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    Eric P. Newman Correspondence Files:
    Joseph R. Lasser

    Newman, Eric P. Correspondence with Joseph R. Lasser. Over 300 pages, consisting of original letters to Eric P. Newman from Lasser and carbon copies of Newman's letters in return, 1972-2011, as well as various other original and photocopied material including catalogues of Lasser's collections, drafts of articles he had written, and many photocopied bank notes often annotated by him. Materials are generally well-preserved.

    The friendship enjoyed by Eric P. Newman and Joseph R. Lasser spanned almost 40 years, but never strayed very fair from their shared true love of early American paper money. Their early correspondence often centers on trades--both trading examples of Colonial and Continental currency and trading information about them. Lasser was particularly interested in researching the signatures found on Continental notes, eventually publishing an article on the subject in the May-June 1976 issue of Paper Money. Counterfeits were another fruitful area of discussion for the pair, who collected examples of contemporary counterfeit Colonial and Continental currency seemingly with the same alacrity as the genuine specimens. Drafts of various research projects of Lasser's are included in these files, including works on the February 17, 1776, issues of Continental currency and on the cob coinage of Cartagena. Several articles or publications regarding Lasser's donation of his collection to Colonial Williamsburg are also present. The inventories here present make clear the extent of Lasser's collections, which included exceptional Colombian gold and silver, trade coinage, siege coinage, rose nobles, French and Dutch coinage, all in addition to his extensive early American paper money collection. An important archive.
    Estimate $2,000.
    Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.


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

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    Auction Dates
    November, 2018
    7th-10th Wednesday-Saturday
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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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