Sunday, May 1, 2016

JR Newsletter: 1 May 2016 (291)

We have two brief contributions this week.

Jeff Reichenberger wrote:

Terrific issue of the JR Journal, Volume 26 - No.1, Loved it cover to cover! Congrats authors and editor!

-Jeff Reichenberger #1304


We also have a link for obituary and funeral information for Kirk Gorman:

Sunday, April 24, 2016

JR Newsletter: 24 April 2016 (290)

From Sophie Aurelia Mears, wife of Kirk Gorman:

It is with great sadness that we must inform you all that Kirk Gorman departed this life on April 18. He fought brain cancer like a beast for 10 long months. His passing was peaceful, surrounded by loved ones, and in the end that was the best we could hope for. Thank you for all the prayers, good wishes and flowers. I am so proud to have been his wife, and in daily awe of our son Hank and Kirk's incredible daughters Sara and Alex. He is survived by his wife Sophie Aurelia Mears, his two daughters Sara and Alex, and his son Henry. We would like to extend our thanks for all your love and support during his illness. Information on his service will follow.

 -Sophie Aurelia Mears


Winston Zack added:

I felt it was most appropriate to have Kirk's wife, Sophie, send the numismatic community a message about Kirk's passing. I know I will miss Kirk. I have wonderful memories of him, and was happy to call him a great friend. I would appreciate collecting stories from the JR Newsletter and JRCS community, along with any photos of Kirk that you may have and wish to share. I plan to give these memories to Kirk's family to show them how much we will miss our great friend during his service, to be held this coming Saturday April 30 (time and location TBD). Please send your stories/memories/photos to my email: stoneman101(at)



Other topics for the week:

Brad Karoleff wrote:

The latest issue of the JRJ (26/1) went to the printer on the 19th and, hopefully, many went out in the mail yesterday.  Members should begin receiving their issues early this week.  If you do not receive your copy in 10 days please contact me at bkaroleff(at) and I will send another.

The summer issue must go out before the ANA in August.  We have a wonderful article promised to us for the issue, but still need to fill over half the pages.  If you have anything in the works that can be ready for publication in July please send it to me ASAP for formatting.

The next census will be for the bust quarters.  It will appear in the Winter issue of the journal.  So, quarter collectors get your census ready and watch the next journal for instructions on how to send it to Dr. Peterson.  You might even want to purchase a few new coins at the ANA for inclusion!

Please remember that you can nominate members for our Hall of Fame by contacting Richard Meaney.  There are two categories, veteran - before the advent of JRCS, and modern - members of the club.  Send your nominations today and the new inductee(s) will be announced at the ANA convention.

Thanks to all who have submitted articles for publication and helped with the management of the club.  Through your efforts the membership of JRCS will continue to enjoy the "hobby of kings."

Brad Karoleff

David Perkins wrote:

I will have Table 910 at the Central States Numismatic Society (CSNS) Convention in Chicago this coming week, and will be there Wednesday through mid-afternoon on Saturday.

I will have most but not all of the early silver and other coins posted on my website.  All of the remaining Miller Early Dollars 1794-1803 will be there.  In addition, I will have some new consignments with some rarities that are not photographed or posted to my website yet.  Website will be officially launched shortly after CSNS, but is basically live now at

For those JR News readers and JRCS members, I have a new consignment of Draped and Capped Bust Quarters and other early silver.  I am setting up a new early quarter distribution list, like the lists I have for early half dimes and dimes.  If you would like your name and e-mail added to this early quarter list, please send a note to me at wdperki(at)  and I will add you to the list.  

 Those on my early dime list received a note a few days ago offering an 1834 JR-6 Capped Bust Dime with three retained cuds on the reverse.  It was sold within the hour, with a second order the following morning.  What was neat is that I received a few notes with photos of examples of this die marriage and die state from a few JRCS members.  It is a popular LDS dime, for sure!  A photo is below for those who were not on this distribution list and who like late die states and cuds.

Hope to see you in Chicago.  Thanks.

W. David Perkins
Centennial, CO

Sunday, April 17, 2016

JR Newsletter: 17 April 2016 (289)

We have two contributions this week.

David Finkelstein provided us with an original article, "The 1794 Congressional Committee Appointed To Examine The Mint – Part 1."  By clicking the following link, you will be able to read this excellent account:


David Perkins wrote with the following information for current, past, and prospective members of the John Reich Collectors Society.

The next issue of the John Reich Journal is close to being published and mailed.  This will be the first of three issues of Volume 26. 
JRCS dues are paid by Volume, not calendar year, thus if you have not sent in your dues check please do this as soon as possible.  New members are also encouraged to send in your membership application and check.  You will receive all three issues of Volume 26. 
If anyone has an address change for JRCS please e-mail the information directly to me at wdperki(at)
Our annual meeting will be held at the 2016 ANA World’s Fair of Money in Anaheim in August.  We hope to see you there!
W. David Perkins, Treasurer

Editor's Note:  The web page for JRCS membership information is here:

Sunday, April 10, 2016

JR Newsletter: 10 April 2016 (288)

We have two contributions this week.  First, Tom Little wrote:

Does anyone have a link to the JRCS Baltimore show meeting on the 1815 and 1825 L and E quarter discussion?


Also, David Perkins shared his experience from the Early American Coppers convention:

2016 EAC Convention Silver Happenings

A number of JRCS members are still at the 2016 EAC Convention in Charlotte.  It has been a fun show, with members of JRCS, EAC, and C4 (Colonials) all getting together for 4-5 days talking and sharing information on early U.S. Coinage, buying and selling coins, attending educational talks, etc.  This is a large gathering of knowledgeable collectors, dealers, and Numismatists.

Thursday night was what EAC calls the “Happenings” event.  There were four meeting rooms, with one each for Colonials, Half Cents, Large Cents, and Silver coins.

Nathan Markowitz led the Silver Happenings.  Prior to the Convention, the 1798 B-11, BB-111 Dollar was chosen for the event, along with the 1819 B-4 Quarter.

There were four examples of the 1798 B-11, BB-111 Dollar, all struck from different die states.  Three were from the Warren Miller collection that is being sold, with the fourth a very late die state example from my collection (still “raw, and stored in tissue paper in a 2X2 envelope!”) The earliest state present had a bulge in the right obverse field, and the latest die state had a double die break through Liberty to the right stars and rim.

The 1819 B-4 Quarter in the late die state is a favorite coin of mine, despite my first love for the early dollars 1794-1803.  I have an example that I acquired from JRCS member Mike Clark when he upgraded his coin.  It has one of the neatest die breaks I’ve ever seen, this specimen a heavy double die break through the date.

Even lovers of early U.S. Copper were impressed.

The show closes today.  Next year’s show is in historic Philadelphia.

W. David Perkins
Centennial, CO

(Editor's note:  David provided photographs of his 1819 B-4 quarter and a Miller 1798 B-11, BB-111 dollar.  These photos are below.)

Sunday, April 3, 2016

JR Newsletter: 3 April 2016 (287)

David Perkins provided our sole contribution for the week:

JRCS Meeting and the Whitman Baltimore Show

About 17 of us attended the JRCS Regional Meeting at the Whitman Baltimore show last Friday.  The meeting was held in Room 301 of the Baltimore Convention Center on Friday afternoon from 4-5:00pm EST. 
Dr. Glenn Peterson was our host, and a wonderful job he did.  The topic he selected was the 1815 and 1825 ‘E’ and ‘L’ Counterstamped Bust Quarters.  This topic has appeared in the John Reich Journal over the years, and always leads to a lively discussion.  We still don’t know who did this, or why.  This time was no different.  The audience was quite engaged with questions and thoughts on this topic.
Glenn kindly shared four beautiful examples of these two counterstamps.  He also brought along some early quarters with cuds, another popular collecting area for many JRCS members and others.  These were “passed around the audience!”
One highlight for me at the show was viewing the Pogue Draped Bust, Small Eagle Dollars and Gobrecht Dollars at the Stack’s table close by.  Lustre abounded, as did “feathers on the eagle’s breast!” 
I had the Kirk Gorman Capped Bust Dimes on display and available for Lot Viewing, as well as almost 100 early dollars 1794-1803 from the Warren Miller Collection for sale.  A number of these found new homes, including a very original and attractive 1797 B-2, BB-72 9X7 Stars, Small Eagle Dollar in PCGS AU50, easily one of the five finest known examples of this important Type and die marriage.  The Gorman Dimes will be sold around the ANA Convention this August, and are available for viewing on my website at
Capped Bust Half Dimes, Dimes, and Half Dollars also sold well at this show.
The Baltimore show was an excellent one for me and for a number of other collectors and dealers that I talked with.  If you’ve never been to this show, it is held three times a year and I strongly recommend you attend it sometime.  The November and March-April shows are the two best to attend. 
W. David Perkins

Sunday, March 27, 2016

JR Newsletter: 27 March 2016 (286)

Our first contribution this week comes from David Sunshine.  David is sharing a YouTube link to a presentation given by JRCS member Garrett Ziss, "A Numismatic Marriage: Capped Bust Images on Currency, a Wilmington Coin Club Presentation"

"I just saw this on the PCGS forum and I think it should go in the newsletter on Sunday"

A number of collectors shared and discussed Garrett's presentation on the PCGS forum, linked here:

David Sunshine

Nathan Markowitz sent information about the upcoming EAC Convention:

Final reminder to bring your silver to Charlotte

Dollar:  1798 B-11
Quarter:  1819 B-4
Bust silver counterstamps

No suggestions for half dollar, dime, or half dime varieties

Scheduled for Thursday evening April 7 at Charlotte's a fun time if you've never attended one

Nathan Markowitz

From David Perkins:

W. David Perkins Numismatics - Upcoming Shows and New Website 

W. David Perkins Numismatics will have Table #818, a corner and regular table, in conjunction with Gerry Fortin Rare Coins at the Whitman Baltimore Show Wednesday March 30 – Saturday early afternoon April 2, 2016.  We both will have six cases of mostly rare early silver coins for viewing and purchase!  Our table is located roughly in between Heritage, Stacks and Whitman.  

Dave Perkins will also have a table at the 2016 EAC Convention in Charlotte the following week for those who will be attending this EAC Convention.  I will be participating in the Silver Happenings Event at EAC, with a Late Die State 1819 B-4 Quarter from my collection and three 1795 B-11 Dollars, all in dramatically different die states or stages.  The EAC Happenings Event is a great opportunity to view and compare many examples of the same die marriages at one time!  

We will have two cases of early United States Silver Dollars 1794-1803, with over 100 early dollars for sale from the Warren Miller Collection along with my regular inventory of early dollars.  In addition, I will have all of the remaining Capped Bust Dimes (68 coins) from the Kirk Gorman Reference Collection Sale for Lot Viewing and study.  These will be offered for sale at Fixed Prices and via a Sealed Bid Auction Sale in Part II of my Gorman Sale, to take place around the ANA in Anaheim this coming August.  The quality and completeness of this collection is amazing.  Part I set many new record prices for Capped Bust Dimes.  I will have other early silver from Flowing Hair through Seated, including the always popular early and Capped Bust Half Dollars.  I also have a new consignment of Bust Half Dimes along with a few dimes.  For those who have varied interests, I also have some rare Half Cents from a “40 Plus Year Collection.”  

I’m hoping to have my new website “officially” live by the end of April 2016.  It is “up and running” now, and can be viewed at  Most of my inventory is now posted on the website.  The new e-mail address for communications is NOT LIVE yet, so to contact me use wdperki(at), or my cell phone at 303-902-5366.  If you should want to order any coins, the Shopping Cart function is working and will put the coin “On Hold” until we talk and payment has been made.  

 All of the 68 remaining Gorman Capped Bust Dimes are listed on my new website, with photos but no detailed descriptions (yet).  About half of the remaining Miller Silver Dollars are posted; I hope to get them all posted before Baltimore.  I will send a list of the remaining Miller early silver dollars with our asking prices to you upon request (simply send an e-mail requesting this to me).  

I have a separate distribution list for the Gorman Dime Sale.  If you would like to be added to this list simply send me an e-mail to wdperki(at) with your name and e-mail address, and asked to be added to the list. 
 Hope to see you in Baltimore and/or Charlotte!  Thanks.

 W. David Perkins

Jim Matthews wrote:

I'll be setting up at the Baltimore show this week at the table with Tom Reynolds. I have recently purchased some really tough die pairings and have most of them certified by PCGS. If you need any of the rare Capped Bust dime varieties, offerings of 1821 JR-2, 1827 JR-2 and 1833 JR-3 will be available. Also I have a few tougher Capped Bust half dollars including an 1827 O-124a in PCGS XF45 and 1827 O-144 in PCGS VF30. Come on by and stop by for a chat.

Jim Matthews

Sunday, March 20, 2016

JR Newsletter: 20 March 2016 (285)

We have an original article by David Finkelstein and two additional contributions that are of special importance to those people who are planning on attending the Baltimore Spring Expo. 

First, David Finkelstein's article.

David wrote, "The First Depositors of Silver & Gold – Part 3."  You may access David's work by clicking the following link:


Next, from Garrett Ziss:

Since the Baltimore Whitman Expo is coming up soon, I’m writing to let JRCS members know about an interesting numismatic display only a short drive from the convention center, at the Maryland Historical Society.  The exhibit, Treasures Unearthed from Baltimore’s Washington Monument, includes the contents of 2 time capsules that were discovered during the renovation of a George Washington memorial, located just a few blocks from the museum.  The older capsule, from 1815, includes 10 Early U.S. coins (3 gold coins, 5 silver coins, and 2 copper coins). 

After the Baltimore Whitman Expo last November, I visited the Maryland Historical Society and really enjoyed this exhibit.  I took numerous photographs of the obverse of the coins from the time capsule.  However, as a JRCS (and EAC) member, I was disappointed that the coins they displayed were not attributed.  With approval from the JRCS officers, I wrote a letter to the museum asking whether it would be possible to obtain reverse images of the coins in order to attribute their die marriages. 

Alexandra Deutsch, the Chief Curator, responded to my letter.  She reported that they currently do not have reverse images of the coins, but she generously offered to have them photographed and sent to me when the exhibit concludes.  Once I obtain these images, I will attribute the coins, have the die marriages confirmed by other JRCS/EAC members, and then send this information to the Maryland Historical Society.  The results will be presented in the John Reich Journal and/or a Baltimore JRCS meeting (although probably not until late 2016 or 2017). 

            The Maryland Historical Society also has the oldest known surviving manuscript of  “The Star-Spangled Banner,” one of only three surviving Revolutionary War officer's uniforms in America, and the world’s largest collection of paintings by members of the Peale family.  Their website is  The website does not contain information on Treasures Unearthed from Baltimore’s Washington Monument.  However, Ms. Deutsch assured me last week that this exhibit will be on display for several months.  I hope many of you will be able to take a break from the bourse floor and visit this impressive museum.


Next, Glenn Peterson wrote with an important opportunity for JRCS members and other interested collectors who plan to attend the Baltimore Spring Expo:


Hi JRCS members.  We will have a regional meeting of the John Reich Collector's Society at the Baltimore Whitman Coin show on April 1st at 4:00 pm. Brad Karoleff asked me to chair the meeting and give a program. I thought an interesting program would be a presentation and discussion of the "E" and "L" quarters of 1815 and 1825. Much has been written about the possible origins of these counterstamped quarters and the subject should provoke lively discussion.

Also at the meeting I will discuss CUDS on Bust Quarters and show several examples of the 1825 cuds. I would like to encourage members to bring their examples of CUDS on Bust Quarters and "E" and "L" quarters to the meeting to stimulate discussion.

I have just sent my dimes and quarters to PCGS for encapsulation and may bring a few bust dimes with CUDS as well. I hope to see many of you in Baltimore.

Glenn Peterson MD

Editor's Note:  Dr. Peterson provided his certification numbers to me so that I could show photographs of his "E" and "L" quarters and a couple of his quarters with cuds.  The photos are shown below.  If you wish to view larger versions of these coins (and can't make it to the Baltimore Spring Expo to view them in person), just use the certification number shown in the images to access photos via the PCGS certification number verification page: