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May 07 2024

Newman Portal Search Hints

Newman Portal searches from the home page are exact text only. If you enter multiple words, it will search for that entire phrase.

If you wish to search for multiple terms all one page, but not in exact order, use the search form at https://nnp.wustl.edu/library/powersearchform. For example, if you wish to locate pages containing the words "Washington," "medal," "birth," and "centennial," enter the search:

ItemContent:Washington AND ItemContent:medal AND ItemContent:birth AND ItemContent:centennial

You can also use Google to search the Newman Portal site. From Google, enter, for example:

"washington medals" site:nnp.wustl.edu

Finally, you can search the Newman Portal document repository directly (https://archive.org/details/newmannumismatic), which, in some cases, will deliver additional results. On this page, check the box "Select text contents" before searching.

For additional assistance, please email us at NNPCurator@wustl.edu.

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Jun 10 2024

Greg Bennick Interviews Stan Kesselman

Stan Kesselman, a NY coin dealer, worked parttime in numismatics without a store front, quietly trading between the leading dealers and collectors of the day, beginning around 1960. Among his clients were the well-known collectors Harry W. Bass, Jr., R. L. Miles, Ted Naftzger and others. Kesselman specialized in rare date U.S. gold and was involved in transactions such as the purchase of the Naftzger $20 Liberty set, complete from 1850-1907.

Greg Bennick has interviewed a number of numismatic personalities for Newman Portal, capturing stories to inspire the next generation of numismatists.

Link to Stan Kesselman interview on Newman Portal: https://nnp.wustl.edu/library/book/638521
Link to Kessleman interview transcript: https://nnp.wustl.edu/library/book/638520
Link to Kesselman papers: https://nnp.wustl.edu/library/archivedetail/552738


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Jun 07 2024

Julius Guttag Latin American Catalog

The 1929 publication of Catalogue of the Collection of Juilus Guttag: Comprising the Coinage of Mexico, Central America, South America and the West Indies described nearly 5,000 types of Latin American coins and effectively served as a forerunner of the well-known Standard Catalog of World Coins. Although serving a catalog of the Guttag collection, the work is properly credited to Edgar H. Adams, of whom Guttag writes “Mr. Adams has done all the work of preparing the catalogue…I cannot thank [him] sufficiently….”

Among the many treasures of the American Numismatic Society Library is a five-volume set containing the individual pages of the Guttag Catalogue along with the pasteups of the original photographs. The quality of these images is generally much better than the halftone reproductions in the published version. This five-volume set has recently been scanned and is now accessible via Newman Portal.

The Guttag Latin American collection was sold in parts, with the first installment appearing in Kosoff’s December 10, 1941 sale. Part X, apparently the last, was featured in the Kosoff October 24, 1942 sale. Kosoff references individual coins by the Guttag number, allowing for comparison with the published reference. Kosoff further sold the Guttag library (August 6, 1940), but these five manuscript volumes do not appear in auction sale catalog.

Link to Edgar H. Adams publications on Newman Portal, including the Guttag Catalogue manuscript volumes: https://nnp.wustl.edu/library/booksbyauthor/104
Link to Abe Kosoff auction sale catalogs on Newman Portal: https://nnp.wustl.edu/library/auctioncompanydetail/511107
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