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    1778-1779 Rhode Island Ship Token, VF30
    Without Wreath, Copper, W-1730

    1778-1779 TOKEN Rhode Island Ship Token, Without Wreath, Copper, Betts-562, W-1730, R.3, VF30 NGC. 140.5 grains. Die alignment: 180°. An interesting example of this controversial type. These pieces are often referred to as medals. If that is accurate, this was obviously someone's pocket-piece. But possibly it did in fact circulate, as a token would. Still attractive, with uniform wear and just a bit of reverse spotting. The silver wash this piece was clearly given highlights the question of their exact composition. Eric P. Newman recorded the specific gravity of this example as 8.3. Listed on page 52 of the 2018 Guide Book.
    Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society. (NGC ID# 2AUM, PCGS# 576)


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

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    Auction Dates
    November, 2017
    1st-3rd Wednesday-Friday
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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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