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    Small Size Eckfeldt and DuBois
    With Actual Samples of California Gold

    Eckfeldt, Jacob R., and William E. Du Bois. New Varieties of Gold and Silver Coins, Counterfeit Coins, and Bullion; With Mint Values. First edition. Philadelphia: Published by the Authors, 1850. 12mo, original black paper boards lettered in gilt and silver, featuring embossed illustrations of American gold and silver coins in metallic tints; handwritten spine label; all page edges gilt. Fine frontispiece engraving of the Philadelphia Mint building; 60, (2) pages; 3 text illustrations; attractive plate of California and Mormon coins printed in relief in gold on a royal blue background; two actual samples of California gold on page 45 mounted under a small cardboard rectangle with round windows to allow viewing [the sample on the left contains native grains of gold held in place under mica, and the other sample is a thin sheet of processed ore]; tipped-in illustrated sheet at the end describing Mormon coins. Covers a little scraped; foxing and browning throughout; tail of spine reinforced with black tape. Cardboard gold sample holder fully intact. Handwritten correction to page 19. Very good. The original edition was bound in several colors: black, blue, red and white, with black being the most common and white the least. Through the years, many copies have perished and the gold samples have frequently been removed. Clain-Stefanelli 11882. Davis 340. Among the most charming literary mementos of the California Gold Rush. This copy was displayed by Eric P. Newman in the Newman Money Museum at Washington University.
    Estimate $3,000.
    Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.


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

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    Auction Dates
    November, 2018
    7th-10th Wednesday-Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 15
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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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