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    1788 Massachusetts Half Cent
    Condition Census Ryder 1-A, AU58

    1788 1/2 C Massachusetts Half Cent AU58 NGC. R. 1-A, W-6000, High R.4. Michael Hodder rated this variety High R.4 in the Ford catalog, and Q. David Bowers called it "URS-7 or 8" in the Whitman Encyclopedia of Colonial and Early American Coins. Our own experience suggests that it may deserve a full R.5 rating. Our brief survey includes just 13 examples of this variety, compared to 137 appearances of Ryder 1-B. However, at least three Mint State examples are known, and the Newman piece falls at the low end of the Condition Census. Both sides are glossy with intermingled steel-brown and light tan, showing excellent design definition and minimal handling marks.
    Ex: "Colonel" E.H.R. Green; Green Estate; Partnership of Eric P. Newman / B.G. Johnson d.b.a. St. Louis Stamp & Coin Co.; Eric P. Newman @ $20.00; Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 2B23, PCGS# 308)


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    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    May, 2014
    16th-17th Friday-Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 20
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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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