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John Story Jenks


Born in Baltimore. Attended Haverford College. Married with three children. He died in Philadelphia.

He began collecting about 1850. The collection was sold at auction by Henry Chapman December 7-17, 1921. The sale had 7300 lots offered over ten days. It is believed that 60 copies of the sale were issued with 42 photographic plates. This is one of the most highly valued auction catalogs. The total amount realized was $61,379.46. A silver center cent realized $440, a Birch cent realized $500, an 1849 Mormon gold $20 realized $460 and an 1873 gold pattern $5 brought $810.

obit: NUM 36 May 1923 page 214

Source credit: Pete Smith, American Numismatic Biographies


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