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    Heath Counterfeit Detector
    Second Pocket Edition, Newman 2-P-s-4(a)

    Heath, Laban. Heath's Greatly Improved and Enlarged Infallible Government Counterfeit Detector, at Sight.... Boston and Washington: Heath, 1866. Second edition. 16mo, original blindstamped maroon cloth; front cover lettered sideways in gilt. 39, (1) pages; double-page plate of impressions of genuine and counterfeit fractional currency notes following the title; folding counterfeit $100 First National Bank of Boston note, in green and black, preceding introduction; 16 engraved plates of bank note design elements numbered 1 to 17 skipping 15, with original tissue guards, interspersed out of numerical sequence in the text, plates 2 and 5 serving as frontispieces, plate 5 printed in green ink, plate 16 being a folding facsimile of a counterfeit $5 Bank of Orleans note taken from captured engraved plates, several plate numbers overprinted. Latest Recommendation dated Jan. 15, 1867.

    As mentioned earlier, the second Pocket Editions were divided by Eric P. Newman into those lettered horizontally on the front cover (denoted by the h in the Newman number), and those lettered sideways (denoted s). He also continued to study the series after the initial publication of his work and added a few new variations, including to this printing, 2-P-s-4. Finding that this printing came with and without four pages of illustrations of Heath microscopes, Newman designated the current variety, without the illustrations, (a), and the following variety, with the illustrations, (b). It is possible that this copy had plate 15 (the engraved Laban Heath promotional note) removed, though Newman felt it was not present to begin with. Very good or better. The first printing to include the folding plate of a counterfeit $100 First National Bank of Boston note, printed in green and black.
    Estimate $400
    Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.


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

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    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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