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Lorenzo Harris Abbey : Coin Collector

Early 19th-century coin collector. Born: January 14, 1822 in Kinderbrook, New York. Died: March 17, 1881, in Jacksonville, Florida.

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1876 Advertisement for Abbey & Imbrie. Image: Ron Gast / luresnreels.com. Inset: Abbey Fishing Lure Illustration. Image: John Lupia III.
1876 Advertisement for Abbey & Imbrie. Image: Ron Gast / luresnreels.com. Inset: Abbey Fishing Lure Illustration. Image: John Lupia III.

Also known as “L.H. Abbey”, coin collector Lorenzo Harris Abbey was a Fish and Tackle merchant who patented the “Abbey Fly” fishing lure in 1874. He partnered with one C.F. Imbrie in a fishing tackle business called Abbey & Imbrie.

Harris married Ann B. Loosee. The two had a daughter named Ann Eveline, who was born in 1848. Harris survived his wife, who died before the 1880 Census.

Henry H. Leeds & Company sold some of Abbey’s holdings on September 8, 1863. W. E. Woodward sold some a year later (Woodward #10, October 18-22, 1864).

Famous Coin Pedigreed to Lorenzo Abbey

The “Abbey Cent”, 1799 S-189, was graded PCGS XF45. This example was sold by Heritage Auctions on 2/15/2008 for $161,000 USD. Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions (HA.Com)
The “Abbey Cent”, 1799 S-189, was graded PCGS XF45. This example was sold by Heritage Auctions on 2/15/2008 for $161,000. Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions (HA.Com)

Abbey’s 1799 Draped Bust cent (the “Abbey Cent”) was one of the finest at the time. According to 19th-century numismatic historian Dr. Emmanuel Joseph Attinelli, Abbey purchased the coin for $25 from a Mr. Rogers of Fulton Street, who paid a countryman $2 for it. PCGS graded the coin XF45, which puts it high in the condition census, but not the finest.

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