Sunday, February 18, 2018

JR Newsletter: 18 February 2018 (383)

David Perkins wrote:

I just received a copy of the February 2018 issue of COINage Magazine from Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez.  I was interviewed last year by McMorrow-Hernandez for an article on Draped Bust Dollars and the article was finally published in this issue.  Dealer Julian Leidman was also interviewed and quoted in the article.  Also included in this issue is an article by Bob Julian on 1804 Dollars.  And there is another article on the year 1799, “America Gets a new Mint and Loses a Father.”  Those interested in early history and the early dollars may want to pick up a copy at a local newsstand.  

The next issue of the John Reich Journal will likely be mailed in April.  This will be the first of three issues for Volume 28.  It is a good time for new members to send in an application for membership as well as current members who haven’t yet sent in their dues.  Details can be found on the JRCS Website at .  Checks (payable to JRCS) should be mailed out to JRCS at the JRCS PO Box.  Those members working on articles should plan to send them in the next few weeks to our JRCS President and long-time Editor, Brad Karloleff. 


W. David Perkins

Sunday, February 11, 2018

JR Newsletter: 11 February 2018 (382)

We received the following from David Finkelstein:

Linked is an article for the JR Newsletter that identifies and discusses new circumstantial evidence about when 1794 Half Dismes were struck.


Sunday, February 4, 2018

JR Newsletter: 4 February 2018 (381)

David Perkins received a press release from Carl Wolf of the Chicago Coin Club with sad news about the passing of Phil Carrigan:


Philip J. Carrigan (73) passed away January 29, 2018. He joined the Chicago Coin Club May 10, 1989 as member 1013. Phil was a life member of the American Numismatic Association (ANA), served as the Education Chairman at the Chicago 1999 ANA Convention, worked as a volunteer at Chicago’s 2011, 2013-15 ANA Conventions and received the ANA Presidential Award in 2014.

Phil had a deep interest in Barber coinage. In 1989 he became a charter member of the Barber Coin Collectors’ Society, served as President (1994-2015), made many contributions to their journal and received their 2015 Award of Appreciation. He was a charter member of the John Reich Collectors Society and a member of the Numismatic Bibliomania Society where he also served on their Board.
Phil collected Canadian and Maritime decimal coins and tokens, was a life member of the Canadian Numismatic Association and attended most of their annual conventions.

Phil was an avid collector of Canadian and United States numismatic literature, including books, auction catalogues, fixed price lists and related material. He enjoyed reading the history of early collectors as told through the auction of their collections. His library was so large, he frequently wondered if it was too heavy for the second floor of his home. Phil was a recognized figure at most major numismatic literature auctions and recognized as an expert in the field.

A native of Massachusetts, Phil earned an undergraduate pharmacy degree from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy, a master’s degree from Northeastern University and a Ph.D. in pharmacokinetics from the University of Connecticut. He finished graduate studies at University of Buffalo. He joined Abbott Laboratories in 1974 and served for thirty years working in the area of pharmaceutical research and development. In 1985 he was inducted into Abbott’s prestigious Volwiler Society which recognizes their most distinguished scientists and engineers.

Phil is survived by his wife Mary Clare Jakes, daughter Erin Carrigan, son-in-law Jeremy Bell and twin granddaughters Audrey and Elizabeth.

Phil was a dedicated volunteer and advocate in Waukegan and Lake County, Illinois. He was elected as a Trustee at the College of Lake County and also served as Chairman of the Board. He worked tirelessly with numerous organizations dedicated to helping the homeless, the hungry and visiting prisoners. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Eddie Washington Center, which provides transitional housing for homeless single men in Lake County Illinois.

Carl F. Wolf
Chicago Coin Club
773-771-1311 Cell

Editor’s note:  Members of the JRCS will recall that Phil enjoyed collecting bust coinage too.  Phil and I had many conversations about bust half dimes and bust dimes (and our New England roots).  In fact, Phil had a nearly-complete collection of Capped Bust Half Dimes.  I remember Phil’s excitement in obtaining his 91st (out of 92 known) Capped Bust Half Dime die marriage at the ANA show in Chicago.  He had been searching a long time for an 1833 LM-5 and became the proud owner of a PCGS G-6 at that show. 

Richard Meaney

David Finkelstein sent the following request:

WANTED: Cull, damaged, and/or Poor-Fair 1795 Half Dollars.  Christopher Pilliod (metallurgist, numismatist, numismatic researcher, numismatic author, and President of the Flying Eagle and Indian Cent Club) and I are performing state of the art analysis and research of United States silver coins.  Currently, we want to purchase five 1795 Half Dollars.  The coins do not have to be round.  The coins can be holed, severely damaged, or in a basal state.  We are not looking for quality.  We are looking for “cheap”.  The uglier and cheaper, the better.  All that is required is enough detail to confirm that the coin is a Flowing Hair Half Dollar.  Please contact David Finkelstein at dfinkelstein(at) with the number of coins available and the price.  Your name will be mentioned in our articles and presentations.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

JR Newsletter: 28 January 2018 (380)

Louis Scuderi provided this week's JR Newsletter content:

An interesting triple struck 1837 Half Dollar

Thought I would document an interesting find for the enjoyment of the JR Newsletter readers (I will write this up in more detail later for the JRJ). Late last year while checking half dollars on eBay I noticed an odd looking 1837 reeded edge half dollar with an obverse that looked much like the double-profile bust half dollars of earlier decades, though exhibiting a significantly greater offset than the typical double-profile coins (Figure 1).

Assuming this was a very wide double profile coin I was expecting, much like most of the lettered edge double-profile coins, a reverse that was not doubled. However, when I checked the reverse image there was a clear and widely offset eagle’s head (Figure 2). Since the coin was a Buy It Now it was a no-brainer purchase.

A few days later the coin arrived and I could examine it in greater detail. Upon closer inspection the coin was not just double-struck, but actually triple-struck with an impression of the folds of the cap on the rim above the cap that was likely from an initial ~10% off center strike (Figure 3). This is the only evidence of the third strike that remains. The other two strikes were properly centered but rotated by about 6-8 degrees. This shows clearly in the shield (Figure 4) which shows both rotated and offset pales and guiles.

Neat coin. Enjoy the images. But someone explain how a major dealer could have missed this?


P.S. The variety appears to be GR8

 Figure 1

 Figure 2

Figure 3 

Figure 4

Sunday, January 21, 2018

JR Newsletter: 21 January 2018 (379)

Mirek Kiec wrote and asked if anyone recorded or took a video of the presentations by Jeff Friedman or Tim Osborne at the recent JRCS meeting held at the FUN Show...or maybe the presenters could be persuaded to write about their presentations for the John Reich Journal?

David Kahn wrote:

At the recent FUN show, we debuted the Second printing of Dick Graham's highly acclaimed, wonderfully useful and incredibly well written book on the Reeded Edge Bust half dollar series.  Only 100 copies were printed, and we sold quite a few at the show, then filled several additional pre-orders upon our return to the office.  

They are now available on our website here  Get your copy while they last!  While you're looking at books, you might want to consider ordering a copy of the Second edition of Contemporary Counterfeit Bust Halves and/or the Second edition of David Schenkman's Civil War Sutler Tokes, both of which are virtually sold out, with no more to be had.  Although we are currently out of Tompkins' Early half dollars, more of those are on the way, so feel free to order.  Remember, buy the book before the coin!

Sunday, January 14, 2018

JR Newsletter: 14 January 2018 (378)

Timothy Mahr wrote about last week’s JR Newsletter “headline coin”

I thought that the 1827 50C at the top of this newsletter looked great, then it started to actually look familiar, and then I realized that this is the coin I just won in Sheridan's MB No. 46!  I never thought that a coin from my humble collection might ever make it onto the JR Newsletter page.  What fun!  Well, it won't be my coin for a few more days... even still, what a nice surprise!

Tim Mahr - BHNC #198

Rich Uhrich wrote with a note about his upcoming retirement:

I have decided to retire effective February 11, 2018.  I love the people involved in coins, including my clients, my table assistants, and other dealers.  I will continue to be a collector, and I expect to visit some of the major shows such as FUN, Baltimore, and Summer ANA, but only for a couple days at a time.   My last show as a coin dealer will be February 10 in Sebring, FL.  For those of you who have coins on consignment with me, I will be emailing you a list of those coins, so that I can return those coins to you.

I want to thank all of my clients over the past twelve years, my table assistants, my mentors, dealers with whom I have done business, and most importantly, my wife Karen.  I wish all of you the best in the future!


Editor's Note:  Rich didn't mention it in his email, but when I went to his web site I saw that he is having a sale.  You might want to check it out.  Rich Uhrich Rare US Coins

David Finkelstein wrote: 

New information has been discovered about Coin Delivery Warrants.  Here is an article for JR Newsletter readers.