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    Eric P. Newman Correspondence Files:
    The American Numismatic Association

    Newman, Eric P. Correspondence with the American Numismatic Association (ANA), and with Various Officers, Staff, and Members Concerning ANA Business. Over 1000 pages, consisting of original letters to Eric P. Newman from ANA officers, staff, and members regarding ANA business matters, as well as copies of Newman's side of the correspondence. Topics most commonly addressed relate to: a potential agreement between the ANA and the American Numismatic Society to jointly publish the bibliographic periodical Numismatic Literature; conventions being held in 1961 (Atlanta), 1969 (Philadelphia), 1971 (Washington, D.C.), and 1979 (St. Louis); the coordination of the 1984 Numismatic Festival in New England; the activities of the Heath Literary Award Committee and the Library Committee; the efforts of the Numismatic Terms Standardization Committee's to compile a glossary of unusual, new, and controversial terms relating to numismatics; and general correspondence on ANA matters from 1956 to 1990.

    Eric P. Newman joined the American Numismatic Association in 1935, going on to become one of the very few ANA members to achieve the milestone of 80 years of membership. His level of activity within the association varied over the years, as he balanced the demands of professional and family life with those of his numismatic interests. The 1950s and 1960s saw him become active on a committee level, but it was in the 1970s and 1980s that he became especially involved. Newman's writing also took off in the 1950s, with him being awarded the first of his 16 Heath Literary Awards, an honorable mention, in 1955, and with him receiving his first (of four) first-place Heath Literary Awards in 1959.

    Important papers here present include: the correspondence relating to the publication of Selections from the Numismatist in four volumes (1959-1960); letters and other documentation concerning the display of Newman's Confederate half dollar at the 1961 ANA Convention; the often contentious discussions revolving around the composition and adoption of a standard glossary of numismatic terminology; occasional commentary and correspondence relating to questionable commercial activities by ANA members or the donation for tax-deductible purposes of dubious items (or legitimate items of questionable claimed value); letters concerning Newman's activities as an ANA exhibit judge; materials prepared for the section on Early American Money written by Eric P. Newman for inclusion in the ANA's Young Numismatist Correspondence Course; and hundreds of pages of correspondence concerning the activities of various ANA committees and Newman's participation in evaluating nominees for the different awards bestowed by the ANA.

    Condition is generally fine or nearly so. This lot comprises a treasure trove of material on the workings of the ANA from approximately the late 1950s to early 1990s.
    Estimate $3,500.
    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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