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    The Very Rare Pledges of History

    Du Bois, William E. Pledges of History. A Brief Account of the Collection of Coins Belonging to the Mint of the United States, More Particularly of the Antique Specimens. By William E. Du Bois, Assistant Assayer of the Mint, and One of the Authors of the Manual of Coins. Philadelphia: C. Sherman, Printer, 1846. 16mo, later embossed blue cloth; hand-lettered spine label. 138, (6) pages. Lacking numismatic frontispiece (of which a photocopy is laid in), which has had an unrelated plate substituted for it. Binding a bit worn, with cracked hinges; pages somewhat browned and a little brittle. Very good or so. Rare: one of only 140 copies printed of this pioneering work, which comprises the first listing of the contents of the Mint Cabinet.
    Estimate $750.
    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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