Sunday, October 18, 2020

JR Newsletter: 18 October 2020 (520)

Tom Little wrote:

Dear JR society,


This Bust H10c proof went off on ebay tonight:  



I'm not sure what the coin would grade at PCGS or NGC, but Skip Fazzari at ICG and the others there are usually pretty accurate.


Tom Little

Sunday, October 11, 2020

Sunday, October 4, 2020

JR Newsletter: 4 October 2020 (518)

We received multiple responses to Jeff Tryka’s inquiry into the 1814 O-107 Prime:



- The earliest state of the die for 1814 O-107 has no die chip in the N of UNITED. It is extremely rare with perhaps a handful of known specimens.

(sent by Steve Herrman)

- An 1814 O-107 Prime has no die chip in the N and is considered an R-7 rarity piece.

There some dealers for who this sort of variety is extremely attractive.  I would suggest Sheridan Downey! (sent by John Okerson)

I found this website and the main point that stuck out to me was one user said that he saw no crack clashes and no sign of a filled N  …hope this helps  (sent by Eric McClenathan)



- The absence of the die chip in N in UNITED suggests an early, scarce die state. I am sure more learned bust half collectors will have more to contribute.  (sent by Lance Keigwin) 





Jeff Tryka also provided a new contribution this week:


A few weeks ago, the John Reich Collectors Society held a virtual meeting via Zoom, and one of the featured speakers was Daryl Haynor, the author of a new book on classic head gold coins entitled, "United States Classic Gold Coins of 1834-1839" which presents a detailed analysis of the various die marriages for Classic Head quarter eagles and half eagles of that period.  For someone like me who collects bust half dollars by die marriage, this was an interesting new book and new avenue for my nascent collection (or perhaps accumulation) of Classic Head half eagles.  I ordered the book and after it arrived I began reading and attempting to attribute my coins by die marriage.  Even among my small collection, I found duplicates, but it was also a new dimension of collecting this sleepy series.


Perhaps the most interesting discovery was on the first coin of this series I ever purchased, which was in a lot of two 1836 "sea salvaged" coins in ANACS AU details holders that I bought maybe 20 years ago.  I kept the most attractive one and sold the other, but the one I kept turned out to be an HM-1 die marriage, rated R.6 and the rarest die marriage I own in the series!  This one is characterized by a very interesting die crack on the obverse, extending from the edge across Liberty.  If any of you are interested in this series, I highly recommend this book, available at Wizard Coin Supply.



Sunday, September 27, 2020

JR Newsletter: 27 September 2020 (517)

Jeff Tryka wrote:


Maybe some of you can help me. 


A long time ago I bought an 1814 bust half and after a lot of deliberation we assessed that this was an O-107 Prime. How can I be sure of this assessment, what does it mean and what diagnostics should I be looking for to confirm this assessment since it's not listed in my third edition Overton?


Photo is below


Thank you

Sunday, September 20, 2020

Sunday, September 13, 2020

Sunday, September 6, 2020

JR Newsletter: 6 September 2020 (514)

Final reminder, JRCS membership meeting for members and others who would like to participate is this week!

The Board of Directors of the John Reich Collectors Society held its annual meeting via a Zoom video teleconference recently.  The officers of the board decided that the JRCS will host an online meeting for the general membership (and other interested parties) on Wednesday, September 9, 2020 at 7 PM Eastern time zone.  


If you would like to participate in this general meeting of the JRCS, please send an email to jrcsweb2(at) and you should receive a link to the meeting (within 48 hours of the meeting time).


Among topics for this meeting, we may expect JRCS announcements on such topics as the JRCS Hall of Fame and the Jules Reiver Literary Award; a featured speaker and topic; and other discussions of member interest.


The JRCS will have as a goal holding quarterly video teleconference meetings, with the tentative schedule to be the third Wednesday of the months of November, February, May, and July at 7 PM Eastern time zone.