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    Likely Unique July 17, 1775 "Test" or Essay Proof
    The Newman Plate Note

    Virginia July 17, 1775 2 Shillings 6 Pence Small Ordinance "Test" or Essay Proof Fr. VA-72a. PCGS Choice New 63PPQ.
    To our knowledge, there is only one other "Test" or Essay impression like this from the Virginia series, and it was from the Newman Collection (cf. Newman Part VIII: lot 28160). Proofs and essays are more frequently encountered in the Obsolete and Federal currency series than in the Colonial. All known Colonial note proof and essay types might be counted on the fingers of two hands. Like its companion cited, this is an intriguing proof printed on the blue fiber paper used for issued notes. The border cuts are complete on all sides. There is no obligation or text. However, this is a "test" (as Eric refers to it on page 444 of his book) proof, or it is perhaps appropriately classified an essay for an unadopted design. The Virginia Colony coat of arms is at the upper left vs. the upper right on the issued notes. Like the Pistareen essay, the right and left border cuts are also in reversed orientation compared to those on the issued notes. This very distinctive and fascinating piece is the Newman plate note illustrated on page 444 of the fifth edition of The Early Paper Money of America (EPMOA). Basically as made, and a superb example of immense interest.
    Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society

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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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