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    Eric P. Newman Correspondence Files:
    American Revolution Bicentennial Commission

    Newman, Eric P. Correspondence Regarding the American Revolution Bicentennial Commission. Approximately 75 pages, primarily consisting of original letters to and from Eric P. Newman and various parties involved with the American Revolution Bicentennial Commission (ARBC), 1972-1974. Newman was involved with the ARBC, serving on the Coins and Medals Advisory Panel tasked with designing suitable numismatic commemoratives, circulating or otherwise. Interesting content includes: a 1972 letter from Newman to James Conlon, of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, suggesting the possibility of there being produced a commemorative or special issue paper money design to go along with the Mint's plan to strike coins with special reverses and the date given as 1776-1976 (Newman was promoting the idea of a 50 cent fractional currency souvenir issue, though this apparently did not receive much support); correspondence with Elvira Eliza Clain-Stefanelli concerning the participation in the ARBC of she and her husband; a 1973 letter to Lynn Carroll, Deputy Executive Director of the Commission, regarding the status of plans to ask Norman Rockwell or Andrew Wyeth to design a suitable medal; and a July 11, 1974, letter from Newman to Secretary of the Treasury William E. Simon thanking him for his support of the revival of the $2 paper money denomination, to be issued with a Bicentennial theme. A certificate of appreciation given to Newman for serving on the Commission is also present. Condition is generally fine. This group of letters provides a most interesting look at the process by which the Bicentennial medals, coins, and paper money came to fruition.
    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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    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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