Sunday, May 21, 2017

JR Newsletter: 21 May 2017 (345)




First, an announcement from Steve Herrman:

COMING SOON!

The 5th revision of Auction Prices Realized for Certified & Graded Bust Half Dollars 1794-1839 (APRCG) shall be available in late-June.

The Summer 2017 APRCG includes prices realized for all certified and graded Bust Halves sold in major auctions over the past three years, June 2014 through May 2017.

Softbound, approx. 135 pages, $25.00 postpaid. Also available in PDF format for $20.00. Both printed and PDF are $30.00.

Copies will be mailed to JRCS members with an enclosed invoice. Advance payment is not required. Those who contact me before June 1st shall receive a 10% discount.

Note: $1.00 is donated to both the JRCS and the BHNC for each copy sold.

If you have not already done so, please contact Steve at Herrman102(at)aol.com to reserve your copy.

Thanks,

Steve Herrman
JRCS LM 28
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And a reminder from Brad Karoleff:

JRCS Members,

As we prepare for the upcoming ANA convention and our annual meeting there are a few things I would like everyone to think about:

1.  We need content for the next issue of the JR Journal.  Articles about personal experiences, research papers, personal observations, questions and ???? are all welcome for publication.  Please send your submission(s) to bkaroleff(at)yahoo.com.

2.  JRCS has a new updated website.  Steve Herrman previously wrote about it for the JR Newsletter.  He led the committee for the update and did a wonderful job!  Now we have to pay for the efforts.  We have decided to have a bid or buy sale of donated items to raise money to pay for the cost of the work.  We want to keep the donations to a $50 value or more for the sale.  I will be coordinating the effort so please send an email to me at bkaroleff(at)yahoo.com to discuss your donation before sending it.  We are also accepting cash donations should you decide that is more to your taste.  Cash donations are tax deductible as we are a 501(c)(3) educational society.  Cash donations should be sent directly to Dave Perkins at PO Box 3039 Centennial, CO 80161.  We will be selling the items this Fall after the ANA convention.

Donations already on hand include:

Cash of $200 donated by Winston Zack

A complete set of the JRJ donated by the club archives.

An autographed catalog of the Ed Price collection of early dime and quarter eagles sold by Heritage in 2008, donated by Ed Price.

A two volume hardbound set of Silver Dollars and Trade Dollars of the US, A Complete Encyclopedia written by Q. David Bowers donated by Brad Karoleff

Please consider participating by donating something for the sale, bidding or buying from the sale or BOTH!

If you have not already visited the new website, please take the trip soon.  http://www.jrcs.org

Please give us feedback after your visit either by posting to the JR Newsletter or emailing any of the officers with your comments. 

Happy collecting,

Brad



Sunday, May 14, 2017

JR Newsletter: 14 May 2017 (344)





The first contribution this week comes from Brad Karoleff:

JRCS Members:

As we prepare for the upcoming ANA convention and our annual meeting there are a few things I would like everyone to think about:

1.  We need content for the next issue of the John Reich Journal.  Articles about personal experiences, research papers, personal observations, questions and more are all welcome for publication.  Please send your submission(s) to bkaroleff(at)yahoo.com

2.  JRCS has a new updated website.  Steve Herrman previously wrote about it for the JR Newsletter.  He led the committee for the update and did a wonderful job!  Now we have to pay for the efforts.  We have decided to have a bid or buy sale of donated items to raise money to pay for the cost of the work.  We want to keep the donations to a $50 value or more for the sale.  I will be coordinating the effort so please send an email to me at bkaroleff(at)yahoo.com to discuss your donation before sending it.  We are also accepting cash donations should you decide that is more to your taste.  Cash donations are tax deductible as we are a 501(c)(3) educational society.  Cash donations should be sent directly to Dave Perkins at PO Box 3039 Centennial, CO 80161 (Payable to "John Reich Collectors Society").  We will be selling the items this Fall after the ANA convention.

Donations already on hand include:

Cash of $200 donated by Winston Zack

A complete set of the JRJ donated by the club archives.

An autographed catalog of the Ed Price collection of early dime and quarter eagles sold by Heritage in 2008, donated by Ed Price.

A two volume hardbound set of Silver Dollars and Trade Dollars of the US, A Complete Encyclopedia written by Q. David Bowers, donated by Brad Karoleff

Please consider participating by donating something for the sale, bidding or buying from the sale or BOTH!

If you have not already visited the new website, please take the trip soon.  http://www.jrcs.org.

Please give us feedback after your visit either by posting to JR Newsletter or emailing any of the officers with your comments.  

Happy collecting,
Brad
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A reminder about the JRCS Hall of Fame:  Nominations close VERY soon!

The membership is encouraged to send nominations for the Hall of Fame at any time. You can nominate candidates for either the veteran (those who contributed before the advent of JRCS) or the modern (those who have been members of JRCS) categories. Please include any pertinent information about the nominee that you feel necessary. Nominees will then be voted on by the HOF committee and the inductees will be announced at the annual meeting at the ANA convention in the summer. We look forward to seeing your nominations!

Please forward your nominations to bkaroleff(at)yahoo.com or to jrnewsletter(at)gmail.com


Sunday, May 7, 2017

JR Newsletter: 7 May 2017 (343)

Brad Karoleff wrote:

The current issue of the John Reich Journal has been shipped and many of you should already have it. If yours does not show up soon please contact me for a replacement.

We also need articles for the next, pre-ANA issue. Please consider submitting something.

Brad Karoleff
Bkaroleff(at)yahoo.com
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Len Augsburger wrote with information about the John Reich Journal on the Newman Numismatic Portal:

The John Reich Journal is now live on the Newman Portal at: https://nnp.wustl.edu/library/publisherdetail/518721

You can do searches within the JR Journal by using the advanced search page:

Enter “John Reich Journal” in the title field, and the search term in the search box at the bottom.  A search on “1802 JR-1”, for example, finds five matches within JRJ.  One could similarly search for Overton or LM varieties.

Regards,
Len

Sunday, April 30, 2017

JR Newsletter: 30 April 2017 (342)


We start off this week's JR Newsletter with some long-anticipated news.  From Steve Herrman:

The JRCS has a new website with a more modern look!
As of April 28, when you bring up the jrcs.org website, you should see the new JRCS Home page displayed with a video by JRCS President, Brad Karoleff.
A new feature on the Home page is Latest News. This section will cover breaking club news. Normal news and commentary should be submitted to the JR Newsletter Editor.
The new menu item, Calendar of Events, directs you to a new page where upcoming events of interest to the JRCS membership are displayed.
The last menu item on the main menu, Contact, directs you to a contacts page to get assistance with membership status, submissions to the JR Journal, submissions and sign up for the JR Newsletter, and submissions/requests for the Website Administrator.
Where are the other menu items, you ask? Click on the icon in the upper-left-hand corner, and you will see headings for Membership, Publications, Resources (new), and About.
New pages under Resources include Online Resources, Educational Presentations, Recordings of Meetings, Late Die State Showcase, and R7 and R8 Gallery.
The new website should also work smoother and display better on portable devices.
Thanks,
Steve Herrman
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Next, a note of thanks from Winston Zack after his request for information that was in last week's JR Newsletter:

I have received overwhelming support on my question/request. About 5-6 people contacted me about this, and two were able to provide images. I still do not know the current owner/buyer, but that's ok.

One of those who contacted me also provided me with photos of an example I had not seen yet (different variety) making the total number of cataloged examples among the four varieties somewhere between 14 and 16 - exciting!

Cheers,
Winston
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Jim Matthews wrote to share his recent experiences at a variety of coin shows:



Jim Matthews here, reporting on the last few weeks of activity. Thursday morning of April 20th found the blitz of coin shows beginning.  I drove into town with The Agitator riding shotgun. No trouble at all, and were soon parked inside the splendid Double Tree hotel. Setup was seamless. Early American Coppers was opening in Philadelphia. I set up with mostly silver but had just acquired a group of mint state late date half cents. Those are mostly gone after a few days. I sold some of my more interesting dime cuds from the 1830s to collectors who share that love. I stumbled through a talk on broken dies on Friday that was well received. 

I heard the EAC auction did quite well and was pleased with the results of the  coins I placed there. Kevin Vinton did an excellent job along with the many volunteers whose dedication makes these shows so enjoyable. It is always fascinating how many similarities exist between copper, silver and gold coinage, but collecting tunnel vision often precludes individual collectors from linking these issues. More discoveries are constantly coming to light.

I returned home late Saturday to prepare for the Westminster show on Sunday the 23rd. 

Monday was a tad busy as I needed to wrap up cataloging for the Goldberg's June sale, then polished up an article on the famed AMERI 1793 cents. Packed at 1 am for the Central States show in Chicago. The 70 coins I needed to send to PCGS did not get processed that night, they would have to wait for Chicago. I bolted up at 5 am Tuesday, off to The Agitator's house, tossed coins, clothes and checkbook into his vehicle and off we rolled. We slid into Pittsburgh to fetch Jim McGuigan along for the ride and pointed west for Central States. We arrived intact despite a few interstate challenges from an incompetent driver who had the misfortune of looking like Homer Simpson. He sparred with The Agitator but the ditches and guardrail remained free of wreckage. We continued on, arriving at 6 pm. Dinner in the hotel where my zombie eyes stayed glazed over despite excited talk with close friends long unseen.

Wednesday saw setup and I completed my submissions to PCGS, into the flow they go, when they appear nobody knows. 

One of the more interesting coins is an 1832 LM-9.2 half dime. The coin has some issues, but with so few known its bound to find a happy home. I asked for PCGS to put the variety attribution on the insert and should have it back in a month or so. Another group of nice Capped Bust half dimes are awaiting grading there, some from the Herman Halpern Collection of the last generation from that famed Stack's sale.

Central States was quite active, all the dealers I talked with noted higher sales and firmer prices. It appears the market is picking up quickly. A number of my best pieces found new homes and most of the coins I bought there have already been sold.

Suddenly, it was over, and after feasting at the Weber Grill in Schaumburg twice in two days I rolled back into the vehicle and we swam home through torrents of rain and wind, which continued through Indiana. My turn at the helm arrived as we crossed into Ohio, highlighted by a stop for gas and a Dilly Bar at the Dairy Queen. Stopping by Pittsburgh to let off Jim McGuigan we continued to The Agitator's house arriving after 11 pm. 

6 AM and now I sit at the Clarksburg coin show in West Virginia.  Come on down if you're in the area, we're here until 3 or so.

Next week we'll be watching to see what grades get posted and we start it all over again. As always, you just never know what will happen!

Sunday, April 23, 2017

JR Newsletter: 23 April 2017 (341)





Winston Zack wrote in search of a copy of the Sheridan Downey Auction catalog from 1998 (MB 21):

In my ongoing effort to study, research and record known contemporary counterfeit U.S. coin varieties (along with pedigrees and other information, when possible), I am in need of one piece of information at this time.

I am looking for a copy of Sheridan Downey's April 1998 MB sale no. 21 auction catalog, and specifically lot 283 which is a 1787 Flowing Hair half dollar, 8x7 obverse star combination in a grade of AG with an attempted puncture.

I would really appreciate getting a photo of this counterfeit, either a high-quality scanned image from the catalog, or BETTER YET, if someone here is reading this and owns this counterfeit I would appreciate the chance to get an updated, high-quality photo of this piece to add to my project.

Further, if anyone here owns any example of either of the three known varieties of '1787' FH halves, or the one known variety of '1878' FH half I would really appreciate adding your example to my project. For those of you who have provided images to me or given me permission to use your images I greatly appreciate this.

Please feel free to reach me at my email address: stoneman101(at)gmail.com

Thank you,
Winston
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From David Perkins:


Gerry Fortin and I will again have Table 910 at the Central States Convention this coming week in Schaumberg, IL.  We will have eight cases of quality early silver and other coins, including Type Coins and rare die marriages.  I will have most of my inventory with me at the show.  Gerry will not be able to fit all his inventory in his four cases, thus if you want Gerry to bring certain coins you will want to let him know in the next 24 hours if there are specific coins you’d like him to make sure he brings to the show. 
 
Among other items that I look forward to, I should be picking up a nice date set of Capped Bust Dimes at the show late Thursday, with an expected average grade of XF.  I don’t have a list of these – if there are certain Dimes you are looking for please don’t hesitate to contact me in advance.
 
The coin market seems to be picking up lately – both of us have had strong sales over the last two months.  I’ve talked with other collectors and dealers that are thinking this also.  I’ve sold some Half dimes & Dimes, Draped Bust Quarters, a large number of CB Quarters, CBHs, and early dollars along with other coins. 
 
Our inventories can be viewed on our websites, and contact information is listed below:
 
Dave:  www.davidperkinsrarecoins.com / wdperki(at)attglobal.net / 303-902-5366 (Colorado)
 
Gerry:  http://www.seateddimevarieties.com/index.htm  / wuximems(at)hotmail.com / 207-329-9957 (Maine)
 
On the subject of Numismatic Literature, I am looking forward to reading my copy of the new book, 1792: Birth of a Nation’s Coinage by Pete Smith, Joel Orosz, and Len Augsburger.  There is a lot of information on the first U.S. Mint! 
 
Lastly, the next issue of the John Reich Journal should be delivered to you early next month.  Enjoy.
 
Hope to see you at Central States!
 
W. David Perkins
Gerry Fortin

Sunday, April 16, 2017

JR Newsletter: 16 April 2017 (340)



Nathan Markowitz wrote with news of the upcoming Early American Coppers meeting:



JRCS members are once again cordially invited to attend the fiftieth anniversary EAC at the Doubletree hotel in Philadelphia, PA April 20-23.   

The educational program this year has broad representation including several of our own members.

EAC has again provided a silver display educational room for the Thursday night happenings. Please let me know if you have a specific die marriage you wish to bring for study.  Quarter die marriage study will be 1834 B-1 quarter.  Last year was a great display in Charlotte.

I can be reached at cascades1787(at)yahoo.com

Nathan


Sunday, April 9, 2017

JR Newsletter: 9 April 2017 (339)



We received no new contributions this week.  Perhaps we will hear next week from some people who attended the recently concluded show in Baltimore with some market insight?

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 Another reminder about the JRCS Hall of Fame:  Nominations close soon!

The membership is encouraged to send nominations for the Hall of Fame at any time. You can nominate candidates for either the veteran (those who contributed before the advent of JRCS) or the modern (those who have been members of JRCS) categories. Please include any pertinent information about the nominee that you feel necessary. Nominees will then be voted on by the HOF committee and the inductees will be announced at the annual meeting at the ANA convention in the summer. We look forward to seeing your nominations!

Please forward your nominations to bkaroleff(at)yahoo.com or to jrnewsletter(at)jrcs.org

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here's a late addition from Nathan Markowitz (will run it again next week):

JRCS members are once again cordially invited to attend the fiftieth anniversary EAC at the Doubletree hotel in Philadelphia PA April 20-23.  

The educational program this year has broad representation including several of our own members.

EAC has again provided a silver display educational room for the Thursday night happenings.  Please let me know if you have a specific die marriage you wish to bring for study.  Last year was a great display in Charlotte.

I can be reached at cascades1787(at)yahoo.com