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    1784 Massachusetts Broadside for Equivalencies of Foreign Coins in Circulation

    Massachusetts - Single Sheet Broadside of "A TABLE, Of Weights and Value of coined Silver and Gold, and English Half-Pence and Farthings, as established by an Act of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. [Passed October 23, 1784." PCGS Very Fine 25 Apparent.
    In impressive condition, this small format Massachusetts broadside announces the enacted equivalents for various foreign coins in circulation in the newly formed United States, prior to the establishment of the United States Mint. Broadsides like this, especially in such choice condition, are rarely encountered. Printed on laid paper, but without imprint. 19.4 cm x 22.9 cm. The typography is similar to some Massachusetts fiscal forms (as listed in the Anderson-Smythe catalog) from the period and appears to be an official state government announcement. The chart lists the various foreign coins in common American use at the time on the left side with their denominations, and sometimes weights, and their pounds-shillings-pence equivalents on the right. The list begins with "an English or French Crown" at the top with various coins underneath. The only copper coins available were English farthings and half-pence with their equivalencies fixed to the local currency. The sheet is untrimmed, as printed, and a bold example. Noted only with some "Small Splits." Embossed lettering is visible to the back and there is a natural deckled edge at the right. A handsome piece and an important period financial document.
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    November, 2018
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    Truth Seeker: The Life of Eric P. Newman (softcover)
    A powerful and intimidating dealer of the 1960s, backed by important colleagues, was accused of selling fraudulent gold coins and ingots to unsuspecting numismatists. Who would go up against a man like that and, over the course of decades, prove the fraud? Who would expose a widely respected scholar as a thief, then doggedly pursue recovery of coins that the scholar had stolen from an embarrassed numismatic organization, all over the objections of influential collectors who had bought coins with clouded titles? Eric P. Newman would - and did. Reserve your copy today.
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