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    Heath Counterfeit Detector
    First Pocket Edition, Rare Newman 1-P-20

    Heath, Laban. Heath's Infallible Counterfeit Detector at Sight... Boston: Heath, 1864. First edition, no stated printing or imprint. 16mo, original blindstamped dark green cloth; front cover lettered in gilt, without price. 32 pages; 10 engraved plates of bank note design elements, with original tissue guards, interspersed in the text, with plate 6 serving as a frontispiece, plate 4 printed in red ink, plate 8 printed in green ink, an unnumbered plate being an engraved folding Heath bank note facsimile, and a final unnumbered plate being a folding facsimile of a counterfeit $5 Bank of Orleans note taken from captured engraved plates.

    An unusual issue. Eric P. Newman wrote of it that "This printing may be from handset type instead of stereotype." It could have been issued at any time after Newman 1-P-3, as it includes the two unnumbered folding plates, but before Type 2-P. It is also the only variety of the first edition not printed throughout within double borders. The lack of a price on the front cover would suggest that it fell later in the lifetime of the first edition. Old damp-stain present throughout; still very good. Rare.
    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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