Newell, Edward Theodore, 1886-1941

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  • Born 1886: Kenosha (Wis.)
  • Attended Yale 1903 - 1909 : Yale University (Conn.)
  • Received Archer M. Huntington Medal Award 1918:
  • The Royal Numismatic Society awarded him its medal for "distinguished service in numismatic research." 1925:
  • Died 1941:
Edward Theodore Newell (1886–1941) was a U.S. numismatist. He served as the president of the American Numismatic Society between 1916 and 1941.

Edward T. Newell, the ANS's longest-serving President and perhaps the greatest numismatist of his generation, was born in Kenosha, Wisconsin in 1886. He attended Yale University, from which he earned his bachelor of arts in 1907 and master of arts in 1909. It was during his tenure at Yale, that the young Newell — just 19 years old — first inquired in 1905 about membership in the ANS. By 1910, at the age of 24, Newell was elected to the Society's governing Council. In 1916 he was named ANS President, a position he would hold until his untimely death in 1941.

During his lifetime, Newell was considered to be the world's leading expert on the coinage of Alexander the Great and his successors. And Newell's collection — with more than 87,000 coins — was considered to be the largest private collection of Greek coins. Upon his death, Newell bequeathed this mammoth collection to the ANS. It was — and still is — the largest single donation given to the Society.

Newell was a prolific author. From 1912 through 1941, Newell published more than 30 monographs, and left behind numerous unpublished manuscripts. In recognition of his contributions to numismatic writings, Newell received the first Archer M. Huntington Medal Award in 1918. In addition, in 1925, the Royal Numismatic Society awarded him its medal for "distinguished service in numismatic research."

In addition to his association with the ANS, Newell also was a Fellow of the Royal Numismatic Society, the British Numismatic Society and the American Numismatic Association. He also served as President of the New York Numismatic Club in the 1930s.

Upon his passing in February of 1941, The Numismatist declared that "[Newell's] numismatic life was an ideal which others may strive to emulate." Newell was only 55 years old.

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creatorOf Porada, Edith, 1912-1994. Robed figure raising hand and facing rampant caprid and bird, with stars flanking rhomb above line overhead, with long prayer inscription running underfoot. [seal impression]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Porada, Edith, 1912-1994. Robed worshiper holding crooked staff facing standard, with crescent above [seal impression]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Correspondence and speech on Huey Long satirical medal American Numismatic Society
creatorOf Porada, Edith, 1912-1994. Robed king presenting animal to seated figure holding vessel and robed attendant, with crescent-disk above and guilloche over pair of attendants with crossed arms [seal impression]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Porada, Edith, 1912-1994. Geometric design of gouged wedges and amorphous objects [seal impression]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Porada, Edith, 1912-1994. Pair of charioteers driving two horses (or lions?) over supine victim, with bird and horizontal kilted figure above, followed by two kilted attendants [seal impression]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Porada, Edith, 1912-1994. Winged, crowned sphinxes each raising paw over god in aura below winged disk, between double borders filled with palm plants [seal impression]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Porada, Edith, 1912-1994. Two confronted pairs, one wearing kilt, the other a robe, with three vertical dividing lines [seal impression]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Porada, Edith, 1912-1994. Kilted figure carrying animal and dancer on left of large vessel, over which kilted figure on the right cuts animal with sword, followed by robed figure carrying ibex by the horns [seal impression]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Birge, Charles E., architect. Photographs and blueprints of Huntington Free Library, [ca. 1890]-1931. Cornell University Library
creatorOf Porada, Edith, 1912-1994. Robed king facing suppliant goddess, with winged disk, Egyptianizing crowned falcon, couchant lion, bird, standing figure, and guilloche dividing confronted seated banqueters and table above from charging bull and vultures below [seal impression]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Newell, Edward : [miscellaneous ephemeral material]. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
creatorOf Porada, Edith, 1912-1994. Figure crouching atop couchant cow delivering calf pointing spear at attacking, rampant lion, with bucranium [seal impression]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Porada, Edith, 1912-1994. Robed attendant attendant facing tree or plant in vessel and god riding winged lion, with crescent-disk above [seal impression]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Porada, Edith, 1912-1994. Eagle clutching snakes above robed king holding feather facing robe king holding lotus-staff, Egyptian ankh between, and horizontal guilloche dividing confronted kneeling griffins with weapons above, and procession of three kilted figures facing lion below [seal impression]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Porada, Edith, 1912-1994. Robed king facing goddess holding plant, with double guilloche bordering three kilted attendants and weapons, between single borders [seal impression]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Porada, Edith, 1912-1994. Robed worshiper with animal sacrifice facing seated god holding rod-with-balls, and robed deity ascending on sphinx holding rosette-standard facing kneeling worshiper atop sphinx and quadruped [seal impression]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Porada, Edith, 1912-1994. Two kilted figures flanking and spearing rampant lion, with dog and bird above, and inverted crowned and kilted figure, perhaps Ba'al or another storm god [seal impression]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Porada, Edith, 1912-1994. Kilted figure spearing lion attacking supine caprid, with attendant bearing knife and cup , and field of animals including four caprids, stag, canine, and ostrich [seal impression]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Porada, Edith, 1912-1994. Belted and nude figures touching hands below star above cult stand, with nude demon raising hand, vessel, Egyptian ankh, and eagle over guilloche over rabbit [seal impression]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Porada, Edith, 1912-1994. Standing figure surrounded by creatures, including scorpion, caprid, bull, and other (damaged) [seal impression]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Porada, Edith, 1912-1994. Four vultures surrounding couchant ibex facing other caprid, within single border [seal impression]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Porada, Edith, 1912-1994. Continuous guilloche dividing horizontal robed king and confronted seated griffins from horizontal robed figure holding plant and seated lions flanking god [seal impression]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Porada, Edith, 1912-1994. Eagle, with spread wings, flanked by caprids [seal impression]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Porada, Edith, 1912-1994. Robed figure carrying lion, and kilted female figure carrying segmented cloth , followed by four trees and two bovids, all facing building facade decorated with hatched, ladder, circles, and chevron patterned panels [seal impression]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Porada, Edith, 1912-1994. Robed two-faced god, tree, robed demon holding rampant lion, robed god with two bull heads holding caprid, with bucrania and rosette above [seal impression]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Porada, Edith, 1912-1994. Smiting figure facing two registers divided by horizontal guilloche, above numerous quadrupeds in various positions, below confronted sphinxes, demons, atlantid figure holding lion, and kneeling figure [seal impression]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Shippen family. Papers, 1749-1899. Historical Society of Pennsylvania
creatorOf Porada, Edith, 1912-1994. Belted goddess holding rope, winged lion-demon, squatting dwarf, and bull-demon (minotaur) with curved sword, with star, bird, and lotus in margins [seal impression]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Edward T. Newell letter to Alfred Bellinger American Numismatic Society
creatorOf Porada, Edith, 1912-1994. Three robed worshipers bearing bucket, kid, and cup facing cult stand and pair of bearded gods in flounced skirts holding sticks over each shoulder, with sword between worshipers [seal impression]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Porada, Edith, 1912-1994. Two standards of Inanna, and smaller altar with similar tasseled poles atop walking bull, broken [seal impression]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Porada, Edith, 1912-1994. Robed king worshiping three gods, first frontally viewed with hands joined over head in schematic aura, second ascending sun-god, and third ascending goddess holding weapons, with monkey and fly [seal impression]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Porada, Edith, 1912-1994. Robed king facing crescent-disk and kilted figure with curved sword, and lion attacking bull over guilloche over seated sphinxes flanking palm tree [seal impression]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Porada, Edith, 1912-1994. Pair of charioteers driving two lions , followed by two kilted attendants or soldiers, with rosette-filled guilloche and bird above [seal impression]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Porada, Edith, 1912-1994. Winged bull with raised foreleg [seal impression]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Porada, Edith, 1912-1994. Robed god sitting with steering oar in stern of boat with god-shaped prow, followed by lion and scorpion-man with raised hands, with ibexes, bull, eagle, vessel, and seed plow above [seal impression]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Porada, Edith, 1912-1994. Robed god or goddess with lightning fork riding goat-fish, seated figure and monkey above couchant caprid, and quadruped above lion [seal impression]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Porada, Edith, 1912-1994. Kilted hero holding paw of rampant griffin and hind leg of inverted lion, broken [seal impression]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Porada, Edith, 1912-1994. Seated charioteer running horse over supine victim [seal impression]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Porada, Edith, 1912-1994. Hero in tasseled kilt holding sword overhead and holding horse by the head and stepping on its foreleg with raised foot, with lightning fork over horse [seal impression]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Porada, Edith, 1912-1994. Robed figure and sitting griffin, surrounded by dot-circle, bucranium, table, snake, tree, and crescents [seal impression]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Porada, Edith, 1912-1994. Nude frontal figure with tail holding inverted lions, with flanking crescents and globes above [seal impression]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Edward T. Newell papers American Numismatic Society
creatorOf Porada, Edith, 1912-1994. Pair of confronted seated sphinxes and pair of confronted walking griffins above continuous guilloche above kneeling archer shooting lion stainding on prey, with confronted eagles and rabbit [seal impression]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Porada, Edith, 1912-1994. Nude worshiper facing Egyptian falcon-headed god wearing crownn and holding staff, with ankh, birds, lotus flowers, and vertical guilloche [seal impression]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Porada, Edith, 1912-1994. Belted figure carrying pole on shoulder, one-handled vessel, and second figure carrying conical vessel, broken [seal impression]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Howells family papers, 1850-1954 (inclusive). Houghton Library.
creatorOf Porada, Edith, 1912-1994. Running double guilloche dividing seated lion and sphinx above from pairs of confronted bulls and vultures below, and tetrad of joined heroes holding crescent-disk-scepters inside circle formed by separating and rejoining guilloche [seal impression]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Porada, Edith, 1912-1994. Worshiper facing seated figure holding vessel, and confronted kneeling robed gods touching top of crescent-disk standard [seal impression]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Porada, Edith, 1912-1994. Lower frieze of two couchant bulls and ibex, with lion, caprids, and spread-winged eagle above [seal impression]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Porada, Edith, 1912-1994. Continuous frieze of pairs of sheep or other caprids feeding on crossed flowering plant, with identical frieze above [seal impression]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Porada, Edith, 1912-1994. Robed king facing suppliant goddess and nude hero, with crooked snake-staff, Egyptian ankh, and crescent disk between figures, and three registers, each with sphinx, griffin, or lion facing bull or caprid [seal impression]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Porada, Edith, 1912-1994. Two stags in opposing orientation, with snake, damaged [seal impression]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
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creatorOf Edward T. Newell notebook on coins in collections of Italy, undated American Numismatic Society
creatorOf Edward T. Newell notebook on coins of the Athens National Museum, undated American Numismatic Society
creatorOf Edward T. Newell notebook on coins in Dresden, undated American Numismatic Society
creatorOf Edward T. Newell notebook on Indo-Bactrian and Scythian coins, undated American Numismatic Society
referencedIn Portrait photograph of Edward T. Newell as a young child American Numismatic Society
creatorOf Late Seleucid mints in Ake-Ptolemais and Damascus American Numismatic Society
creatorOf Alexander hoards American Numismatic Society
creatorOf Edward T. Newell hoard notebook, undated American Numismatic Society
referencedIn Portrait photograph of Edward T. Newell as a young child American Numismatic Society
creatorOf Edward T. Newell notebook on coins in the Bodleian Library collection, undated American Numismatic Society
creatorOf Alexander hoards American Numismatic Society
creatorOf first Seleucid coinage of Tyre American Numismatic Society
creatorOf Edward T. Newell notebook of notes and drafts on western Seleucid mints, circa 1940 American Numismatic Society
creatorOf Edward T. Newell notebook on coins in various collections, undated American Numismatic Society
creatorOf Edward T. Newell notebook on coins of Cyprus, Syria, Phoenicia, Babylon, Alexandria, and the East, undated American Numismatic Society
creatorOf Edward T. Newell notebook on coins in American private collections, undated American Numismatic Society
creatorOf Byzantine hoard of Lagbe American Numismatic Society
creatorOf Alexander hoards American Numismatic Society
creatorOf Edward T. Newell notebook on coins of the M.C. Soutso collection, undated American Numismatic Society
creatorOf Mithradates of Parthia and Hyspaosines of Characene American Numismatic Society
creatorOf Pergamene mint under Philetaerus American Numismatic Society
creatorOf Edward T. Newell notebook on coins in museums of Turin and The Hague, undated American Numismatic Society
referencedIn Portrait photograph of Edward T. Newell American Numismatic Society
creatorOf hoard from Siphnos American Numismatic Society
creatorOf Edward T. Newell notebook on coins at the British Museum, undated American Numismatic Society
referencedIn Portrait photograph of Edward T. Newell as a young man American Numismatic Society
creatorOf Edward T. Newell notebook of Phillip II coin photographs, undated American Numismatic Society
creatorOf Miscellanea numismatica American Numismatic Society
creatorOf Edward T. Newell notebook on coins at Berlin, undated American Numismatic Society
creatorOf Edward T. Newell notebook on coin collections of Massachusetts, undated American Numismatic Society
creatorOf Edward T. Newell notebook on the coinage of Philip II, undated American Numismatic Society
creatorOf secret of the Good Samaritan shilling American Numismatic Society
creatorOf Edward T. Newell notebook on coins of ancient Greek mints, undated American Numismatic Society
creatorOf Edward T. Newell hoard notebook, undated American Numismatic Society
creatorOf Edward T. Newell notebook on coins from private collections of Great Britain, undated American Numismatic Society
creatorOf Five Greek bronze coin hoards American Numismatic Society
creatorOf Edward T. Newell hoard notebook, circa 1939 American Numismatic Society
creatorOf Edward T. Newell notebook on the posthumous coins of Lysimachus, undated American Numismatic Society
referencedIn Portrait photograph of Edward T. Newell American Numismatic Society
creatorOf Edward T. Newell notebook on coins at Berlin, undated American Numismatic Society
creatorOf Edward T. Newell hoard notebook, undated American Numismatic Society
creatorOf Edward T. Newell notebook on ancient Greek coins from uncertain collections, undated American Numismatic Society
creatorOf Edward T. Newell notebook on private and provincial collections of France, undated American Numismatic Society
creatorOf Edward T. Newell notebook on late civic coins of Alexander III, undated American Numismatic Society
creatorOf Fifth Dura Hoard American Numismatic Society
creatorOf Edward T. Newell notebook on coins of Alexander III and Cassander at Paris, undated American Numismatic Society
referencedIn Photograph showing (l to r) Robert Robertson, Howland Wood, Farran Zerbe and Edward T. Newell outside the ANS Audubon Terrace headquarters building American Numismatic Society
creatorOf Edward T. Newell notebook on coins in the collection of Yale and Michigan Universities, undated American Numismatic Society
creatorOf Edward T. Newell notebook on finds at Susa American Numismatic Society
creatorOf Edward T. Newell notebook on coins of Lampsacus, Abydus, Tarsus, and miscellaneous, undated American Numismatic Society
creatorOf Edward T. Newell notebook on coins from collections in America and Toronto, undated American Numismatic Society
creatorOf Edward T. Newell notebook on coins of Alexander III at Berlin, undated American Numismatic Society
creatorOf Edward T. Newell notebook on coins at Berlin, undated American Numismatic Society
referencedIn Portrait photograph of Edward T. Newell as a young child American Numismatic Society
creatorOf Two Recent Egyptian Hoards American Numismatic Society
creatorOf Küchük Köhne hoard American Numismatic Society
referencedIn Photograph of Edward T. Newell with his mother and sister American Numismatic Society
referencedIn Portrait photograph of Edward T. Newell as a young man American Numismatic Society
referencedIn Photograph of the presentation of the Prince of Wales medal to H.R.H. aboard the HMS Renown American Numismatic Society
referencedIn Portrait photograph of Edward T. Newell as a young child American Numismatic Society
creatorOf Edward T. Newell notebook of Alexander III coin photographs, undated American Numismatic Society
creatorOf Coinage of the Eastern Seleucid Mints from Seleucus I to Antiochus III American Numismatic Society
creatorOf Edward T. Newell notebook on private collections, 1917-1938 American Numismatic Society
referencedIn Portrait photograph of Edward T. Newell as a young child American Numismatic Society
creatorOf Two hoards from Minturno American Numismatic Society
creatorOf Edward T. Newell notebook on coins of Amphipolis, undated American Numismatic Society
creatorOf Edward T. Newell notebook on provincial coin collections in Great Britain, undated American Numismatic Society
creatorOf Seleucid [!] coinages of Tyre, a supplement American Numismatic Society
referencedIn Photograph of the Bain Wagon Company American Numismatic Society
creatorOf Edward T. Newell notebook on the coins of Gallic tribes, undated American Numismatic Society
referencedIn Portrait photograph of Edward T. Newell American Numismatic Society
creatorOf Edward T. Newell notebook on coins of Alexander III at Berlin, undated American Numismatic Society
creatorOf Some unpublished coins of eastern dynasts American Numismatic Society
creatorOf Edward T. Newell notebook on coins of Pella, uncertain Macedonia, and Peloponnesus, undated American Numismatic Society
creatorOf Edward T. Newell notebook on coins of Indo-Greek rulers, undated American Numismatic Society
creatorOf Edward T. Newell notebook of notes and drafts on western Seleucid mints, circa 1940 American Numismatic Society
creatorOf Octobols of Histiaea American Numismatic Society
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Death 1941

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