Frederick Charles Cogswell (F.C.C.) Boyd : Frederick Charles Cogswell (F.C.C.) Boyd, born either on April 4 or April 10, 1886, in New York City, passed away on September 7, 1958. His enduring legacy within the numismatic community is primarily associated with the sales of the John J. Ford Collection, as Ford had acquired numerous numismatic artifacts from Boyd. Boyd’s passion for numismatics encompassed a wide array of interests, spanning from colonial coins to peculiar and intriguing items, including political ribbons.
He was an active and dedicated member of the numismatic world and cemented his place in its history. In July 1912, he became a member of the American Numismatic Association (ANA), bearing the membership number 1594. He further solidified his commitment to the field by attaining the status of a fellow and resident member of the American Numismatic Society (ANS) on January 17, 1914. His involvement extended to the New York Coin Club, where he joined in July 1914 and assumed various roles, including serving as its President in 1916.
Boyd’s notable contributions to numismatics include his significant role in the NYCC paper money committee. His involvement in this committee culminated in the 1924 publication of Daniel Valentine’s reference book on fractional currency. In later years, between 1945 and 1946, Abe Kosoff and his Numismatic Gallery facilitated the sale of portions of the Boyd Collection under the pseudonym “World’s Greatest Collection.”
Among the noteworthy pieces held by Boyd and his wife, Helen, was a 1933 Saint-Gaudens double eagle, which garnered much attention and was proudly showcased at multiple ANA conventions. Boyd’s passion and dedication left an indelible mark on the numismatic community, and his collections continue to be celebrated and cherished.