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    The First Numismatic Article
    on American Coins

    Mease, James. Old American Coins. Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society. Third Series, Vol. VII (1838). Boston: Charles C. Little and James Brown; printed by Freeman and Bolles. 8vo, 19th-century gray pebbled cloth; red morocco spine label, gilt. 304, (2) pages. [Mease's article comprises pages 282 to 283.] Head chipped; some light occasional spotting, else fine. Mease's 1838 article is "the first numismatic article on American coins published in America," according to Eric P. Newman (The Asylum, Summer 1992). Though brief, this work is the foundation upon which U.S. numismatic scholarship stands, and it is of continued relevance: Newman's article discusses how Mease's comments on the Bar Cent and the circulating value of Connecticut coppers have implications for modern scholarship on these pieces. Unlisted in Attinelli. Incredibly, Eric P. Newman purchased this volume directly from the Massachusetts Historical Society in 1992 for $50, it being the last available copy before the Society officially declared the volume to be out of print. Of the highest importance, and quite scarce.
    Estimate $750.
    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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