Dr. Friedrich Imhoof-Blumer (1838-1920)
Friedrich Imhoof (Blumer was his wife's surname and was added to his own) was a dominant force in ancient numismatics in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. After retiring early, Imhoof delved deeply into numismatics and became an authority on Greek coinage. His home was said to house a massive collection of originals and casts, and he studied all of the major collections. He was a prolific note-taker, and was known for his precision, depth of knowledge and accuracy. Imhoof was consulted by many of the numismatic luminaries of his age with whom he co-published numerous articles and corpuses. Upon his death, was fondly remembered in an obituary published in the Numismatic Chronicle by distinguished British antiquarian Percy Gardner. A number of Imhoof's coins were sold to the Berlin Coin Cabinet, with the remainder sold through various auctions, including by Dr. Jacob Hirsch.
Biblio.: John Spring, Ancient Coins Auction Catalogues 1880-1980, London 2009 (description); image