DescriptionTruth Seeker: The Life of Eric P. Newman (softcover)
Researched & Written by Leonard Augsburger, Roger W. Burdette & Joel Orosz
Edited by James Halperin
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.
Researched, written and edited by titans in the numismatic field, Truth Seeker: The Life of Eric P. Newman, is an expansive biography. The book comprises 400+ pages of memorable stories suffused with fascinating illustrations and documents, all chronicling the admirable life of Newman, now 104 years young. In 43 chapters, Truth Seeker traces Newman's world-class collection from its inspiration - when his grandfather gave him an 1859 Indian head copper-nickel cent - to explaining the theory behind Newman's favorite coin. The history and content of his renowned and unparalleled collection, which he donated to charitable causes, would alone have been more than enough to fill the pages. Yet this work also profiles those who influenced him, both allies and adversaries, alongside the intellect, ethics, drive, and eternal optimism of a highly accomplished philanthropist who led his beloved hobby out of its own dark ages.
Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society, Newman
Len Augsburger, Wayne Homren and Chris Freeland
I think Augsburger et al. titled the book Truth Seeker because that’s what Eric Newman is. His ethics are impeccable. He follows the evidence where it goes and, remarkably, has never had a financial interest in any of his research. He has given away his entire collection to the Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society foundation for the education of numismatists of today and tomorrow. His quest for truth and ethics was not limited to numismatics, either. In 1961, as President of the A.N.A., he wrote the Biltmore Hotel in Atlanta that he would not be participating in the ANA convention if African-American members would not be served at the banquet. The hotel relented. He continues to be an inspiration to us all, and this book does him credit.
Bill Eckberg in July 2016 Issue of Penny-Wise | Read More...
Part I covers Newman's early years in five short chapters, and Part II covers his family, wife Evelyn, and their globe-trotting family. But numismatics is a theme throughout, including the coin necklace worn by Evelyn when they first met.
Those 59 pages are just a warmup for the wild numismatic ride to follow. Remaining parts of the 418-page book cover Eric's acquisition of much of the Col. E.H.R. Green collection, his relationship with Burdette Johnson and numismatic scholars Wayte Raymond, F.C.C. Boyd, John J. Ford, Jr., Q. David Bowers, George Fuld and Don Taxay.
Extensive sections cover The Fantastic 1804 Dollar, the 1853 $20 U.S. Assay Office of Gold controversy, the Lilly Collection and counterfeit western bars, and the pursuit of Clapp Large cents switched out of the American Numismatic Society collection.
Along the way of course, the book covers Eric's research and publication of several landmark books including The Early Paper Money of America, and multiple important papers and monographs including those authored in his 2nd century.
E-Sylum Editor Wayne Homren | Read More...
This extensive biography is both informative and entertaining. Color photographs, illustrations and documents chronicle and enliven the life story of numismatic titan Eric P. Newman. I highly recommend this captivating read.
Q. David Bowers in The Numismatist | Read More...
Additional research and edits by Maureen and Stu Levine.
ISBN Number: 978-1-63351-212-2
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Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.