Interview by Ricky Kuehn
Eric Newman was born on May 25, 1911 in St. Louis. He and his family moved to a Clayton home when he was 10 and continued to live in for 92 years until recently moving into an condominium with his wife. He grew up in St. Louis and attended John Burroughs High School as the first graduating class in 1923. From a young age, he took an interest in collecting coins. He frequented Burdette G. Johnson’s coin store in St. Louis. Newman and Johnson quickly became close friends and Johnson acted as a mentor. After graduating from Burroughs, Newman attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology and later Washington University where he earned his J.D. He practiced law in the St. Louis area until 1943 when he was hired by Edison Brothers Stores, a store chain. He rose to vice president in 1968 before retiring in 1987. After retirement, Newman continued his coin collection. Today, he has an internationally renowned privately owned coin collection displayed at the Newman Money Museum.
2006 – Newman Money Museum Opening
2003 – Background on Eric P. Newman