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DU BOIS, William Ewing, numismatist, born in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, 15 December 1810; died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 14 July 1881. He was assistant assayer at the U. S. mint in Philadelphia in 1836, and held the office until he succeeded his chief, Jacob R. Eckfeldt, on the death of the latter in 1872. The extensive numismatic collection in the mint at Philadelphia is wholly due to the skill and industry of Mr. Du Bois. Besides other contributions to the science of numismatics, he wrote "A Manual of Gold and Silver Coins of all Nations" (1842'51); and also had a large share in writing "A Description of Ancient and Modern Coins" (1860).
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