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    "The work completed today
    will go down in numismatic history."

    Newman, Eric P., and Kenneth E. Bressett. The Fantastic 1804 Dollar. First printing. Racine: Whitman, 1962. 8vo, original brown textured cloth lettered in silver. 144 pages; illustrated. Inscribed to Eric P. Newman by Ken Bressett on the front flyleaf, with a handwritten note commenting upon this copy by Newman affixed to the page opposite. Fine.

    The rare first printing of this classic work, copies of which are more accurately considered bound page proofs issued in very small numbers immediately before the presses were fired up to print the entire run. The story behind this volume is the stuff of numismatic legend. Newman and Bressett's work had led them to the conclusion that the story of sets of 1834 and 1804 coins being issued for the Imam of Muscat and the King of Siam were myths--they found no evidence of such gifts having been issued. The book was due to be printed during the 1962 ANA convention, at which the discovery of the King of Siam set (including the 1804 dollar) was announced. Editorial brakes were frantically applied as Newman and Bressett had to accommodate this new information and revise their publication to take it into account.

    Kenneth E. Bressett warmly inscribed this copy to his co-author, Eric P. Newman, on August 26, 1962. His inscription reads:

    "To Eric P. Newman
    Your writing efforts have made this a truly fantastic book. The pleasant memories of working with you on this book will remain long after the disappointments have been forgotten. It doesn't seem possible that the discovery of but one new coin could cause 60 pages of changes in this text--but it sure did! The work completed today will go down in numismatic history.
    (signed)
    Kenneth E. Bressett / August 2."


    Newman's note concerning this copy reads:

    "This is the printing with the erroneous Chapter IX. It is not the final changed and corrected printing. By August 26, 1962 all the changes to 60 pages had been written up by me, but the book was not ready for sale until October, 1962. The tribute could not have been nicer. To 'go down' in numismatic history may have meant ? or may have meant ?."


    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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