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    Banking House & Counting Room Edition
    Heath Counterfeit Detector, Newman 2-BH-2(b)

    Heath, Laban. Heath's Greatly Improved and Enlarged Infallible Government Counterfeit Detector, at Sight... Boston and Washington: Heath, 1866 [incorrectly stating Pat'd July 12, 1867 on cover]. No printer's imprint. Second edition. Small 4to, original brown cloth, front cover lettered in gilt. 39, (1) pages; frontispiece; Treasury Department facsimile letter; unpunched Heath bank note facsimile plate as printed without plate number; 16 engraved plates of bank notes or elements, with tissue guards, interspersed in the text, comprising impressions of genuine and counterfeit fractional currency notes (Plate 1), 10 engraved plates numbered 2-11 depicting genuine bank note design elements, an impression of a counterfeit $100 First National Bank of Boston note (Plate 12), and four unnumbered plates being impressions of a counterfeit $20 Fourth National Bank of New York note and a counterfeit $10 First National Bank of Philadelphia note, as well as counterfeit 1862 $10 and $50 United States notes. Plate 5 printed in green ink; the full-size counterfeit notes printed in green and black ink; none of the counterfeit notes are hole-punched. Very nicely rebacked, almost imperceptibly so, with new endpapers.

    In the years following the publication of his landmark study of the Heath counterfeit detectors, Eric P. Newman continued to examine every copy that he encountered, occasionally discovering new variations. He noted that the Heath bank note facsimile plates used in this printing were encountered both with and without a printed plate number (which, when it is encountered, is hole-punched). Thus was born Newman 2-BH-2(a), with the hole-punched plate number, and Newman 2-BH-2(b), without it. Their relative scarcity to each other has yet to be established. Near fine. An especially pleasing copy.
    Estimate $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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