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    The Burdette G. Johnson Invoice Files
    A Remarkable Archive of Numismatic Activity

    Johnson, Burdette G. Invoices for Coins, 1940-1947. Seven archival file boxes housing 254 acid-free file folders containing approximately 3000 carbon-copy typewritten invoices for coins sent to various clients (both collectors and dealers) between 1940 and Johnson's death in early 1947. Tens of thousands of coins are recorded on these invoices. Materials are generally well-preserved.

    Burdette Johnson is exactly the sort of coin dealer whose activities used to be relegated to the dustbin of history. He was primarily a wholesaler, selling coins to other dealers, though he did conduct an extensive retail business as well. He didn't tend to publish, however, leaving his legacy in the hobby subject to the vagaries of memory. Johnson conducted himself and his business with a quiet demeanor and a personal integrity that cherished the confidentiality of his clients. He was the opposite of a figure like B. Max Mehl, whose primary contribution to the hobby was promotional. But there are drawbacks to being private, and once the generations of collectors and dealers with whom Johnson had dealt had passed on, his contributions were largely forgotten.

    We have seen other examples in our time of collectors and dealers whose energetic participation in the hobby had mostly been forgotten but whose reputations and contributions have in recent years been revived and acknowledged. Eric P. Newman's friend F.C.C. Boyd is a good example of someone who, just 20 years ago, was known only to the cognoscenti but whose name is once again famous in numismatic circles. Dealers like Elmer S. Sears and James Macallister are still waiting for their due recognition.

    Burdette Johnson died suddenly in February 1947, with no time to settle his affairs. He was unmarried and his will stipulated that Eric P. Newman, his good friend, protégé, and partner in the "Colonel" Green estate, would act as co-executor. Had Johnson evinced the slightest interest in preserving his fame, he could have asked for no one better. Due to Newman's preservation of Johnson's meticulous records, this archive of materials--an outstanding resource for those researching the provenance of significant coins--has been saved for numismatists of today. An extraordinary archive.
    Invoices exist for the following: Abraham Lincoln Book Shop, American Numismatic Society, Art Trading Co., Michael Ash, John Backe, L.G. Barnard, Joseph Barnet, W.V. Bartlett, A.E. Bebee, Alvin M. Beckman, Walter Beckwith, J.F. Bell (Jacob F. Shapiro), George Birkland, W.H. Bleyer, Harry L. Bloom, M.H. Bolender, Charles H. Boos, F.C.C. Boyd, Paul Brandts, T.C. Brandts, Harold M. Budd, David M. Bullowa, Robt. J. Burnor, Fredrick W. Burton, C. Sam Carlson, Robert Case, Ragnar L. Cederlund, Celina Coin Co., City Art Museum (St. Louis Art Museum), George H. Clapp, T. James Clarke, Earl M. Cole, James J. Curto, Charles H. Deetz, Gaston DiBello, Robt. H. Dickson, Benjamin B. DuBose, Dr. Duncan, Deo Edwards, Thomas L. Elder, Henry E. Elrod, Federal Reserve Bank, D.W. Field, Edward Flieder, John J. Ford, R.E.C. Fouts, Harley L. Freeman, Victor H. Frick, Lafayette Friday, Robert Friedberg, Arthur C. Fritz, William A. Gaede, M.P. Ganey, Edward Gans, the Georgian House, Loyd B. Gettys, H.C. Glickert, Edward J. Goldblatt, Jaime Gonzalez, Arthur L. Gray, R. Green, Fred Greenclay, Chas P. Greenough III, Hugh O. Griffin, Albert A. Grinnell, Henry Grunthal, Theo A. Gullia, Dr. Morton S. Hahn, Mortimer Hammel, Harvey L. Hill, E.M. Hingeley, William C.L. Hofmann, Hollinbeck Stamp & Coin Co., H.W. Holzer, C.E. Hussman, M.H. Jackson, Herman Jonas, Holger Jorgensen, Dr. J.H. Judd, A.M. and Paul Kagin, Sol Kaplan, D.C. Keefer, Arthur B. Kelley, James Kelly, C. Elliott Knoke, Rudolph Khol, Edward A. King, Prof. Bruno Kisch, A. Kosoff, Louis Kreiger, Howard C. Laible, E.E. Lamb, Kenneth W. Lee, Vernon Lemley, H.N. Leonard, A. Atlas Leve, R.H. Linblade, Dr. F.W. Loomis, C.W. Lounsberry, W.R. Luckett, Thomas O. and J. Milton Mabbott, James G. Macallister, Chas. S. Manning, D.A. McAuslan, W.D. McCollum, J.V. McDermott, B. Max Mehl, Alexis P. Mengelle, Mercantile Bank & Trust Co., Michael J.A. Molony, Dr. Riley D. Moore, Waldo C. Moore, C.H. and J.B. Morton, D.N. Moshkaloff, George C. Murphy, Chauncey C. Nash, R.I. Nesmith, New Hussman Stamp Company, New Netherlands Coin Co., Eric P. Newman, Frank Newman, Thomas W. Nielsen, Sydney P. Noe, Numismatic Gallery, Otto Oddehon, Old Lantern Trading Post, Glenn R. Ostrander, F. Emmett Peake, Oscar J. Pearl, James B. Peddle, Arnold R. Perpall, Grant Pierce, Frank Pietsch, M.A. Powills, Robert R. Prann, Roy Radtke, J.F. Randall, James P. Randell, Elias Rasmussen, Wayte Raymond, Rohe Reidenbach, Dr. J.J. Rendleman, John M. Richardson, Virgil L. Roberts, Robert Rodin, Dr. H.A. Rosenkranz, John J. Rowe, H.E. Rowold, O.K. Rumbel, F.K. Saab, S.L. Sayperski, Hans M.F. Schulman, B. and C. Schwarze, W.B. Shephard, Earle D. Sherwood, Norman Shultz, Dr. E.D. Skeen, Smith & Son, I. Snyderman, Ambrose P. Spencer, William A. Spencer, J.N. Spire, Stack's, Earle K. Stanton, Harry J. Stein, H.R. Stephens, Frank Sternberg, Gerold W. Tapp, Eugen Tavenner, J.M. Taylor, Nelson Thorson, P.B. Trotter, Tracy L. Turner, University of Missouri, Charles Verhoeven, Victoria Paper Mills Co., Frederick B. VonHarten, George Walton, Philip H. Ward, Washington University in Saint Louis, Henry G. Wasson Jr., Harold E. Whiteneck, Edward Widenhouse, R.O. Willard, Frank C. Wilson, Paul H. Wittlin, Woodward Stamp Co., Charles M. Wormser, Carl Würtzbach, Wulring Fund, Randolph Zander.
    Estimate $5,000.
    Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.


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

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    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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