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    Eric P. Newman Correspondence Files:
    The Annual Assay Commission
    Including Newman's 1967 Assay Medal
    And Presidential Appointment

    1967 U.S. Assay Medal, Bronze, Mint State. JK-AC-111. Eric P. Newman served on the 1967 Assay Commission, one of the great honors of his numismatic life. In return for his service, he received this bronze medal that features then-Mint Director Eva Adams on the obverse, and a depiction of the fourth Philadelphia Mint building on the reverse. This medal is essentially as struck. The 11 by 11 by 4.5 cm black presentation case with blue interior is included. Eric's 30.5 by 35.5 cm appointment certificate, auto-pen signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson, with its outer envelope, is also included. Other members of the 1967 Assay Commission included Thelma Brown (wife of Denver coin dealer Dan Brown), Janet Rothert (wife of then-current ANA president Matt Rothert), and William Philpott, Jr. (Dallas area currency and Texiana collector). [with] Newman, Eric P. Correspondence Regarding the Annual Assay Commission and Eric P. Newman's Appointment to the Commission in 1967. Approximately 150 pages, primarily consisting of copies of the Proceedings of the Annual Assay Commission for 1966 and 1967, as well as correspondence relating to Eric P. Newman's appointment as chair of the Commission for 1967. Correspondents include Mint Director Eva Adams, Rep. Leonor K. Sullivan, Kenneth Bressett, W.A. Philpott, Jr., and others. Newspaper sections or clippings concerning the Commission and Newman's role in it are also present but not counted in the pagination. The Assay Commission was entrusted with safeguarding the production standards required of United States coinage by performing analysis of randomly selected coins set aside for this purpose. While the coinage was transitioning to a clad composition at the time of Newman's appointment, it is significant to note that the 1967 Assay Commission in fact recorded two coins that fell outside the tolerance allowed by law: an underweight clad half dollar from the Denver Mint and an underweight quarter from the San Francisco Mint. Materials fine or nearly so.
    Estimate $2,500.
    Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.


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

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    Auction Dates
    November, 2018
    7th-10th Wednesday-Saturday
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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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