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The E-Sylum: Volume 20, Number 47, , Article 3


Len Augsburger compiled these tributes from across the internet. Thank you. -Editor


Mark Borckardt: Rest in Peace, Eric P. Newman. Gone too soon at the age of 106. You will be missed, but certainly never forgotten.

John Kraljevich: It's nearly impossible to live to be 106 and still be gone too soon. Eric Newman: numismatist, humanitarian, philanthropist, devoted husband and father, morally upright member of the human race. May his memory be a blessing to everyone his spirit touched.

Pierre Fricke: I really enjoyed my couple of half day visits with him a few years ago... sharp as a tack at 100 and I learned quite a lot!

Greg Heim: We mourn his loss and remember the man who was the greatest American Numismatist of all time. Although we didn't know Eric as well as some of our colleagues, Lisa and I were fortunate enough to have met him on a couple of occasions. We were lucky. Our condolences go out to his family, and to the entire numismatic community.

PCGS US Coin Forum:

Bill Jones: He was a truly great gentleman, and one of the greatest numismatists of all time. This marks the final passing of an era.

John Coyle: The definition of “strong hands.”

Rick Sear: He's likely smiling over a dish of ice cream right now, "a sorrow deep and soaring sweet.”

Jon Lerner: Blessed all he shared his love of coins, knowledge, and passion. 106 is the new 20, let’s all rejoice in a wonderful life and the legacy he leaves behind.

Tributes sent to Rittenhouse Society email group:

P. Scott Rubin: It was a great privilege to know Eric, he had a long and very useful life. His real legacy is in the individual researched articles and books he authored or co-authored, especially on Colonial U.S. Coinage and Paper Money. The Newman Portal is the icing on the cake to all who share his love of discovery and making it available to all.

Denis Loring: One of a kind, and there won't be another. Rest in peace, Eric.

Harry Salyards: The Newman Numismatic Portal is his memorial! What a legacy he leaves.

Neil Shafer: Feelings of sadness, realization of a great numismatist's life, personal loss - a tremendous individual who will be sorely missed by all.

Craig Sholley: I feel lessened, like some of the air just went out of the world. As soon as I read, I thought back to all of the wonderful numismatic discussions and arguments we had. We just lost a very dear friend and giant of a person.

Doug Mudd: He was one of the greats - his passing is a sad day for the hobby.

Joel Orosz: Sir Isaac Newton famously said “If I have seen farther, it is because I stand upon the shoulders of giants.” Eric P. Newman was the giant upon whose shoulders we all stand.

Bill Bugert: The world is a poorer place without him. He enriched all our lives.

Bill Fivaz: Numismatics has indeed lost a legend.

Roger Siboni: An epic man, who lead an epic life and left an epic legacy!

Ken Bressett: Eric was cherished and respected by all. A truly unique numismatic treasure.

David Lange: Always such a gentleman and so helpful to me, even in matters of limited interest to him. I will cherish our interactions over the years, and it was such a privilege to examine and attribute many of the pieces from his collection as they went to market. Numismatics is a far smaller science in his absence.

Tom DeLorey: Good night, Eric. Flights of angels sing thee to thy rest!

Syd Martin: He lived a good life, and will be sorely missed. He was a true gentleman whom I admired greatly — and enjoyed our discussions. A real role-model!

Anne Bentley: A giant among men and numismatists! How lucky I feel to have learned from him. We shall all miss him dearly.

Tributes received by me:

John Feigenbaum: This is very sad news but we can all rejoice in knowing that Eric had a rich and fulfilling life.

Len adds:

Len Augsburger: Eric and Evelyn Newman were, simply put, giants. Their commitment to service and scholarship will not be forgotten and remain an example to us all

I'm rarely at a loss for words, but I'm struggling to comprehend the stunning void left in Eric's absence. He has been present my entire numismatic career, both a friend and an inspiration. May his presence live on in all of us, and forever in his many great works and deeds. -Editor
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