
Gil Steinberg, like many US collectors, had collected American currency, medallions and tokens, before building the collection of Roman coins which was sold in November 1994 by Numismatica Ars Classica and Spink Taisei.
Three generations of the Austrian Trau family ran a very successful tea-import business in Vienna. The three of them also shared the love for coins and put together a fine collection of Austrian and Roman Imperial coins, which was auctioned off between 1904 and 1936.
Count Józef Tyszkiewicz was a polish numismatist and coin collector. He published books on Polish and Lithuanian coins and medals, which was also his field of collection.
Cornelius Clarkson Vermeule III was an American researcher of ancient art and curator of classical art at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. He built up a collection of Roman bronze coins.
Don Manuel Vidal Quadras y Ramón was owner of a trading and banking house in Barcelona and a well-known coin collector. His possession was the largest and most treasured coin collection in the late 19th century’s Spain.
Dr. August Voirol was a Swiss gynecologist, President of the Circulus Numismaticus Basiliensis and vice-president of the Swiss Numismatic Society. He wrote lenghty commentaries on most items of his collection of ancient coins.
John W. Walter was a businessman and a passionate collector. The cousin of President Donald Trump put together a superb collection of Roman aurei, auctioned off as “The Men of Rome”. His collection of early American coins brought him the nickname “Mr. 1796”.
The Italian journalist, poet and librettist Apostolo Zeno was also an avid coin collector in the 18th century. His collection of around 10,766 coins was preserved in a monastery until it was sold by the Dorotheum between 1955 and 1957.