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Yoanna, Dr. Aurelius De (1861-), 111 Pierrepont Street, Brooklyn, New York. He was born in Avelino, Italy, on December 21, 1861. In 1880 he immigrated to America. In 1884 he married. His father was the owner of Banca Avillinese, which suffered difficulties in April 1888. He graduated from the University of the State of New York (AB). He then studied in Polytechnical Schools in Italy, Switzerland and France. He was employed at the Chemist · Bacteriology and Hygienic Bureau, Paris, France, from1891-1893. He graduated from Bellevue Hospital Medical College in 1898 (MD). In 1916 he patented an identification film to place on X-Rays to identify the person.

He purchased a valuable collection of Italian letters from the Maggs Brothers, London, and donated them to Columbia University, Library, New York, together with a collection of rare Italian books valued over $10,000.

He was a member of the New York Numismatic Club. His suggestion to exhibit coins unknown and unclassified was taken up by the NY Numismatic Club and the ANA in 1922.

He owned a rare gold 1-1/2 Solidi of Constantine the Great of which only about seven were known.

His collection combined with J. K. Shoffner of 621 lots sold through Henry Chapman, 43rd  sale. on April 25, 1923. Adams rating B-

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Bibliography :

“The Italian Banker’s Creditors,” The New York Times, Wednesday, April 9, 1888, front page

Catalogue Egger (1912) : Plate III, No. 1390, gold 1-1/2 Solidi of Constantine the Great in the Dr. de Yoanna Collection

“X-Rays and the Law,” Popular Science Monthly, Volume 88, No. 6, June (1916) : 879

Agnes Baldwin, “Five Gold Medallions or Multiple Solidi of the Late Roman Empire,” Numismatic Notes and Monographs, No. 6 (1921) : 2, 29

“A Suggestion for ANA Convention Exhibits,” The Numismatist November (1922) : 559-560

Romanic Review, Volume 18 (1927) : 288

Howard R. Marraro, “Unpublished Letters of Italian Patriots of the Risorgimento,” Italica, Volume 20, No. 4, December (1943) : 180-188

Gengerke, Martin, American Numismatic Auctions, 8th edition (1990) : 34;

Adams, Vol. 1, 97