(Fort Worth): (c. 1931). Original typewritten carbon copy of the inventory of the colonial and early American portion of the Waldo C. Newcomer collection. 37 leaves, typewritten in three columns (Date / Description / Cost) on one side of each sheet of onion-skin carbon-copy paper. Held together with two brass crimp-style binders at top. Worn at extremities; first leaf detached from binders; marginal tears not affecting text. Very good. Item #5733
During the first three decades of the twentieth century, Waldo C. Newcomer was one of the most active and important numismatists in the United States, assembling one of the largest collections of coins ever formed in the United States. A few years before his death, he sold a major portion of his collection to B. Max Mehl. The acquisition of “approximately four thousand different coins” was trumpeted in a four-page advertisement appearing in the March 1932 issue of The Numismatist where Mehl stated: “The American Colonial series excels any collection in existence or ever assembled. There are some seventy-five different die varieties of the Massachusetts silver, including four N.E. shillings and a N.E. sixpence. All the great rarities of Washington cents, etc., including two Brashear (sic) Doubloons!” B. Max also wrote that a “Catalog is now in preparation, and when completed will serve as a real reference work on the entire American coinage.” Sadly, Mehl never followed through with this promise—the result of which is that today there is no readily available record of Newcomer’s vast holdings. Fortunately, Mehl did distribute several copies of the present typescript at the time. It is indispensable is establishing the pedigrees of his American colonial coins, many of which were acquired by Colonel E.H.R. Green. A most desirable and rare record of this remarkable assemblage of American colonial coins. Ex Eric P. Newman Library.