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    The Rarest Heath Counterfeit Detector
    The Household Edition

    Heath, Laban. The United States Counterfeit Detector, and Teachers' Guide. The Only Correct Method of Detecting Counterfeit, Spurious, and Altered Bank Notes, Etc., Etc., Applicable to All Banks in the United States and Canadas, with Genuine Designs. Boston, 1870 [changed to 1871 in ink]. Household Edition. 16mo, original red cloth-backed printed boards. 32 pages; 4 text illustrations of Heath magnifying glasses; 3 numbered finely engraved plates [No. 1 facing title; No. 2 facing page 6; and No. 4 facing page 12]; Casilear Patent plate, printed in red and green, facing page 10; double-page plate of impressions of genuine and counterfeit fractional currency notes, bound in between pages 16 and 17. Covers slightly stained; front hinge cracked; leaf comprising pages 9 and 10 detached from binding; both fractional currency plates detached from binding. Complete as issued. Newman HH-2.

    The Household Edition is by far the rarest type of Heath counterfeit detector, and the HH-2 variant (with the copyright date manually changed to 1871) is the rarer of the two Newman numbers. It was designed, as noted in the preface, "to furnish a concise hand-book for the detection of counterfeits at so low a cost, that it may be purchased by every family, and thus every one easily become familiar with the rules and methods of detecting counterfeit money." Sales would appear to have been unimpressive, however, and the edition was not reprinted. Good.
    Estimate $750.
    Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.

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

    Auction Info

    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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