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Erlanger's 1935 passport photo.

Herbert Justin Erlanger (1905-1988), was born on March 31, 1905, at Nuremberg, Bavaria, Germany, son of Jewish parents, Justin Erlanger (1874-1908), and his wife.

He received his law degree from the University of Munich, Germany. His dissertation Die absorbierende Confusion bei der Bürgschaft, was published at Bonn in 1929.

He came to America in 1930.

He was a member of the New York Numismatic Club.

He was a New York attorney who handled international distribution of films for the Motion Picture Export Company.

In December 1939, he became ANA Member No. 7786.

On March 31, 1941, he became a naturalized citizen of the United States on his 36th birthday.

In 1942 he enlisted in the U. S. Army and became a 1st Lieutenant, 14th Armored Division.

In 1946 he was awarded a medal by the U. S. Government.

He was a Fellow of the ANS.

He published a series of articles on Franconian counterstamped Nuremberg coins and medals for the ANS.

In 1957, he published : Some German Counterstamps of the late Seventeenth Century and the Standard of the Leipzig Convention.

In the May 1957 issue of The Numismatist, he published "The Franconian Circle : Its Coins and Medals".

In 1960, he published "Medals of Altdorf University" for which he received "Honorable Mention," for the ANA's Heath Literary Awards of 1959.

In 1973, he presented "The Imperial Mint in Nuremberg" at the International Numismatic Congress hosted jointly by the ANS and the Smithsonian. This was published in 1979 as Die Reichsmünzstätte in Nürnberg (Nürnberger Forschungen).

In 1975, he published Origin and Development of the European Prize Medal to the end of the XVIIIth Century.

In 1981, he published his two volume work Nürnberger Medaillen 1806-1981. Die metallene Chronik der ehem. Reichsstadt im Zeitalter industrieller Kultur. (1985)

In 1982, the City of Nuremberg honored him for his work on the history of the city.

He died on February 29, 1988.

He bequeathed 275 books to the ANS Library.

In 1989, Bank Leu, published his catalogue : Sammlung Herbert J. Erlanger

Work :

The Last Gold Coins of the Free City of Nuremberg (1957)

Bibliography :

The Numismatist, May (1939) : 1016

The Numismatist, May (1957)

Annual Report of the American Numismatic Society. (1988)

The Numismatist, July (1988) : 1294 obit