Sunday, August 2, 2020

JR Newsletter: 2 August 2020 (509)

In response to Barry Sunshine, Clyde Mcauly wrote:

I don't know if this fully fits the bill, but it is a double-struck example:  


Greg Cohen wrote:

Please find linked a press release regarding the extraordinary results of our most recent Regency Auction.

For more information, contact Greg Cohen and for images, please contact Patrick Braswell.

Thank you for your consideration.

Greg Cohen

Senior Numismatist

Legend Rare Coin Auctions
PO Box 189 | Lincroft, NJ 07738
Office: 732-935-1168
Cell:   914-882-9592

Sunday, July 26, 2020

JR Newsletter: 26 July 2020 (508)

Barry Sunshine wrote:

I recently added to my Early Dime Error collection an 1802 off-center Draped Bust Dime. I know that the middle dime early dimes are tough but to find one off center, I am thinking it might be unique. Does anyone know of another 1802 Early Dime errors? 

Please let me know if you know of one or have one. 
Stay safe and sorry won’t see you all at the ANA. 

Barry Sunshine

(click to enlarge photo)

Sunday, July 19, 2020

Sunday, July 12, 2020

JR Newsletter: 12 July 2020 (506)

Winston Zack wrote:

I hope you all had a great 4th of July.

I had 12 responses to the recent JRCS Zoom survey (via Excel) provided in the late June JR Newsletter.

The image shows the results.  The numbers on the left (e.g. 1. Early U.S. Mint history) correspond with the numbers on the x-axis with the graph to the right.  

(click on image to enlarge it)

The values in red text identified the greatest interest.  The topic of greatest interest amongst responders was for presentations on 'Early U.S. Mint history' followed by 'Bust Errors', etc.; there were several individual comments as to specific types of presentations members wanted to see/hear related to early U.S. mint history.  Interestingly, there seems to be little interest amongst JRCS collectors for presentations on Bust half dollars which are second from the bottom.  

Several folks identified definite or moderate interest in being a presenter for certain topics.  Other members were nominated to give presentations (see Comments).  Overall, if anyone wants to provide a 20-30 minute presentation on Zoom for any of the broad or specific topic items identified based on these results, or other related presentation, please contact me so we can begin coordinating speakers through at least the end of 2020.


In response to Brad Karoleff’s question about how readers like the changes to the JR Journal, Chuck Heck wrote:  Brad - I really like the color photos in the new issue!  What a difference they make!  Stay safe – Chuck

(Editor adds:  I agree with Chuck!  Would be wonderful to incorporate more color into the JR Journal for future issues)

Sunday, July 5, 2020

JR Newsletter: 5 July 2020 (505)

We had a number of contributions this week.  First, from David Perkins:

Most of the half dollar collectors and many others have likely seen the PCGS Press Release announcement of a new die marriage for the 1795 Flowing Hair Half Dollar, the first new 1795 FH 50C die marriage in over 90 years!  If not, below are links to the PCGS Press Release and a the PCGS Forum discussion on the discovery with photos and details of the key attribution points.  (photo posted above!)

June 30, 2020: PCGS Press Release
PCGS Confirms New 1795 Flowing Hair Half Dollar Variety

June 30, 2020: Collectors Universe U.S. Coin Forum
PCGS Confirms New 1795 Flowing Hair Half Dollar Variety

I have the coin and will be offering it for sale sometime in the near future.  Please feel free to contact me if you have an interest.  Thanks.

W. David Perkins


Cell 303-902-5366

Steve Herrman wrote:

for Bust Half Dollars

A few printed copies of the 8th revision of Auction Prices Realized for Certified & Graded Bust Half Dollars 1794-1839 (APRCG) are on hand after the mailing to regular subscribers on June 16.

The Summer 2020 revision includes prices realized for all certified and graded Bust Halves sold in major auctions over the past three years, June 2017 through May 2020.

Softbound, 138 pages, $28.00 postpaid via Media Mail. Also available in PDF format for $20.00. Both printed and PDF is $33.00.
Copies will be mailed to JRCS and BHNC members with an enclosed invoice. Advance payment is not required.

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

Please contact Steve at herrman102(at) to reserve your copy.


Steve Herrman

Paul Kluth wrote:

In response to Brad's request for input about the surprise contained in the JR Journal:
Wow!  The new format of the John Reich Journal looks great and the color cover and inside pages are a very much welcome addition.  Please keep it up as it really raises the bar for JRCS.  The changes are greatly appreciated!  

Paul Kluth

Sunday, June 28, 2020

JR Newsletter: 28 June 2020 (504)

Winston Zack wrote:

I wanted to share with you all that some of us are working on organizing some upcoming JRCS related talks through the Zoom app in the near future. Priority for attending these talks would be first given to members in good standing, then prospective members, followed by other folks with a demonstrated interest if 'Zoom room' space exists (I think we are limited to about 100 attendees, but I doubt we'll hit that number).  For this to be successful, we will need to solve the following items, at the very least:

1) Coordinate Zoom presentation speakers;
2) Identify how frequently we want to have Zoom meetings (e.g. monthly basis);
3) Identify recurring Zoom meeting dates and times; and 
4) Identify how to effectively share the meeting invitations with JRCS membership (i.e. in the Sunday JR Newsletter, or via a JRCS email listserv).

I have created the linked Excel spreadsheet which identifies general and specific topics JRCS members may want to see presented via Zoom.  This document will also allow members to identify whether they would like to give a presentation. Please complete survey and return to me address is in the spreadsheet:  winston.s.zack(at)
I would greatly appreciate that.  

Linked Excel spreadsheet:  

Thank you very much for these considerations,

Sunday, June 21, 2020

JR Newsletter: 21 June 2020 (503)

Matthew Bell wrote

Please find linked a press release from Legend Rare Coin Auctions announcing the upcoming sale of the Bruce Morelan Collection, which features the $10,000,000 Specimen 1794 Dollar. For more information regarding this auction, please contact Matthew Bell at Matthew(at)


Editor added:  We received a few more responses about the ANA Show and collectors' thoughts on attendance.  Although the collective opinions seem to matter less now with the announced "suspension" of the show, the response continued to be overwhelmingly "not attending" the show.