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    (c. 1670) St. Patrick Halfpenny, VF30
    Vlack 4-E, Seldom Seen Finer

    (c. 1670) 1/2P St. Patrick Halfpenny VF30 NGC. Vlack 4-E, W-11540. A wonderfully smooth, well-produced example of the scarce Small Letters Both Sides variety, problem-free and better than examples offered over the years in several of the finest St. Patrick halfpenny collections. Mark Newby halfpennies are distinctly different than the farthings both in size and production quality, suggesting a different origin, or perhaps a different purpose for the issue. No direct connection to West Jersey has been confirmed, other than design similarities to the farthings. The present coin offers medium-brown patina and excellent surface quality. The brass splasher is undisturbed on the crown, and some facial details on the king remain. Eric P. Newman notes on his envelope "Castaing edge" as opposed to the collared edge seen on the farthings.
    Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society. (NGC ID# AUAS, PCGS# 46)


    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    May, 2014
    16th-17th Friday-Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 16
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
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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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