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    MA - Lot of 3 State of Massachusetts May 5, 1780 Guaranteed by the United States Contemporary Counterfeit Notes.
    A fascinating reference trio of all three reported as contemporary. Eric's collection album typewritten paper tags note them as "Circulating Counterfeits." Counterfeits from this issue seem to share "the peculiar look" as a common diagnostic. $7 MA-283. The watermark has a reversed "N" in "UNITED" and some text difference. The paper quality is poor compared to genuine notes of this example. Fine; $8 MA-284. The far right "S" in "MASSACHUSETTS" is poorly formed with it being top-heavy and the bottom curl narrower. VF; $20 MA-285. This type is frequently seen on thick, white paper. This example, the Newman plate note illustrated on page 470 in the appendix of the fifth edition, has a poorly formed watermark. The plate diagnostic on this is example is provided by the slanting uprights on "No." at the upper left . There may be several counterfeits of this type, and a study of them might yield some interesting information. Fine, small splits on the crease. All three notes were used during the initial research for the first edition of the Early Paper Money of America.
    Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society. (Total: 3 notes)

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    May, 2017
    31st Wednesday
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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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