In total, 162 lots of numismatic material from the Eric P. Newman
Collection, all but 18 representing U.S. coin patterns, will be
offered by Heritage Auctions April 25 in Schaumburg, Ill.
Topping the lots is the finest known 1852 Augustus Humbert, United
States Assayer of Gold, Close Date, 884 THOUS gold $10 piece, Kagin 10
(Private Gold Coins and Patterns of the United States by Donald Kagin).
The Humbert pioneer gold piece is certified Mint State 68 by
Numismatic Guaranty Corp.
The lots from the Newman collection will be offered during the
April 24 to 28 auction held in conjunction with the Central States
Numismatic Society 74th Anniversary Convention.
“The Newman specimen of the 1852 Humbert ten dollar is
one-of-a-kind,” said Jim Halperin, Heritage co-chairman. “We expect
fierce bidding from collectors who will know that not only will they
be getting the single finest territorial gold coin known, but the
money the Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society receives will be
used to benefit the public and support further research into the
history of coins.”
The Newman lots are currently scheduled to be sold Thursday, April
25, in the late afternoon or early evening, in a separate session
immediately preceding the firm’s Platinum Night session.
Proceeds from the sale of the 162 lots will be used by the
not-for-profit Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society for the
benefit of other not-for-profit institutions selected by the society
for public purposes, and also for supplementing the society’s own
operations at its Newman Money Museum and scholarly research efforts.
The Newman Money Museum is located at Washington University in St. Louis.
While 101-year-old numismatist Eric P. Newman is well known for
his expertise on paper money and coins of Colonial America, his 90+
years of collecting interests have also included U.S. coin patterns.
All of the patterns, coins and error coins from the Newman
collection are graded and encapsulated by NGC.
Among the patterns are two 1915 Panama-Pacific International
Exposition half dollar patterns without the S Mint mark found on the
regular coins — one struck in silver, Judd 1961 (United States Pattern
Coins, Experimental & Trial Pieces by J. Hewitt Judd, edited by Q.
David Bowers), and one in copper, Judd 1962.
While the patterns
were struck at the Philadelphia Mint, the regular commemorative coins
were struck at the San Francisco Mint and bear the facility’s S Mint mark.
The Judd 1961 pattern is graded NGC Proof 65. The Judd 1962 piece
is graded NGC Proof 66+ red and brown.
Both the silver and copper 1915 patterns have reeded edges.
“Pattern coins of the twentieth century are rare, and
opportunities to own them rarer still,” Halperin said. “The 1915
Panama-Pacific half dollars without Mint marks were struck in gold,
silver, and copper, but for each metal, fewer than four examples are known.”
In addition to the Humbert pioneer gold rarity and the patterns,
the Newman offering includes an 1845 Proof set in its original
presentation case of issue, with two coins in copper and five silver issues.
The coins in the set are:
➤ 1845 Coronet half cent, NGC Proof 64 brown.
Coronet cent, NGC Proof 64 brown.
➤ 1845 Seated Liberty half
dime, NGC Proof 65.
➤ 1845 Seated Liberty dime, NGC Proof
➤ 1845 Seated Liberty quarter dollar, NGC Proof 64.
➤ 1845 Seated Liberty half dollar, NGC Proof 65.
➤ 1845 Seated
Liberty dollar, NGC Proof 65.
The seven coins from the Proof set, as well as the coin case, are
to be offered in separate lots.
Newman is the author of The Early Paper Money of America, 1776
Continental Currency & Varieties of the Fugio Cent, Coinage for
Colonial Virginia and, with Ken Bressett, co-author of The
Fantastic 1804 Dollar. Books were not his only contributions to
literature; the American Numismatic Society dedicated a 2011 issue of
ANS Magazine to Newman’s extraordinary achievements, and included a
bibliographic listing of his published works. The listing ran more
than six full pages. Newman’s assistance to other numismatic
researchers is immeasurable.
As noted, the Newman patterns will dominate the upcoming auction
in terms of the number of pieces offered.
Among other Newman patterns to be offered are:
➤ 1872 Amazonian $20 piece in copper, Judd 1251, NGC Proof 65 red
➤ 1879 Quintuple Stella ($20) in copper, J-1644, NGC
Proof 64+ red and brown.
➤ 1863 Indian Head, Designer’s Initial
L cent in bronze, J-301, NGC Proof 66★ red.
➤ 1866 Washington
5-cent piece in white metal, J-479, NGC Proof 63.
Standard Silver dime in aluminum, J-1076, NGC Proof 66+ Ultra
➤ 1877 Sailor Head quarter dollar in copper, J-1500, NGC
Proof 65 red.
➤ 1882 Shield Earring quarter dollar in copper,
J-1699, NGC Proof 66+ brown.
➤ 1871 Indian Princess half dollar
in aluminum, J-1116, NGC Proof 67 Cameo.
➤ 1876 Sailor Head
dollar in copper, J-1465, NGC Proof 66+ red and brown.
Morgan half dollar in silver, J-1506, NGC Proof 67.
Morgan Head, Spread Eagle half dollar in silver, J-1516, NGC Proof
➤ 1873 Trade, Modified Reverse dollar in copper, J-1312,
NGC Proof 66+ red.
➤ 1879 Morgan, Large Eagle dollar in copper,
J-1614, NGC Proof 68 red.
➤ 1880 Coiled Hair, Goloid Metric
dollar pattern in aluminum, J-1656, NGC Proof 65★ Cameo.
Morgan, Lettered Edge dollar in aluminum, J-1749, NGC Proof 68
➤ 1852 perforated restrike gold dollar in gold, plain
edge, J-145, NGC Proof 66.
➤ 1866 Coronet double eagle in
copper, J-549, NGC Proof 65 red and brown.
“Eric P. Newman is a titan of numismatics and one of the hobby’s
greatest treasures,” Halperin said. “This sale will help many worthy
causes, including Eric’s tradition of adding to our knowledge about
the history of money.
“The Newman family’s generosity is nothing short of inspiring.”
Check the Heritage Auctions website at www.ha.com for additional information. ■