Edward D. Cogan

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Edward David Cogan

(1803-01-05)January 5, 1803
Walthamstow, Essex County, England
DiedApril 7, 1884(1884-04-07) (aged 81)
Brooklyn, NY
  • Coin Dealer and Cataloger
Spouse(s)Louise Webb

Edward David Cogan (January 5, 1803 - April 7, 1884), was born at Walthamstow, Essex County, England, son of Eliezer Cogan (1762-1855) and Mary Atchison (1769-1850). Before his move to the United States we was an accountant in England. [1]

In 1853 he emigrated from England to Camden, New Jersey, U. S. He was married to Louise Webb and they had seven children: Mary Louisa (1844-), Richard (1845-), Edwin (1848-), William (1850-), Thomas (1851-), Charles (1853-), and George (1858-). [2]

Shortly after moving to the U.S. he opened a curio shop as a dealer in fine art and books in Philadelphia, PA. [3]

But upon seeing the coin market as a way to expand his business Cogan took the task to learn the field of American numismatics, most likely from Joseph Jacob Mickley (1799-1878), who had advanced knowledge in this field and twenty-six year Ebenezer Locke Mason, Jr. (1826-1901), an aspiring coin dealer. Within about five years Cogan became a full-time coin dealer and had a well-published coin auction of November 1, 1858, which was a "private sale" with bidding sent by U. S. mail. [4]

He moved is family and business to Brooklyn, New York, in March 1867. [5]

In 1868 he had a feud with Ebenezer Locke Mason, Jr. one of the men who helped him learn the coin trade. [6]

He retired on October 14, 1879 leaving the business to his sons George and Richard. However, according to the 1880 US Census he retired from the fur business.

He died April 7, 1884 in Brooklyn, NY. His obituary in The Coin Collector’s Journal, May, 1884 [7], claimed "He was among the first to hold auction sales of coins in America, and it is stated on good authority that his catalogues, which unfortunately were unnumbered, are even yet greater in number than those of any other dealer.” John N. Lupia, III called this claim into question in his article about Edward Cogan published on NumismaticMall.com. [8]

The E-Sylum article about Cogan states he is called "the father of U. S. coin collecting" or alternately "the father of the coin trade in America." [9]


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