Sunday, October 15, 2017

JR Newsletter: 15 October 2017 (365)

We received one contribution this week, from Rich Uhrich:

I have some big big big big news for this weekend's JR Newsletter.

I am selling my 1823/2 quarter PCGS VG-8 and also my 1827 Original quarter PCGS PR-20.

Both are pedigreed to Eliasberg.  The 1823/2 quarter is one of about 31 - 32 known, and the 1827 is the only circulated Original of only 9 known.  The 1823/2 will be offered at a fixed price, and the 1827 will be auctioned on my website.

If you want to discuss or want more detailed information, please call me at 863-314-6872 or 717-579-8238.



Sunday, October 8, 2017

JR Newsletter: 8 October 2017 (364)

Harry Cabluck wrote in response to the editor's lamentations of last week:

Congratulations upon moving to Mac-dom.  You will find happiness thereabouts.
Always enjoy your writings.  Much appreciate the move to larger font/size.
Friend Christian Merlo, the local ANACS representative, photographed this O 111a in the collection hereabouts.


Sunday, October 1, 2017

JR Newsletter: 1 October 2017 (363)

First this week, from the editor:

Recently, I switched from being a 25+ year user of a PC type of computer to an Apple/Mac type of computer.  I don’t believe I will have this switchover completely mastered for another 25 years.  Part of my difficulty in changing from PC to Mac has been in processing photos.  As a result, two photos provided by Jim Matthews in last week’s JR Newsletter were left out.  I have figured out how to post those photos after some trials and tribulations.  Here are Jim’s photos.

First, an image of an 1831 JR-6 with the obverse cud.

Second, an image of the reverse of an 1829 JR-4 that Jim purchased from Larry Blackwelder in 1993:

I’ll do my best to get smart on this “Mac thing.”  I am an old dog, so you know what they say…

While I have your attention, I want to remind readers that the correct email address for submissions to the JR Newsletter is jrnewsletter(at)

Of course, instead of remembering the email address, you can just reply to the weekly JR Newsletter email and your reply will go to the correct mailbox.  Sending email to the email address will not be effective, to say the least.


Barry Sunshine wrote:

To all – at the NLG bash on August 8th held in connection with the ANA convention, the Bust Dime Book – Variety Identification Guide won the Best Specialized Book of the Year Award. This great Bust Dime book was written by Winston Zack, Louis Scuderi and Michael Sherrill and received a lot of assistance from other Bust dime enthusiasts. Louis and Winston surprised me by attending the NLG Bash to accept the award and everyone that was involved with the Book received many congratulations from throughout the ANA and emails. 

One top grading service reported that they use this book all the time!

If you collect or have any interest in learning about Bust Dimes, then this book is essential addition to your library and is great reading.  I noted that many top auction catalogs cite this book in lot descriptions. 

If you want to acquire a copy of this book, then contact one of the several dealers that carry the Bust dime book at $49 each. Those dealers contact info are:


Winston Zack wrote:

To all JRCS members, and especially Bust Half Nuts, I am working to finish a project on contemporary counterfeit U.S. coins. There are a number of varieties which I believe were made from transfer dies, and therefore the obverse and/or reverse impressions should match mint-made dies (although some details from the transfer process may be slightly distorted). As such, I am not as much of an expert identifying Overton varieties as many of you are, and therefore I could use your expertise. Therefore, I am requesting the assistance of some of the membership to help in identifying the obverse and reverse Overton dies associated with each obverse and reverse die used to make these counterfeits.

I have a PDF file with high quality images of almost all the varieties I would like to have reviewed. I also have an excel spreadsheet where you can place your answers/responses/notes. Combined, these documents are about 73 MB in size - too large to email. Therefore I will need to send you the documents via Dropbox where you can download them. Simply send me an email (stoneman101(at) requesting to help out, and I will send you the Dropbox link.
Any assistance will be GREATLY appreciated, and acknowledged as such in my project. I would appreciate receiving final responses from everyone before November 31, but do not feel you need to rush through this.

Final results will be shared with all those who have participated.

Thank you,


Len Augsburger reported that he has received assistance on attribution of the Frank Stewart half dollars and half dimes.  The denominations remaining are the dimes and quarters.  He has updated the Newman Numismatic Portal to reflect the attributions sent in by JRCS members.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

JR Newsletter: 24 September 2017 (362)

Jim Matthews wrote:

I'm just back from the Gettysburg coin show. The show was active and fairly well attended. I met several dealers that were new to me and saw the usual familiar faces that attend these regional shows. For me the show had two amazing finds, a friend of mine had texted me that he had secured an example of the 1829 JR-4 with the reverse cud at ER and faintly a retained cud above NITE, the coin is well circulated but does have full rims, and the cud over ER appears advanced despite the wear on the coin. I purchased an example of this full cud from the Larry Blackwelder Collection back in 1993 or so and I don't recall seeing another example (picture attached of the Blackwelder coin). This is an exciting coin for us cud specialists!

Then, as if this singular purchase wasn't enough I was talking with New York dealer Tom Keenan and he had brought along several amazing finds from his own personal collection. He showed me a couple of fairly common cuds which are always fun to purchase, an 1836 LM-1.2 half dime with the cud at TED--long a favorite of mine as this variety and remarriage is one of the first cuds I purchased many years ago from Stack's. The cud is fully developed and the third star on the obverse is virtually gone—an indication of a very late striking with the cud well advanced (important evidence of die state on lower grade coins like this) Along with the half dime he had a decent example of a Capped Bust dime of the 1831 JR-5 with the cud above UNI.

However, the incredible find from Tom was a coin he had purchased "many years ago", that being an example of the Capped Bust dime 1831 JR-6 with the full obverse cud at stars 2 and 3. I was able to secure all these coins and these made my show quite memorable. In the last twenty plus years I've only seen 3 examples of the 1831 JR-6 with the obverse cud! Perhaps a few more exist, but I doubt if there are more than a handful. Once again, it pays to look and search, as you never know when that wondrous gem will appear!

Jim Matthews

Len Augsburger wrote:

The Bust coinage from the Independence Hall collection has been posted on the Newman Portal at:

The Independence Hall collection was contributed to the City of Philadelphia by Frank H. Stewart, who built it as part of his investigation into the first Mint history. Stewart referred to it as the “Old Mint Collection.” Eventually the National Park Service inherited the collection and today it resides at Independence Hall, though none of it is exhibited. If any JRCSers would like to help with attributions, we will post them.  Thanks to Dave Perkins for assisting with the silver dollars.  Jeremy Katz did the photography, and it is excellent.