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    Four Deluxe Editions of
    A.M. Smith's
    Coins and Coinage

    Smith, A.M. Coins and Coinage. The United States Mint, Philadelphia... Four different editions, all in deluxe original bindings. Philadelphia, c. 1881-1885. First is in an original brown cloth binding; rest are in original brown half morocco bindings. Edition details are as follows: Copy A: 107, (1) pages; engraved allegorical frontispiece title (Illustrated History of the U.S. Mint...) mounted on front flyleaf verso as issued; latest nickel listed is a Shield nickel on page 72. Copy B: stated fourth edition; 120 pages; engraved allegorical frontispiece title printed on front flyleaf verso; latest nickel listed is a Shield nickel on page 79. Copy C: 105, (21) pages; finely engraved portrait frontispiece of Mint Superintendent Daniel Fox; both varieties of 1883 Liberty Head nickels depicted on page 65. Copy D: 106, (20) pages; engraved allegorical frontispiece title printed on front flyleaf verso; both varieties of 1883 Liberty Head nickels depicted on page 65. Bindings with some wear, though all intact and complete. Generally very good or so.

    Andrew Mason Smith was a wine merchant who moved to Philadelphia in 1875. Soon thereafter he started collecting coins and writing about them. This work preceded George Evans's history of the Mint, and was issued in a number of editions and variations, usually in paper covers, though Smith always seemed to offer a deluxe version for sale as well.
    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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    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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