Heritage Auctions will present Selections from the Eric P. Newman Collection Part X, containing a wide range of world and American paper currency, at the Dallas Headquarters on Wednesday, November 7.
This panorama of genres, topics, and styles comprises the first part of the one-day Signature auction event. The Part XI sale, devoted to coins, mechanical devices, books, and documents from Eric’s extraordinary collection will follow later the same day. An Internet session will follow on Saturday, November 10.
The currency in the Newman Collection Part X auction spans the globe and ranges from all periods of paper money issuance, from the earliest Ming Dynasty era to the modern South American inflation period. In between are fascinating Colonial American notes printed by Franklin, the most comprehensive collection of Continental Currency contemporary counterfeits (with newly clarified diagnostics and newly discovered varieties), currency related to the American Anti-Slavery movement, Emperor Norton notes, and Missouri fur traders’ “Bon” scrip.
Featured are the discovery engraver’s sample sheets with an Audubon running grouse. (See the reprint of “Discovered! The First Engraving of an Audubon Bird,” by Peck and Newman, in the catalog for this auction). Most of the items have been in the Newman Collection for at least 75 years and have never appeared at auction.
That includes one of the finest known $5 1861 St. Louis Demand Notes , acquired in Eric’s initial 1940 purchase from the “Col.” E. H. R. Green estate. The outstanding diversity of notes in this sale provides important pieces in a range of prices that will entice every collector. Additional highlights include:
- China Empire – Ming Dynasty 1 Kuan, Circa 1368-1399
- Colony of Connecticut July 10, 1733, redated 1735 3 Shillings, the Newman plate note
- Georgia 1775 5 Pounds “Native American with Bow” vignette
- Continental Currency – May 20, 1777 $8 Very Choice New 64PPQ
- Fairman, Draper, Underwood & Co. Sample Sheet with the Audubon Running Grouse vignette
- California – Imperial Empire of Norton 50 Cents Type 5 note
- Two different small format “Bon” hand-accomplished scrip notes used in early St. Louis
- Rhode Island 1800 16 Cents/1 Shilling note, the Newman and Durand plate note
- United States $2 1864 Legal Tender Essay Proof
As in the previous auctions, items sold are from the extensive collection of Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society (a Missouri not-for-profit corporation), which have been assembled over a period of 90 years. Proceeds of the sale of all items will be used exclusively for supplementing the Society’s scholarly numismatic research efforts and for the benefit of other not-for-profit institutions selected by Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society for public purposes.
Bids are now being accepted for this auction at currency.HA.com.