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    Cape Cod Spurious Rarity

    Falmouth, MA - Falmouth Bank $5 November 13, 1855 Spurious Issue MA-595 S10. PCGS Very Fine 20.
    Though this is a spurious note, it is very rare, as attested by a lack of illustration in Haxby and lack of confirmation in the Whitman Encyclopedia. The note has an imprint of New England Bank Note Co., Boston at the bottom left, unknown data in both references. A large, gray "5" dominates the face of this interesting note. At the upper left, a seated man in classical garb holds a stylus and a scroll with "1620" on it. As such, we can infer the Mayflower sails away in the background, appropriate for a Cape Cod issuer. A "V" block is below. Washington's portrait is at the right end in an elaborate counter frame with scrollwork above and below. An important note from Cape Cod. Obtaining a genuine note from the bank would be an achievement. We have cataloged only two spurious notes from here, and both were different types. This has everything going for it: location, rarity and condition.
    Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.

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    Auction Dates
    May, 2016
    4th 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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