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    1773 Virginia Halfpenny, MS64 Red and Brown
    Finest Known Newman 5-B, No Period, Six Harp Strings

    1773 1/2P Virginia Halfpenny, No Period MS64 Red and Brown NGC. N. 5-B, W-1410, R.6. 127.8 grains. The diameter of the flan is noticeably larger on this example than on most others. Reverse B is the only halfpence reverse with six harp strings, although Reverse A of the 'Virginia Penny' also has six harp strings. The Newman 5-B is a rare variety, and most survivors are noticeably circulated. This example is the first Mint State piece we have seen, although Roger Moore reports a finer example in his collection. Mild clashing can be seen over the laurel wreath on the obverse. The characteristic obverse die chip is visible on the back jaw line. Both sides have at least half of the original mint color with delicate blue-green toning. A small patch of old corrosion covers a few dentils at 10 o'clock, providing an excellent pedigree marker.
    Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 2ATL, PCGS# 244)

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    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    May, 2014
    16th-17th Friday-Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 11
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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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