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The E-Sylum:  Volume 11, Number 8, February 24, 2008, Article 5

NEW BOOK: UNITED STATES FUGIO COPPER COINAGE OF 1787 BY ERIC NEWMAN

The latest new title on early U.S. coinage comes from the
quill pen of nonagenarian Eric P. Newman of St. Louis.
'United States Fugio Copper Coinage Of 1787' is a 176-page
expansion of his original article on the subject published
by Wayte Raymond in the Coin Collectors Journal of January
1949. This is perhaps the longest period between a published
numismatic research study and its revision by the same author
(nearly 60 years)!

Eric writes: "Major important cooperating contributors to
the book are Bill Noyes for the images; John Kraljevich for
the refinement of the 18th century history; Kenneth Bressett
for the clue to John Curtis as the Horatio Rust collaborationist
in the distribution of the 19th century Fugio copper, silver
and gold copies (falsely called New Haven "restrikes"); and
Jon Lusk, the publisher and a stimulator for the project.
Charles Davis is the distributor and promoter of the book."

Charlie Davis writes: "In 1869 Sylvester Crosby put together
a committee to write the "Early Coins of America." Within
several years the committee had done little to move the project
along, and Crosby found himself alone with the project,
substantiating the maxim that when work is assigned to a
committee, either no work is done or one person does it all.

"With the 'United States Copper Fugio Coinage of 1787,'
a committee of Newman, Noyes, Kraljevich, Lusk, and myself
began the work at the 2007 EAC convention in St Louis.
Dispelling the above theory, the work progressed rapidly,
and drawing on the superb photo file of Bill Noyes, and the
able assistance of specialists like Brian Greer, and Tony
Terranova, the book was on press eight months later. The
group was so pro-active we were even able to include the
new variety discovered by Stack's in December 2007 and sold
in their January 2008 sale.

"Those who have seen the book will immediately recognize
the Noyes/Lusk format with 3x color photographs of obverses
and reverses with diagnostic pointers placed around the
circumference, with rarity levels and commentary for each
variety.  Eric has even written sections dealing with errors
and patterns, areas not covered before. A final touch is the
inclusion of a reprint of Ericís 1949 work from the Coin
Collector's Journal. The book is available in two versions:
blue cloth at $125.00 (plus $7.00 shipping to U.S. addresses),
and half Morocco with a signed bookplate at $550.00 (plus $15
shipping). Each may be ordered from us at Box 547,
Wenham MA 01984."

[Eric was born May 25, 1911, and he's an inspiration to us
all.  Congratulations on the latest publication!  I'll look
forward to getting my copy, and invite other readers to
contribute their reviews.  -Editor]

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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