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More than 150 rarities from The Eric P. Newman Collection at Central States

Judd-1962
Judd-1962

Pattern coinage collected by Eric P. Newman, legendary numismatic researcher and founding member of the Central States Numismatic Society (CSNS), will be sold April 25 at the CSNS Annual Convention's Official Auction, presented by Heritage Auctions in Schaumburg, IL.

Items being sold are from the extensive collection of Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society (a Missouri not-for-profit corporation) and have been assembled over a period of 90 years. Proceeds of the sale of all items will be used exclusively for the benefit of other not-for-profit institutions selected by the Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society for public purposes and also for supplementing the Society's own museum operations and scholarly research efforts.

"It is a great honor for us to offer this collection," said Jim Halperin, Co-Chairman of Heritage. "Eric P. Newman is a titan of numismatics and one of the hobby's greatest treasures. This sale will help many worthy causes, including Eric's tradition of adding to our knowledge about the history of money. The Newman family's generosity is nothing short of inspiring."

Newman co-authored The Fantastic 1804 Dollar, the first comprehensive work on the mysterious and much-loved coins, and was the last person to own all five examples of another famous rarity, the 1913 Liberty nickel.

Through books and countless articles for numismatic periodicals, he has shared his knowledge with several generations of collectors. The centenarian Newman remains active in numismatic research, personally and as a founder of his eponymous society. He and his wife of more than 70 years, Evelyn, established the Newman Money Museum on the campus of Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri; Newman attended Washington University's School of Law, receiving his Juris Doctor in 1935, and practiced law for more than a half century.

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Though Newman is most famous for his work with early American coins and currency, he also assembled an extensive pattern collection. One of the rarest offerings is a 1915 Panama-Pacific half dollar without "S" mintmark, the Judd-1961 variety struck in silver, graded PR65 by NGC. A companion piece, the Judd-1962, is identical save that it was struck in copper and is graded PR66+ Red and Brown by NGC.

"Pattern coins of the twentieth century are rare, and opportunities to own them rarer still," said Halperin. "The 1915 Panama-Pacific half dollars without mintmarks were struck in gold, silver, and copper, but for each metal, fewer than four examples are known."

An 1879 "quintuple stella" or twenty dollar pattern has the proposed coin's weight and composition spelled out between stars on the obverse in the style of the four dollar, or "stella," patterns of the same year. The Newman example of the very rare Judd-1644 variety, struck in copper, is graded PR64+ Red and Brown by NGC.

An intriguing 1877 pattern, Judd-1506 in silver, has the portrait of the famous Morgan dollar on a half-dollar-size coin, while the reverse has an eagle framed by a seven-sided shield and a wreath around. The Newman coin, PR67 NGC, is the single finest certified example of its extremely rare type.

In addition to the pattern coins, a handful of other selections from The Eric P. Newman Collection will appear in the auction. Among these is a complete copper and silver 1845 proof set, which will introduce new examples of several early Seated proof rarities to the numismatic marketplace.

Humbert 10 Humbert 10

The only Territorial gold coin among the Selections from the Eric P. Newman Collection deserves special mention. The coin, an 1852 Humbert ten dollar piece, Kagin-10 variety with Close Date and 884/1000 fineness, was struck in San Francisco by the United States Assayer two years before the opening of the San Francisco Mint. Graded MS68 NGC, it far outclasses any other specimen of its kind ever certified. The best prior result at a major grading service was MS62. Remarkably, it also is finer than any other 19th century Territorial or California Fractional Gold coin recognized by NGC or PCGS.

"The Newman specimen of the 1852 Humbert ten dollar is one-of-a-kind," said Halperin. "We expect fierce bidding from collectors who will know that not only will they be getting the single finest Territorial gold coin known, but the money the Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society receives will be used to benefit the public and support further research into the history of coins."

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Patterns featured in this week's Internet auctions

This week's Sunday and Tuesday Internet auctions will be featuring an exceptional selection of rare US patterns for your bidding pleasure. A few of the highlights are:

Sunday:

1868 Five Dollar/25 Francs, Judd-659, Pollock-732, Low R.7, PR65 Cameo PCGS. CAC. Ex: Samuel Berngard Collection 1868 Five Dollar/25 Francs, Judd-659, Pollock-732, Low R.7, PR65 Cameo PCGS. CAC. Ex: Samuel Berngard Collection 1871 One Dollar, Judd-1147, Pollock-1289, R.6-7, PR66 Red and Brown Cameo NGC. Ex: Samuel Berngard Collection 1871 One Dollar, Judd-1147, Pollock-1289, R.6-7, PR66 Red and Brown Cameo NGC. Ex: Samuel Berngard Collection
1868 Five Dollar/25 Francs, Judd-659,
Pollock-732, Low R.7, PR65 Cameo PCGS.
CAC. Ex: Samuel Berngard Collection

Struck in aluminum with a plain edge
1871 One Dollar, Judd-1147, Pollock-1289,
R.6-7, PR66 Red and Brown Cameo NGC.
Ex: Samuel Berngard Collection

Longacre obverse and regular reverse, struck in copper with a reeded edge.

1851 Dollar, Judd-132 Restrike, Pollock-159, Low R.7, PR66 Brown NGC. Ex: Lemus Collection 1851 Dollar, Judd-132 Restrike, Pollock-159, Low R.7, PR66 Brown NGC. Ex: Lemus Collection 1871 Ten Cents, Judd-1084, Low R.7, PR66 Cameo NGC. Ex: Bass/Samuel Berngard Collection 1871 Ten Cents, Judd-1084, Low R.7, PR66 Cameo NGC. Ex: Bass/Samuel Berngard Collection
1851 Dollar, Judd-132 Restrike, Pollock-159,
Low R.7, PR66 Brown NGC.
Ex: Lemus Collection

Struck in copper from regular 1851 dies.
1871 Ten Cents, Judd-1084, Low R.7,
PR66 Cameo NGC.
Ex: Bass/Samuel Berngard Collection

Longacre obverse with stars and regular reverse, struck in silver.
1870 Standard Silver Ten Cents, Judd-848, Pollock-948, High R.7, PR66 NGC. CAC. Ex: Samuel Berngard Collection 1870 Standard Silver Ten Cents, Judd-848, Pollock-948, High R.7, PR66 NGC. CAC. Ex: Samuel Berngard Collection
1870 Standard Silver Ten Cents, Judd-848,
Pollock-948, High R.7, PR66 NGC. CAC.
Ex: Samuel Berngard Collection

Struck in aluminum with a plain edge.

Tuesday:

1871 Gold Dollar, Judd-1161, Pollock-1303, R.8, PR65 Brown NGC. Ex: Samuel Berngard Collection 1871 Gold Dollar, Judd-1161, Pollock-1303, R.8, PR65 Brown NGC. Ex: Samuel Berngard Collection 1852 Dollar, Judd-134 Restrike, Pollock-161, High R.7, Silver Plated Proof NCS 1852 Dollar, Judd-134 Restrike, Pollock-161, High R.7, Silver Plated Proof NCS
1871 Gold Dollar, Judd-1161, Pollock-1303,
R.8, PR65 Brown NGC.
Ex: Samuel Berngard Collection

Struck in copper from regular 1871 dies.

1852 Dollar, Judd-134 Restrike, Pollock-161,
High R.7, Silver Plated Proof NCS

Struck in copper from regular 1852 dies.

1871 Half Dollar, Judd-1117, Pollock-1253, High R.7, PR65 Brown NGC. Ex: Samuel Berngard Collection 1871 Half Dollar, Judd-1117, Pollock-1253, High R.7, PR65 Brown NGC. Ex: Samuel Berngard Collection 1875 Quarter Dollar, Judd-1417, Pollock-1560, R.8, PR63 Ultra Cameo NGC 1875 Quarter Dollar, Judd-1417, Pollock-1560, R.8, PR63 Ultra Cameo NGC
1871 Half Dollar, Judd-1117, Pollock-1253,
High R.7, PR65 Brown NGC
Ex: Samuel Berngard Collection

Struck in copper from regular 1871 dies.

1875 Quarter Dollar, Judd-1417, Pollock-1560,
R.8, PR63 Ultra Cameo NGC

Struck in aluminum from regular 1875 dies.

1871 Ten Cents, Judd-1079, Pollock-1215, High R.7, PR66 Cameo NGC. CAC. Ex: Samuel Berngard Collection 1871 Ten Cents, Judd-1079, Pollock-1215, High R.7, PR66 Cameo NGC. CAC. Ex: Samuel Berngard Collection
1871 Ten Cents, Judd-1079, Pollock-1215,
High R.7, PR66 Cameo NGC. CAC.
Ex: Samuel Berngard Collection

Longacre obverse without stars and regular reverse, struck in aluminum.

Like all of our Sunday/Tuesday Internet auctions, this week's selections include offerings for numismatic budgets of all shapes and sizes. View all of our weekly offerings at www.HA.com/coins.

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Website Tips: Budget bidding on Heritage Live!

Have you ever wanted to set a budget for your purchases from one of our auctions? Heritage Live! provides the opportunity for you to do just that.

Near the bottom of the page below the listings of lots, you will see a link to set a budget for your Heritage Live purchases. Click on the link, and the page overlay will ask you to enter your budget. You can change or remove your budget at any time.

Once the budget is in place, it will sum up all of your Heritage Live purchases as they occur. Any Heritage Live proxy bids that exceed your budget will not be executed; however, you still have the option to bid live on any lot even if the live bid will exceed your budget.

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This Week's Top Ten

The ten highest valued aluminum patterns to sell in Heritage auctions:

1942 Cent, Judd-2079, Pollock-2076, R.8, PR66 PCGS
1942 Cent, Judd-2079, Pollock-2076, R.8, PR66 PCGS
  1. 1942 Cent, Judd-2079, PR66 PCGS. Realized $126,500
  2. 1872 Amazonian Twenty Dollar, Judd-1252, PR66 NGC. Realized $103,500
  3. 1879 $4 Coiled Hair Four Dollar, Judd-1640, PR66 Cameo NGC. Realized $97,750
  4. 1880 $4 Coiled Hair Four Dollar Stella, Judd-1662, PR66 NGC. Realized $97,750
  5. 1880 $4 Flowing Hair Four Dollar Stella, Judd-1659, PR64 Cameo PCGS. Realized $63,250
  6. 1879 $4 Flowing Hair Four Dollar Stella, Judd-1637, PR66 NGC. Realized $57,500
  7. 1875 1C One Cent, Judd-1384, PR66 Cameo PCGS. Realized $57,500
  8. 1870 $1 Dollar, Judd-1021, PR67 Cameo NGC. Realized $54,625
  9. 1872 1C One Cent, Judd-1181, PR66 Cameo PCGS Secure. Realized $49,937.50
  10. 1865 50C Half Dollar, Judd-431, Unique, PR66 Cameo NGC. Realized $46,000

Do you have a suggestion for a future top ten list? Send it to us!

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  Announcements

Coin Buyer Wanted - San Francisco Office

Heritage Auctions is seeking a talented numismatist with a broad range of expertise to join our new S.F. office located in Jackson Square. If you have a good working knowledge base of U S. coins and currency and are comfortable dealing with the public, we have an opening for a permanent position as a buyer in our San Francisco office. Duties will include dealing with walk-in clients, evaluating and purchasing coins and currency, working local coin shows, and accepting Auction consignments. Pay will be commensurate with numismatic experience.

If you are interested in this position, please contact Jobs@HA.com.

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Reduced Auction Commissions When You Resell Your Winnings!

When you win any lot worth with a hammer price of $1,000 or more (or $2,500 for Art and Natural History lots), you will receive a coupon that entitles you (or your heirs) to re-consign that lot to Heritage at a reduced seller's commission. Selling through Heritage is a convenient and hassle free way to maximize your return (find out why). Maybe you'll need to make room in your collection for something better, perhaps your collecting tastes will change, or maybe it will be your heirs that benefit; but be sure to save the coupon, which could be worth hundreds or thousands of dollars.

  • Coins: 0% Seller's Commission for all items $1K or more.
  • Comics: 50% of the usual Seller's Commission for all items between $1K & $10K, and 0% for items $10K and over.
  • All Other Categories: 50% of the usual Seller's Commission for everything else over $1K ($2,500 for Art & Natural History).

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  Employment Opportunities

As the fastest growing American-based auction house, financially rock-solid Heritage Auctions continues to grow and seek the best talent in the industry. If you are a specialist or have strong general collectibles knowledge, we want to hear from you. These specialists will, in some cases, head new departments and in others will enhance existing department expertise. We have positions open at our headquarters in Dallas as well as at our new state-of-the-art galleries in prime locations in both Midtown Manhattan and Beverly Hills.

Heritage is seeking to hire the world's best specialists in the following categories:

  • 20th Century Design Specialist: Beverly Hills, New York
  • Asian Art Specialist: Beverly Hills
  • Coin Buyer: San Francisco
  • European Art Specialist: New York
  • European Comic Art Specialist: Dallas, Paris
  • Firearms Specialist: Dallas
  • Modern & Contemporary Art Specialist: Beverly Hills, New York
  • Timepiece Specialist: Beverly Hills, New York
  • Trust & Estates Specialist: New York
  • Western Art Director: Dallas, Beverly Hills
  • World Coins Director: Hong Kong

If you are interested and feel you have the qualifications we seek, please email your resume and salary history to Experts@HA.com.

We are also seeking to fill the following corporate positions:

  • Client Services Representative: Dallas
  • Currency Cataloger: Dallas
  • Currency Consignment Director: Dallas
  • e-Publishing Expert: Dallas
  • Interns
  • Marketing Account Executive: Dallas
  • WPF Applications Developer: Dallas

If you are interested in applying for one of these Corporate positions, please apply here.

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  Around Heritage

Jim Bowie pay order expected to bring $70,000+ at Heritage to benefit the Texas State Historical Association

James 'Jim' Bowie Pay Order SignedA unique pay order signed by Alamo defender Jim Bowie and an 1839 copy of Guide to the Republic of Texas, used by settlers in the early Texas wilderness, highlights more than 200 lots of memorabilia in Heritage Auctions' March 1-2 Texana Signature® Auction to benefit the Texas State Historical Association. The auction is an important component of the group's fundraising activities and will be held during its 117th annual meeting, Feb. 28-March 1 in Fort Worth.

"The once-a-year auction is an excellent opportunity to own historical Texas maps, signed documents, books and manuscripts as well as meet and learn from important collectors with a passion for Texas history," said Sandra Palomino, Director of Historical Manuscripts at Heritage. On items donated by TSHA members, Heritage Auctions is again donating its 19.5 percent buyer's premium to support the TSHA.

"Because this auction's audience goes beyond traditional collectors, we expand our focus to include all objects related to Texas," said Sandra Palomino, Director of Historical Manuscripts at Heritage. "Each auction is special in its own way and includes many one of a kind rarities."

[Map]. Richard S. Hunt and Jesse F. Randel. Guide to the Republic of Texas: Consisting of a Brief Outline of the History of its Settlement, A General View of the Surface of the Country; It's Climate, Soils, Productions...Accompanied by a New and Improved MapLeading off the selection is a March 10, 1829 pay request James "Jim" Bowie issued to his longtime friend and business partner Angus McNeill in the amount of $134. Bowie's business deals made him famous, or infamous depending on the circumstances, across the Texas frontier. He died on March 6, 1835 defending the Alamo, assuring his place in the pantheon of Texas heroes. His signed pay order is expected to bring $70,000.

The establishment of the Republic Texas brought an influx of traders, settlers and new businesses. One book helped promote emigration to Texas: Richard S. Hunt's and Jesse F. Randel's Guide to the Republic of Texas. The tome shows for the first time the newly laid out town of Austin and include a history of the region, its climate and soils and major industries.

"Unlike most copies, this one still has the original full, hand-colored map on onion skin paper with an inset map of the Rio Grande and the country west to the Pacific Ocean," Palomino said. The 1839 volume is expected to bring $30,000+.Additional highlights include but are not limited to:

[Map]. J[acob] De Cordova. De Cordova's Map of Texas.A broadside condemning General Vicente Filisola for the retreat of the Mexican army is expected to bring $20,000.

An 1857 version of De Cordova's Map of Texas, a large hand-colored version of one of the most correct and authentic original maps of Texas ever compiled, is expected to bring $30,000.

A partial document signed by David "Davy" Crockett in 1834 as a U.S. Representative, two years before his death at the Alamo, is expected to bring $15,000.

A rare, elephant folio edition of War Between the United States and Mexico by George Wilkins Kendall, in two volumes with 12 illustrated plates, is expected to bring $25,000.

More information about Historical auctions.

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  Heritage Interactive
Opinion Poll

Answer this quick question and see how your opinion compares with your peers.

Wire service reports this week stated that the President was in favor of eliminating production of the cent. Canada has already ceased production of their cent. What do you think the US should do?
       A) Continue production of the cent as is
       B) Continue producing cents, but find a new, cheaper metal
       C) Gradually eliminate production of the cent over a period of years
       D) Cease production of the cent all at once after a few years for people to adjust
       E) Cease production of the cent immediately




Last week's questions:

Which of the following best describes you as a collector?
A) I collect by date (28%).
B) I collect by type (32%).
C) I collect by topic (5%).
D) I collect key dates only (4%).
E) None of the above (32%).

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  Is it Time to Sell?

It's not too early to begin thinking about consigning your important coins and notes to our March Dallas auction of US coins and our Official Auctions of the 2013 Central States Convention. For a confidential discussion, call us: 800-872-6467 ext. 1000 (coins) or ext. 1001 (currency).

2013 April 17 - 22 CICF World & Ancient Coins Signature Auction - Chicago
Consignment Deadline: February 25, 2013

2013 April 24 - 29 CSNS Currency Signature Auction - Chicago
Consignment Deadline: March 4, 2013

2013 April 24 - 28 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago
Consignment Deadline: March 11, 2013

David Mayfield
Vice President, Numismatic Auctions
David@HA.com
1-800-US-COINS ext. 1000

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  Current Auctions
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Sunday Internet Coin Auction Sunday Internet Coin Auction #131309
Closes February 24
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Tuesday Internet Coin Auction Tuesday Internet Coin Auction #131309
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Thursday Modern Coin Auction Thursday Modern Coin Auction #241309
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Weekly World Coin Auction Weekly World Coin Auction #231309
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Currency Auctions
Tuesday Internet Currency Auction Tuesday Internet Currency Auction #141309
Closes February 26
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Other Signature Auctions
2013 February 21 & 23 Animation Art Signature Auction - New York #7052 2013 February 21 & 23 Animation Art Signature Auction - New York #7052
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2013 February 21-23 Vintage Comics & Comic Art Signature Auction - New York #7073 2013 February 21-23 Vintage Comics & Comic Art Signature Auction - New York #7073
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2013 February 23-24 Platinum Night Sports Auction - New York #7070 2013 February 23-24 Platinum Night Sports Auction - New York #7070
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2013 February 23-24 Estate Auction - Dallas #5129 2013 February 23-24 Estate Auction - Dallas #5129
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2013 March 1-2 Texana Signature Auction - Fort Worth #6097 2013 March 1-2 Texana Signature Auction - Fort Worth #6097
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Other Internet Auctions
Sunday Internet Movie Poster Auction Sunday Internet Movie Poster Auction #161308
Closes February 24
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Sunday Internet Comics Auction Sunday Internet Comics Auction #121308
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Weekly Internet Luxury Accessories Auction Weekly Internet Luxury Accessories Auction #251309
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Tuesday Internet Watch and Jewelry Auction Tuesday Internet Watch and Jewelry Auction #171309
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Weekly Internet Rare Books and Autographs Auction Weekly Internet Rare Books and Autographs Auction #201309
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Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles Auction Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles Auction #151309
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