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Aug 31 2018

Coin World Available on Newman Portal for Search-Only Access

The weekly messenger of the numismatic trade since 1960, Coin World represents a substantial store of numismatic information that is often lost to today’s researchers, who have no way of searching or accessing old issues. Complete runs of the periodical are few and far between, as the space required to store over 3,000 issues is considerable. Over the last year, Newman Portal has been scanning Coin World at various locations, and now announces the completion of the project. 

Although not available for full view, this content can be searched by Newman Portal users. To search Coin World on Newman Portal, use the advanced search page and enter “periodical” as the content type and “Coin World” as the title. An NNP user this week located an extensive article on a numismatic theft from the Historical Society of Pennsylvania in the early 1970s, which was discoverable in no other way. Members of the American Numismatic Society (ANS) may acquire copies of specific articles through ANS librarian David Hill.

Newman Portal acknowledges the ANS, which shared in the cost of digitization, and Beth Deisher and Ute Wartenberg Kagan for their support. Rick Amos at Amos Media provided the Coin World reference set from 1960-2005, while David Sundman of Littleton Coin loaned his run of Coin World from 2006-2017.

Link to advanced search page on Newman Portal: https://nnp.wustl.edu/Library/AdvancedSearchForm
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Sep 13 2018

American Numismatic Society (ANS) Slide Series

Coincident with the Coinage of the Americas Conference (COAC) events held at the ANS in the 1980s and 1990s, the ANS produced a number of boxed sets that contained color slides along with pamphlets incorporating introductory material and slide descriptions. The material illustrated a number of United States coin series and, in the era of the slide projector, was ideal for meeting presentation purposes.  Each set of slides and accompanying pamphlet illustrate and describe the major types and design evolution within an American series. Newman Portal has digitized the slides and pamphlets for four of these, including America’s Copper Coinage 1783-1857 (1984), Massachusetts Silver Coinage (1994), Die Varieties of the 1794 Large Cent (1984), and America’s Federal Gold Coinage 1795-1933 (1989).  Newman Portal acknowledges the ANS for permission to digitize this material.  Can E-Sylum readers report the existence of any other sets?

Link to Massachusetts Silver Coinage on Newman Portal: https://nnp.wustl.edu/library/book/554218
Link to Die Varieties of the 1794 Large Cent: https://nnp.wustl.edu/library/book/554219
Link to America’s Copper Coinage: https://nnp.wustl.edu/library/book/554217
Link to America’s Federal Gold Coinage: https://nnp.wustl.edu/library/book/554220

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Sep 13 2018

Inde Et Lib Fixed Price Lists on Newman Portal

Kevin Vinton, dealer in colonial and early U.S. coins, has contributed a number of fixed price lists to Newman Portal. The Sun Rays Collection, Part 1 is one recent offering, featuring a notable collection of Fugio cents. Archived on Newman Portal, specialists in the series now have an additional resource for pedigree and price research. Included in this list was a plate coin from Eric P. Newman’s “Varieties of the Fugio Cent,” published in Wayte Raymond’s Coin Collector’s Journal (January-February 1949). Newman’s work identified 25 obverse dies (dated 1787) and 32 reverse dies and represented the first comprehensive die variety analysis of the series. This plate example, Newman 9-P, comes with a rich pedigree including Elder, Ryder, Boyd, and Ford. F.C.C. Boyd loaned many Fugio cents to Newman for study and it is virtually certain this coin was among them.

Link to Sun Rays Collection fixed price list: https://nnp.wustl.edu/library/book/553105
Link to Inde Et Lib fixed price lists on Newman Portal: https://nnp.wustl.edu/library/publisherdetail/522648
Link to Eric P. Newman’s “Varieties of the Fugio Cent”: https://nnp.wustl.edu/library/book/535829

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