The Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society (EPNNES) was founded in 1958 as a not-for-profit Missouri corporation. EPNNES acts a private, operating foundation.
Eric P. Newman (1911-2017) was a lifelong numismatist who collected and wrote widely, with publications appearing from 1941 to 2014. Eric and Evelyn Edison Newman (1920-2015) traveled the world together and were active in St. Louis cultural and philanthropic affairs. Newman was an attorney by trade and worked for Edison Brothers Stores from 1944 to 1987.
EPNNES has supported numismatics through a variety of efforts, including the publication of Eric P. Newman’s books and manuscripts over seven decades. EPNNES operated the Mercantile Money Museum in St. Louis from 1981 to 1996, and the Newman Money Museum at Washington University in St. Louis from 2006 to 2018.
The vast majority of the EPNNES numismatic collection, with strengths in early American paper money, obsolete paper money, colonial coinage, U.S. federal coinage, and other areas, was sold in a series of sales conducted by Heritage Auctions from 2013-2018 and by Goldberg’s in 2013.
EPNNES has supported the American Numismatic Association Summer Seminar and the American Numismatic Society Graduate Seminar, and in addition provided direct support in 2017 to a wide variety of numismatic regional and specialty organizations. Beginning in 2019, EPNNES has annually provided grants to authors undertaking original research within American numismatics.
The Newman Numismatic Portal is administered by Washington University in St. Louis and is underwritten by EPNNES. This online repository was launched in 2014 and enables free access to the largest online library of American numismatic literature. The Newman Portal further hosts archival resources such as the Eric P. Newman papers and extensive numismatic content digitized at the National Archives.
In 2020, EPNNES launched the NNP Symposium, a periodic virtual gathering of numismatists featuring presentations, exhibitions, and other programming aimed at an online audience.
Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society
P.O. Box 50376
St. Louis, MO, 63105
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