Born in New York City, son of John Anthon and nephew of Charles Anthon. Graduate of Columbia in 1839. He taught history at St. John's College at Annapolis, Maryland. Later he taught at the College of the City of New York. Anthon wrote several books on historical themes. He never married. Died at Bremen, Germany, and buried in Manhattan.
Anthon became interested in numismatics about 1865. He was Corresponding Secretary of ANS March 29, 1867, to March 26, 1868. He served as the 4th, 6th, and 8th president of the ANS. His first term April 25, 1867, to May 9, 1867, was to fill the vacancy left after the resignation of Norton and until the successor, Ten Eyck, could be elected. His second term was March 25, 1869, to March 24, 1870, and third term from March 27, 1873, to October 1, 1883. If that last date is correct it would indicate that he continued to serve several months after his death. From May 1867 to April 1870 he was editor of the American Journal of Numismatics. The ANS issued a medal for Anthon after his death. Dies were by Lea Ahlborn of the Royal Swedish Mint.
Anthon cataloged three sales of his own collection in 1879, 1880, and 1882. They were sold at Bangs, Merwin & Co. Two additional sales were conducted after his death cataloged by Gaston Feuardent and Edward Cogan.
bio: ApCAB; DAB (*gives DOB as 1823);
WWWA-H obit: AJN 18 July 1883 page 22
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"Silver Louis of Fifteen Sous, Struck under Louis XIV., for Circulation in French America" is an article from Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society, Volume 16.