The latest addition to the Newman Numismatic Portal is the Eric P. Newman research file on Bar Coppers. Project Coordinator Len Augsburger provided the following report.
Newman Notes on the Bar Coppers
A recent addition to the Newman Portal is the Eric P. Newman research file on Bar Coppers. Of unknown origin, these pieces were first noticed in 1785 and reported in the New-Jersey Gazette. Included in this file is a paper presented by Harry W. Colborn to the Western Pennsylvania Numismatic Society in 1993, a lengthy list of differences between authentic pieces and 19th century Bolen copies, and detailed notes on forged examples. Newman further collected photographs of false pieces and compiled early auction appearances of Bar Coppers.
Good old Harry! He was a regular in my days attending meetings of the W.P.N.S. If memory serves I was present for his talk. He'd be glad to know his paper is being preserved. Check it out.
Images: (1785) Bar Copper, NGC MS65 BN, ex. Newman IV (Heritage Auctions, May 16, 2014), lot 30383, realized $64,625.
Link to Newman files on Bar Coppers:
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