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Hans M.F. Schulman

Hans M F Schulman was born in the Netherlands in 1913 into the great Jewish Dutch coin dealing family of the first Jacque Schulman, who founded a coin dealership in 1880. Hans studied as a youth, first in Amsterdam, and later at the Sorbonne in Paris, where he was when he left for the United States one step ahead of the Nazis. A flamboyant ladies man who spoke five languages, he be came a pioneer of modern professional numismatics in this country. Schulman was a founding member of both the Professional Numismatics Guild and the International Association of Professional Numismatists. He well may have been the first of the “fast and loose” professional American coin traders, buying and selling just about every kind of odd and curious coin and paper money. He was allied for a time with Sol Kaplan, and he did business in a separate entity known as Coin Associates partnered with Abe Kosoff and Robert Friedberg.  At the time, Abe Kosoff operated Numismatic Gallery with Abner Kreisberg. In 1946 he published The Coin Collectors Almanac. In 1952 he was the first Numismatist appointed as a member of the U. S. Assay Commission. His clients list was a numismatic who’s who of the time, including King Farouk of Egypt, King Umberto II of Italy, Col. James Curtis, George Lee, Howard Gibbs, and Adolph Menjou, the actor. In 1968 he befriended and then employed Neil S. Berman, Bermans first paid job in the coin business. He generously donated his four hundred thousand card filing system on coins to the American Numismatic Association Library in 1987. Later in a switch of fate, Hans was employed from 1987 to 1990 by Neil S. Berman Inc. where he coauthored The Investors Guide to United States Coins. He died in New York City in 1990 at the age of 77.

Published Print References

Schulman: US and the Netherlands The Numismatist July 1944
2 Schulman: Coin Collectors Almanac NYC 1946
Schulman: Coin Dealer of Kings Esquire Magazine Dec. 1951
Schulman: Editorial The Numismatist January 1969
Schulman: Auction Results The Numismatist February 1970
Schulman in Bermuda: The Numismatist November 1970
Schulman with King Umberto: The Numismatist August 1971
Schulman: Cleaning and Preservation of Coins Durst NYC 1976
Schulman: Investors Guide to United States Coins December 1986
ANA Receives Schulman’s Card System: The Numismatist March 1987
11 Schulman: Book Review The Numismatist May 1987
12 Schulman: Obituary The Numismatist May 1990
13 Schulman: Numismatic News December 2003
14 Schulman: Daves Notes January 2004
15 Schulman: Collectors of Legend Coinage Magazine 2005             

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