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By Frank Van Valen, Numismatist & Cataloger, U.S. Coins

Benjamin Maximillian Mehl was born in Lithuania in 1884 and moved with his family to Fort Worth, Texas in 1896 when he was 12 years old. Working out of his family’s home on East 2nd Street, young Mehl began buying and selling coins. By 1903 he had taken his first ad in The Numismatist, and the following year he began a series of ads in the Fort Worth Telegram. 

By Q. David Bowers, Chairman Emeritus

Fort Worth, Texas, dealer B. Max Mehl had two favorite rarities: the 1913 Liberty Head nickel, which was the focal point of millions of dollars’ worth of advertising for his Star Rare Coin Encyclopedia, and the 1804 silver dollar, the latter called the “King of American Coins.”

Stack’s Bowers Galleries will be featuring The Guttag Family Collection, Part III in the Official Auction of the Whitman Coin and Collectibles Expo this November 14-19 in Baltimore Maryland.
During the 1920’s 1930’s there were few names in the numismatic world as well known as Henry and Julius Guttag, prominent New York City numismatists and securities dealers. The brothers were the owners of Guttag Brothers, with offices on Wall Street and Stone Street in lower Manhattan. Their first numismatic ads in 1920 offered to buy 100 Isabella quarters for $45 and announced that, “We are quantity dealers.”

Written by Q. David Bowers, Chairman Emeritus

See if you can match the numismatic ‘players’ with their ‘bases.’ Who did what? If you think that some of the questions are a bit obscure, you are right!