Lots of rumors are on the street regarding the disposition of the Eric Newman collection. In time some of them may be proven true, but I prefer going straight to the source for information. I spoke to Eric himself a couple weeks ago when it was first announced that parts of his collection would be sold. He referred me to Stuart Levine, who is handling the arrangements for the Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society. So I got in touch with Stuart, and he passed along the following for publication here in The E-Sylum. I also asked him for some background on himself and his involvement with EPNNES. Thanks! Stuart's response follows.
We've made a small beginning regarding the Eric P. Newman collection held by EPNNES (Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society). I can announce that the collection of United States Patterns will be sold by Heritage at the Central States Numismatic Society show in Schaumberg, IL The tentative date of sale is the evening of April 25th. Also included will be an original 1845 Silver and Copper Proof set and an extraordinary 1852 Augustus Humbert $10 gold piece.
In response to your future sales queries, there are currently no definitive plans to sell the Large Cents, any part of the numismatic library, or any additional collections. Other than the general goal announced by the EPNNES foundation on January 9th, no decisions as to extent or timing of sales have been made. The numismatic community will be kept abreast of any future sales in an exceedingly timely manner.
In response to your query regarding myself and my association with Eric: I have been a student of Numismatics since 1975 and a full time dealer since 1979. My friendship with Eric began many years ago with correspondence regarding 1779 South Carolina Bills of Credit engraved by Thomas Corum of Charleston. Our mutual interest in Colonial Currency led to further reciprocal research, including Paul Revere's production of the iconic "Sword in Hand" legal tender Bills issued by Massachusetts in 1775 and 1776. My wife Maureen and I also assisted Eric with the 5th edition of "The Early Paper Money of America" published in 2008.
In my opinion, Eric P. Newman is the foremost numismatic researcher of our time. The EPNNES collections represent his gateway to numismatic knowledge. I am honored to have been chosen to advise EPNNES and will do my best to further the study of Numismatics in conjunction with this task.
It is my hope that each of the auction catalogs will be available in hardcover format. I enjoy my hardcover set of the Stack's Ford sales, and hope numismatists have a similar opportunity to build a set to document Eric's magnificent collection. He's a national treasure, and so is his collection.
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
ERIC P. NEWMAN NUMISMATIC EDUCATION SOCIETY PLANS SOME SALES
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