Born in Montezuma, Ohio. Attended Otterbein University at Westerville, Ohio. Married Minnie E. Nutt December 25, 1888. They had a daughter. Lived in Ohio after 1890. Employed as a school teacher, salesman, bookkeeper and editor. He had been employed by the New Orleans Daily Commercial Bulletin and by the Philadelphia Medical News.
Green collected Masonic mark pennies. In 1906 he had 650 different and at the time of his death, 2600 varieties. At the 1911, 1912 and 1913 ANA conventions he exhibited an extensive collection of encased postage stamps. In 1913 there were 135 pieces shown. In 1914 he exhibited encased postage stamps at the ANS. The exhibit opened January 17, 1914, the day of his death.
He served as Librarian and Curator of ANA. In 1913 he was elected to the board of governors. He was a member of the ANS and of the Chicago Numismatic Society. He belonged to several other organizations relating to numismatics and philatelics.
Green began dealing in coins about 1902. He conducted 84 auctions from 1902 to 1914 including the 1907 and 1911 ANA sales. Published the Numismatist's Reference and Check Book in 1902. He died in Chicago. Coins from his estate were sold in three auctions by Edward Michael in 1914.
bio: Adams II (photo)
obit: NUM 27 Feb 1914 page 68
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Chicago dealer Ben Green's checklist of United States coins, territorial gold, fractional currency, and encased postage stamps.