Sunday, September 17, 2017

JR Newsletter: 17 September 2017 (361)

Brad Karoleff wrote:

It is getting to be that time again. The fall issue of the John Reich Journal is rapidly approaching. I have very little information to be published. If anyone can help with a submission please let me know. 

Brad Karoleff

Sunday, September 10, 2017

JR Newsletter: 10 September 2017 (360)

We received no contributions for this week's newsletter.

Monday, September 4, 2017

JR Newsletter: 4 September 2017 (359)

David Finkelstein wrote:

The below link is to an article that I coauthored with Joel J. Orosz and Leonard Augsburger (coauthors of “The Secret History of the First U. S. Mint” and “1792: Birth of a Nation’s Coinage”).  The article is titled “Who Deposited The Silver For The 1794 Dollars?”.  A modified version of this article appears in the September 2017 edition of The Numismatist titled, “The Director’s Deposits.”

We now know that 1) Director of the Mint David Rittenhouse deposited the silver for the 1794 Dollars, 2) David Rittenhouse received 1,758 1794 Dollars on October 15, 1794, and 3) a 1794 Dollar was forwarded to President George Washington from Secretary of State Edmund Randolph (via David Rittenhouse) on October 16, 1794.


Sunday, August 27, 2017

JR Newsletter: 27 August 2017 (358)

We received no contributions for this week's JR Newsletter.  Next week's JR Newsletter will be published on Monday, September 4 instead of on Sunday.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

JR Newsletter: 20 August 2017 (357)

Richard Meaney wrote:

I wanted to thank those who brought their 1829 LM-16 half dimes to the ANA so that we could study them.  Mirek Kiec and I were able to examine these half dimes in an effort to determine a "definitive" way to differentiate between the 1829 LM-16.1 and LM-16.2.  One or two more coins were promised to us (via USPS) also.  Once we have seen the additional coins, we do intend to write an article for the JR Journal.

Collectors who were unable to attend the JRCS membership meeting at the ANA show also missed out on the educational presentation.  Jim Matthews and Barry Sunshine spoke about collecting Capped Bust Dimes.  I believe the audience numbered over fifty attendees, although you can't tell that much from my inferior photography skills:

Sunday, August 13, 2017

JR Newsletter: 13 August 2017 (356)

Garrett Ziss wrote:

I was thrilled to be able to attend the World’s Fair of Money (WFOM) last week in Denver. One highlight of the convention was seeing so many JRCS members that I have not seen since the 2015 WFOM in Chicago, as well as meeting several JRCS members for the first time. No offense to any of you, but the JRCS member I was the most excited to meet is the gentleman pictured below, Mr. John McCloskey. It was an honor to meet a founding member of our club (and the LSCC) and one of the authors of the Early U.S half dime and dime books.

Other convention highlights for me, in no special order, were: spending time with Dr. Peterson to view images and discuss the die states of the 1820 O-106 Capped Bust half dollar, participating in the 1830 die state study at the BHNC meeting, as well as hearing Dr. Link’s excellent presentation earlier in the meeting. He reminded us that our collections represent special personal connections and are not just inanimate objects. Another talk I enjoyed at the WFOM, was hearing Wayne Homren discuss the process of how he manages to put together a beefy issue of the E-Sylum every single week (I’ve wondered about that for a while). 

Of course, I was also happy to pick up a few items at the convention.  I hadn’t bought a Bust half in 8 months, so I was excited to end this drought in Denver by purchasing 4 nice Capped Bust half dollars.  At the NBS auction, I also added to my numismatic literature collection, and obtained a Chapman catalog from the 1895 Richard Winsor auction and a Green reprint of Early Coins of America, by Crosby. The last item I purchased before leaving Denver on Friday, was a collection of B. Max Mehl promotional items in their original envelope. After doing a bit of research, I concluded that the envelope was mailed in 1926. I also discovered that one of the items in the envelope, the Star Coin Book (second edition), was probably not sent to the customer at that time. The book is not dated, but according to info I found on the Newman Numismatic Portal, the book was likely published in 1908. None of the items from Mr. Mehl’s envelope are in pristine condition, but it is definitely interesting to see how coin dealers marketed their numismatic items before the existence of the internet. In fact, in a previous Penny-Wise article, it mentioned that at one time, half of the mail entering Fort Worth, TX was for B. Max Mehl!

To conclude, I have two general comments. First, I would like to congratulate Winston Zack, Louis Scuderi and Mike Sherrill, for winning (in a tie) the Best Specialized Book award in the 2017 Numismatic Literary Guild Writers Competition for their book, Bust Dime Variety Identification Guide.  Secondly, I would like to thank the JRCS members who took time out of their busy schedules to attend my ANA Money Talks presentation on Thursday morning at the WFOM.  The audience was larger than I expected, although it certainly didn’t hurt to have expert numismatic researcher, David Finkelstein, speak before me! 

I hope to see many JRCS members next August, when the WFOM travels to my home state of Pennsylvania!!

Garrett Ziss
JRCS #1465


 Mark Borckardt and Mark Van Winkle submitted the following:

Jon P. Amato, Ph.D. (1940-2017)

Jon P. Amato was born in New York in 1940 and studied in the United States and Canada, earning his bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University, his master’s degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and his doctorate degree in economic geography from the University of Toronto.

He served for 20 years as a professor in the departments of Geography and Planning at Buffalo State College and the State University of New York at Albany. His professional publications included works on environmental analysis, agricultural location theory, and regional land use planning. He worked for 12 years as a professional economic developer for the states of Arizona and New York. He provided technical assistance to rural Arizona communities, and assisted several New York communities in their efforts toward economic revitalization.

A long-time coin collector who joined the American Numismatic Association in 1981, Amato joined the numismatic cataloging staff of Heritage Auctions after he retired from his position with the State of New York. He returned to his long-time home in Albany, New York in 2010, and continued as a part-time Heritage cataloger, working on nearly every catalog for the past seven years. He recently began researching 1796 quarters with plans to publish a background and census of that issue. The Heritage cataloging staff plans to continue that research project in his memory.

His numismatic works include:
“An Analysis of 1796-97 Draped Bust Half Dollars,” The Numismatist, September 2001.

“Surviving 1796-97 Draped Bust Half Dollars and Their Grade Distribution,” John Reich Journal, February 2005.

The Coinage of Augustus Saint-Gaudens as Illustrated by the Philip H. Morse Collection, with James L. Halperin, Mark Van Winkle, and Gregory Rohan (Numismatic Literary Guild Extraordinary Merit Award, August 2007).

“Jules Reiver’s 1796-97 Draped Bust Half Dollar Varieties,” John Reich Journal, April 2007.

“The Bayside New York Collection of 1796-1797 Half Dollar Varieties,” John Reich Journal, November 2008.

“Breakup of the 1796-97 Half Dollar Reverse A,” John Reich Journal, May 2012.

“American Indian Treaty Payments,” The Numismatist, November 2010 (Numismatic Literary Guild Large Club Publications Best Article Award, August 2011).

The Draped Bust Half Dollars of 1796-1797: Numismatic Background and Census, James L. Halperin and Mark Van Winkle, editors, 2012 (Numismatic Literary Guild Extraordinary Merit Award, August 2013).

Numismatic Background and Census of 1802 Half Dimes: A Classic American Rarity, 2017 (Numismatic Literary Guild Extraordinary Merit Award, August 2017).

In addition to the ANA, Amato held memberships in the American Numismatic Society, the Central States Numismatic Society, the John Reich Collectors Society, the Liberty Seated Collectors Club, and the Numismatic Bibliomania Society. 

Sunday, August 6, 2017

JR Newsletter: 6 August 2017 (355)

Welcome to the first post-ANA Denver edition of the JR Newsletter!  Hopefully we receive a few reports over the next week or two from those who attended the ANA Show.

Brad Karoleff wrote:

You should now have or soon receive the latest issue of the John Reich Journal!  Unfortunately it was delayed due to mechanical difficulties at the printer. Their machine broke down and put everything behind schedule. Fortunately we were able to prepare the envelopes with mailing labels and postage prior to receiving the shipment. The journals were quickly stuffed into the envelopes upon delivery and went out in the mail later that day.  If anyone does not receive their copy in the next week or so please send me an email and I will send another as soon as I get home from the ANA and a short vacation.

This issue is a little larger than average and contains some wonderful articles. I hope each of you enjoys the issue as much as I have in bringing it to you.

I do need some content for the fall issue. Please consider writing something for inclusion in the next issue.

Brad Karoleff

Richard Meaney wrote:

Even though I participated in David Perkins' auction of capped bust half dimes, a highlight in itself, THE BEST MOMENT of the ANA for me was a one-on-one interaction with fellow half dime collector Jim Carey.  For years, Jim has been collecting coins with cuds, especially capped bust half dimes.  I don't know how many times I have told Jim about a cud available on the bourse floor or up for sale on ebay.  Jim's passion in the hobby is for cuds.  Without going into too much detail (that will likely be saved for a future article in the JR Journal), Jim showed me a raw half dime for my inspection and evaluation.  Here is an image of that coin (photos by Todd Pollock):

Simply stated, this is only the second-known example of the 1835 LM-5.2 half dime with a retained reverse cud!  In-hand inspection revealed that the coin is of a later die state than the previously-unique coin shown in "Federal Half Dimes 1792-1837."  As much as it was great to see such a rarity in hand, the "best moment" of the show for me was not seeing the coin.  Instead, I got my greatest thrill with Jim's reaction when I verified for him that he indeed had a significant rarity in his collection.  Jim was thrilled to learn that his coin was an amazing find.  Jim and I promised one another that we would work on an article for the JR Journal in which we would document more about how and when Jim found the coin and its significance to the half dime community and to Jim himself.


David Perkins wrote:

 I had a great time at the 2017 ANA World’s Fair of Money in Denver, and with my fellow John Reich Collectors Society (JRCS), ANA members, collectors, and dealers.

One highlight of the ANA for me was John McCloskey showing up at the JRCS meeting on Wednesday morning.  John and Russ Logan were the authors of Federal Half Dimes 1792 – 1837.  John was a also a co-author of Early United States Dimes 1796 – 1837.  At least one lucky JRCS member happened to have his half dime book at the meeting and was able to get John to sign the book and pose for a photo.  John was a long time officer in JRCS and also the Liberty Seated Collectors Club (LSCC). 

John’s appearance may have been little bit of an omen as we had a successful Fixed Price and Sealed Bid sale of rare Capped Bust Half Dimes, with rare die marriages and remarriages, Condition Census Specimens, a fair number Plate Coins from the Logan-McCloskey book, and late die states (cuds!).  This sale was cataloged by Richard Meaney, and he was busy until Friday at 6:00PM at my table showing lots and talking with half dime enthusiasts.  At more than one time there were four or five collectors talking and viewing half dime sale lots at the same time! 

Dr. Glenn Peterson hosted a meeting of the JRCS Bust Quarter Club.  David Lange from NGC was the guest speaker.  The subject of his talk was the newly discovered 1822 B-3 Capped Bust Quarter, a new die marriage of 1822 Obverse I and Reverse T with the “Broken Top Arrowhead.”  I made time to get away from my table to listen to David Lange’s talk.  Unfortunately the Discovery Specimen of this new quarter die marriage was not shown at this meeting, but you can view a photo of it on the copy of the latest issue of the John Reich Journal

Another highlight for me was attending to Chuck Link’s presentation and talk Thursday afternoon at the Bust Half Nut Club General Meeting.  There had to be over 50 people in the room.  Chuck Link’s presentation was titled, “Collecting Liberty Capped Half Dollars and Stories Along the Way, a Journey with Friends.”  Chuck shared a number of stories about the acquisition of rare and choice CB Half Dollars, and those who helped him in his Journey.  I have a pretty nice 1807 “Beard Goddess” half dollar in my collection but Chuck topped this by having three high Condition Census examples in three different die states (photos below)!  Here’s a link to Chuck’s Capped Bust Half Dollar PCGS Registry Set: .  Chuck’s talk was captured on video by the ANA. [I’m not sure how one might go about trying to find and view / listen to this video.]

Chuck Link also shared a slide on his recently acquired copy of the Beistle book on half dollars, a copy formerly owned by one of my favorite research subjects, Col. E.H.R. Green.  The book was inscribed in 1929 to Col. Green from Beistle inside the front cover. 

I unfortunately had to miss David Finkelstein’s presentation, “The 1,758 1794 Silver Dollars: Recently Found Mint Documents Dated 1794 and 1795.”  Fortunately I talked with David earlier in the week and he filled me in on some of his new findings. 

As always, I enjoyed talking with the many collectors and dealers that attended the show.  Collector and Numismatist Jimmy Hayes knows of my interest and research into current and former collectors and collections of early dollars 1794 to 1804, and in particular Frank M. Stirling of Baton Rouge, LA.  At the show Mr. Hayes gave me as a gift an old business card of Stirling’s that I had never seen before.  My friend Jim Matthews pointed out the 1795 Flowing Hair Dollar photo on the card was the obverse of the R-8 1795 B-16 Dollar.  I have seen this coin and it remains with the Stirling family to this day. 

This too may have been an omen as toward the end of the show I was able to place the unique 1795 B-21, BB-28 and the R-7, 1795 B-8, BB-15 Dollars from the Warren Miller Collection with a new early dollar collector.  The 1795 B-8, BB-15 Dollar is the finest known specimen by far and has passed from early dollar collector to early dollar collector over the years, starting with F.C.C. Boyd (1945 World’s Greatest Collection), Adolph Freidman, Milferd H. Bolender (and the Bolender Plate Coin), K. P. Austin, Alfred and Jacque Ostheimer, H. Roland Willasch, Jim Matthews, and Warren Miller.  As Andy Lustig and I purchased the Miller early dollar collection I guess you might say that technically Andy and I have owned the coin (if only for a year or so)!  For more on this coin and the rare 1795 Dollars please see my article, “The Story of Bolender’s 1795 Flowing Hair and Draped Bust Dollars” in the latest issue of the John Reich Journal (Volume 27 / Issue 2) on pages 29-38. 

All in all a great ANA!

W. David Perkins
Centennial, CO