Frederick Cogswell C. Boyd
Born in New York City. He quit school at age 13 to become apprenticed as a printer. At age 17 he was a traveling salesman. Married to Mary Helen Lynch with a son. Employed as advertising manager of the American Tobacco Company in New York City. He worked with H. B. Claffin & Co. Later he managed the Union News Company. He retired as vice president of the company in 1946. He served on the board of the National Recovery Administration during the 1930's and on the board of the Office of Price Administration during World War II. Resident of Ringoes, New Jersey.
Boyd began collecting about 1899. He sold his first collection to Thomas Elder. He was associate curator of modern coins for Yale University.
He was life member number 5 of the ANA and life fellow of the ANS. He served as president of the New York Numismatic Club in 1916, 1917 and 1923. He was secretary treasurer 1919 to 1920 and 1929 to 1946. He was honored with one of their presidential medals. The design was by J. M. Swanson. Varieties were struck with two different reverses. The first reverse was used for one gold, one silver and 50 bronze medals. The second reverse was used for 122 silver and eight bronze medals.
Boyd was a part time coin dealer in New York City. He conducted three auction sales including the 1922 ANA sale. Owner of "The World's Greatest Collection" sold at auction by Numismatic Gallery in 1945-1946. His collection of pattern coins was sold to King Farouk. Among his contributions to the ANS were 13,552 pieces donated in 1956. He died in East Orange, New Jersey. In 1978 he was elected to the ANA Numismatic Hall of Fame. In 2019 he was inducted into the SPMC Hall of Fame.
His collections of odd and curious money and political ribbons were sold at auction by Bowers and Ruddy September 23, 1982. Much of his collection was sold privately. Boyd coins have been included in at least 16 auction sales.
bio: NUM 64 Mar 1951 page 268
obit: NUM 71 Oct 1958 p. 1180; NTY 9/9/58; ANAHist 886Source credit: Pete Smith, American Numismatic Biographies