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    Eric P. Newman Correspondence Files:
    Colonial Numismatics

    Newman, Eric P. Correspondence with Various Parties on the Subjects of Colonial Numismatics. Two boxes of material, consisting of original letters to Eric P. Newman from various correspondents and carbon copies of Newman's letters in return, as well as copies of other associated items. Over 60 correspondents are included. Please note that this lot consists of materials on Colonial and Confederation-era coins, tokens, and medals, but does not generally include paper money (listed in this sale as a separate segment of the Newman Archives). It does, however, include some correspondence on Fugio coppers, as they have generally received more attention from Colonial collectors than from collectors of U.S. federal coins. Most materials are well-preserved.

    Given that Colonial coinage is one of the areas with which Eric P. Newman was most associated, it should come as no surprise that this lot includes a large number of highly interesting letters and other documents. Much of the best material in this part of the Newman Archives is from the 1950s, when Newman's interest in Colonial and Confederation coinage was arguably at its peak, and when the relatively small number of specialists in that area seemed to intensify the quality of the work being done (and the enthusiasm generated). Some of the individual correspondence files included here are extensive: Bob Vlack's is well over 200 pages long. While Newman's interest in this area never faded, his increasing focus on paper money in the 1960s took him gradually out of the center of some of these discussions, though his considerable expertise meant that his opinion never could be ignored.

    Correspondents include: Barons, Stanley H.; Waltman, Brian; Anderson, P.K.; Anton Jr., William F.; August, Richard; Baldwin & Sons, A.H.; Bluestone, Barney; Brown, Vernon L.; Burt, Wayne; Carey Jr., Paul J.; Clark, William; Colonial Newsletter Foundation; Colonial Williamsburg Foundation; Craige, Ted L.; Danforth, Bryan; Dochkus, C.J.; Dolley, R.H.M.; Goldman, Jerome L.; Greco, Philip D.; Griffee, John M.; Hawley, Cyril H.; Hoch, Alfred D.; Johnson, Arvid O.; Kenney, Richard D.; Kleeberg, John; Kurth, Howard H.; Lee, Larry; McKinney, Davis; Moore, Roger A.; Nash, Chauncey C.; Noe, Sydney P.; Norweb, Henry and Emery May; Oechsner, Herbert M.; Oppenheim, Michael; Partrick, Donald G.; Partridge, Sanborn; Pietri, Angel O.; Pobutsky, Stephen; Rare Coin Review; Richardson, John M.; Robertson, Ann S.; Rock, Jeff; Ruddy, James F.; Schab, Henry W.; Seaby Ltd., B.A.; Shane, Leo; Siboni, Roger; Smyser, Craig; Spilman, James C.; Spink and Son; Spiro, Jacob Newman; Stack's; Taxay, Donald; Tellefsen, John A.; Terranova, Anthony; Trudgen, Gary A.; Vlack, Robert; Weinberg, Alan V.; Weston, Byron K.; White Oak Trading Company; Wild, William J.; Williams, Ray; Winthrop, John; and Woodward, W.W.
    Estimate $5,000.
    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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