INVENTORY OF THE WALDO C. NEWCOMER COLLECTION OF EARLY AMERICAN COINS. B. Max Mehl.

INVENTORY OF THE WALDO C. NEWCOMER COLLECTION OF EARLY AMERICAN COINS.

(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. Annotation by Eric P. Newman on first page. Very good. Item #6348

Waldo C. Newcomer was among the most active and important numismatists of his day, assembling one of the largest collections of coins ever formed in this country. A few years before his death, he sold most of his collection to B. Max Mehl. Mehl wrote that: “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 have a few sets of photographs made of a great many of the United State gold and silver issues, along with pioneer and commemorative gold coins. Likewise, several copies of the typescript at hand appear to have been distributed 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.

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