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    Pattern Case for Complete
    1868 Aluminum Coinage Proof Set

    Purple Morocco Case for 16-Piece 1868 Aluminum Pattern U.S. Coinage Proof Set. The original velvet-lined purple morocco-plush velvet presentation case for the complete 16-piece 1868 aluminum pattern proof set, complete from Indian Head cent through Liberty Head double eagle, from the famed Eric P. Newman Collection. The case housed the original set, now being sold as individual pieces in this auction. The 5-3/4 x 8-3/4 inch case is in Very Fine condition, showing some expected wear from 146 years in existence but in decent shape overall. Two intact brass clasps hold the case shut, and two glass panes, also intact, protect the former contents. There are 16 openings for the individual pieces arranged in three rows, cent through Shield nickel, three cent silver through Seated dollar, and gold dollar through double eagle. This set was passed down through the heirs of Treasury Secretary Hugh McCulloch until purchased by famed numismatist Eric P. Newman. McCulloch, a staunch advocate of the gold standard, was twice Treasury Secretary, serving two nonconsecutive terms under three presidents. This lot is for the case only. There are no coins included.
    Ex: Treasury Secretary Hugh McCulloch (circa 1868); McCulloch family; Eric Newman; Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    November, 2014
    14th-15th 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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