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    Eric P. Newman Correspondence Files:
    Douglas B. Ball

    Newman, Eric P. Correspondence with Douglas B. Ball. Approximately 80 pages, primarily consisting of original letters to Eric P. Newman from Ball and carbon copies of Newman's letters in return, 1966-1995. The letters between the two are frequently quite substantive, providing lengthy and detailed analyses of the often-complicated questions they were discussing. These topics include the legality of the change bills of North Carolina (specifically the implications of the 1821 case of Craig v. Missouri) and the fate of the Confederate paper money collection housed in the National Archives. Newman and Ball disagreed on a variety of points, leading to an exchange of numerous dense and informative letters often running to several pages. Copies of Ball's Project for Preserving and Cataloguing the Collection of Confederate Notes and Bonds Available to the Smithsonian Institution and for Producing Three Useful Scholarly Works Based on that Collection as well as his Supplemental Report are also included. Ball's goals were to "complete the work begun by Raphael P. Thian" and "to prepare a definitive catalogue of the Confederate currency," as well as "to write a history of the Confederate printers and their effect on Confederate financial policy." It is refreshing to witness two experts in these areas of paper money carrying on a long-term discussion, although frequently disagreeing, on good terms and always in a spirit of friendly cooperation. Condition is generally fine or nearly so.
    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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    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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