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navi posted:

It seems to me that in '1', 'unnoticed by her' should be modifying a noun and not the entire clause 'he slipped the coin into his pocket'.

Hello, Navi—I agree with your observation and do not see (1) as equivalent in meaning to (2). I understand (1) to mean that he was not noticed by her when he slipped the coin into his pocket. Here's a sentence that you can use instead of (2):

3) He slipped the coin into his pocket, unbeknownst to her.

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