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    Unpublished Works on
    Colonial and Continental Currency

    Smith, Milton B. Not Worth a Continental: The Story of Georgia's Colonial and Revolutionary Currency. Athens, 1963. Original typescript housed in document binder. Approximately 110 leaves typed on one side. Fine. A typewritten letter from Smith to Olga Raymond, dated May 18, 1963, which was forwarded to John J. Ford, who in turn forwarded it to Eric P. Newman on June 11, 1963, laid in, as is subsequent correspondence directly between Smith and Newman comprising several letters discussing Smith's manuscript, the possibility of its being published, and whether Newman would be willing to contribute a foreword to the work. [with] Jones, John F. The Continental Currency [and] The Continental Currency Part II: Historical and Explanatory. No publication information [c. 1940]. Duplicated typescript housed in document folder. 16 + 7 leaves, both works hand-signed in ink, "Respectfully submitted, John F. Jones." Fine.

    Two highly interesting unpublished works. The Smith typescript on Georgia notes is substantive, and was written for a scholarly audience. The correspondence between the author and Eric P. Newman indicates that Newman felt the work had definite promise but was yet unfinished. Unfinished it apparently remained, and this is the only copy we have been able to trace. It is not present in the library of the American Numismatic Society, nor in any library on the OCLC network; further, the text is not available online. A specialist would find much to commend the work. While the Jones articles are more casually written and include little in the way of new information, they are well-done for what they are and include some interesting commentary on the state of collecting early American paper money at the time he was writing. Two intriguing unpublished works.
    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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