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Burdette G. Johnson


Born in DeSoto, Missouri. He moved to St. Louis when he was 12. He was self educated and read a book a day after he learned to read. He never married.

Associated with partner David A Sutherland in St. Louis Stamp and Coin. The business was purchased from F. E. Ellis July 7, 1907. Johnson bought out Sutherland September 21, 1908. Johnson conducted 36 auction sales from 1902 to 1915. He bought all five known examples of the 1913 Liberty nickel from the Colonel Green collection. He received large consignments of coins from the Virgil Brand estate to be sold for Armin Brand.

He died on a street car on the way to work in St. Louis. His collection was sold at auction by Hans Schulman in 1951 and 1952.

obit: NUM 60 May 1947 page 366

Source credit: Pete Smith, American Numismatic Biographies


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