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    April 20, 1781 Dunlap Backs "Trial Specimen"

    Pennsylvania April 20, 1781 5 Pounds & 10 Shillings Back Proofs Pair Fr. PA-256/249. PCGS Very Fine 35 Apparent.
    This is an intriguing and likely unique uncut pair of "Trial Specimen" backs as described in the Newman text for the series. Printed on laid paper, they are well struck and exhibit the strong details seen on a paper proof impression. The complete 5 pounds is seen, plus part of an adjacent note above, and a wide sheet edge at left. The 10 shillings is not complete, as it is shaved evenly away at the right. The blank verso has period official notations with "Superintending the/[unknown word(s)] to Strike" and signed at the bottom by "William Harris" in a bold flourish. In a different pen at the top center is a notation "Wm. Harris one of the committee." Noted with "Small Edge Splits and Tears; Minor Stains" by PCGS, but with deep embossing seen to the back. fascinating and unique printer's piece from the Dunlap studio.
    Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society

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    Auction Dates
    October, 2015
    21st-24th Wednesday-Saturday
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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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