Accession GA423 - Edgar William Pyke coin collection.

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Edgar William Pyke coin collection.

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SCA367-GA423

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  • 585 BCE-1935 (Creation)
    Creator
    Pyke, Edgar William

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  • 209 coins
  • 1 coin weight

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(1891-1981)

Biographical history

Born April 12, 1891 to William Thomas Pyke and Annie Warner, Edgar William Pyke was a high school classics teacher who collected coins to use for teaching examples for his classes. Raised in Toronto, he attended McMaster University until his schooling was interrupted by the First World War. Edgar enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force on May 20, 1919 and was sent to France. He was wounded at Vimy in April of 1917 suffering a shrapnel wound to the left arm and chest. After being invalided back to Canada he recovered at the Central Military Convalescence Hospital before returning to his studies. He graduated in 1919 and was able to secure employment as a teacher of classics. On August 4, 1925 he married Ethel Morgan of England. Edgar died in 1981 and is buried at Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Toronto.

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Collection of coins ranging from the Persian Empire of the 6th century BCE to 19th century Britain. The coins reflect the development of the monetary systems, art, religion and shifting borders of the world. Also included are a coin weight and various electrotype coin reproductions.

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Donated in 2019 by Elizabeth Kerr.

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Staff must be present during use of this collection.

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Draft

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Created JB March 2019

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