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    The Burdette G. Johnson Estate
    Records of His Coins and Library

    (Johnson, Burdette G.). Inventory of Coins in the Estate of B.G. Johnson. Undated (presumably 1947). 947 pages, typewritten with handwritten annotations and ink stamps. [with] Coin Library. Undated (presumably 1947). 34 pages, typewritten with handwritten annotations. Both inventories a bit worn from initial use, but remain very good.

    Burdette Johnson died suddenly on the morning of Feb. 24, 1947, as he took a streetcar to his office. With no warning to encourage him to prepare his affairs (he died of an aneurysm), his executors had a difficult job. One of these executors was Eric P. Newman, and his familiarity with Johnson's business, and in particular with Johnson's holdings from the "Colonel" Green Estate, were undoubtedly extremely helpful at this time. The coin inventory the executors compiled lists close to 20,000 coins belonging to Johnson's estate, about 55% of which are U.S. coins and 45% foreign coins. Within the coin inventory is a two-page typewritten statement dated May 7, 1947, signed by Jane Brand Allen and Frieda Grommes Brand, attesting to their ownership of the coins in Johnson's possession from the Estate of Armin Brand (derived in turn from the Estate of Virgil Brand). The library was ultimately acquired by Eric P. Newman while the coins were divided between two of Johnson's heirs. The inventories demonstrate the high level of Johnson's activity in the numismatic field, with the breadth of coverage testifying to his impressive range of knowledge.
    Estimate $1,000.
    Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.


    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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    Truth Seeker: The Life of Eric P. Newman (softcover)
    A powerful and intimidating dealer of the 1960s, backed by important colleagues, was accused of selling fraudulent gold coins and ingots to unsuspecting numismatists. Who would go up against a man like that and, over the course of decades, prove the fraud? Who would expose a widely respected scholar as a thief, then doggedly pursue recovery of coins that the scholar had stolen from an embarrassed numismatic organization, all over the objections of influential collectors who had bought coins with clouded titles? Eric P. Newman would - and did. Reserve your copy today.
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