Sunday, July 27, 2014

JR Newsletter: 27 July 2014 (199)

We have one contribution this week.  David Perkins wrote to tell us about a fixed-price sale and a sealed bid auction for early half dimes that he is holding now through the upcoming ANA show:

I will have table #835 at the 2014 ANA Convention in Rosemont, IL.  I am sharing a corner table with Gerry Fortin, who many of you know specializes in Seated Dimes and Quarters as well as other Seated and Bust coinage.

 Most of you who collect the early Draped and Capped Bust half dimes are well aware of Part II of the Extraordinary Half Dime Sale underway now, with a large number of fixed prices lots as well as a special 19 Lot Sealed Bid Auction sale that closes 6PM Friday night, August 8, 2014.  In this sale are early half dime rarities, rare and late die states and cuds, coins from the Reiver and Logan Collections, as well as relatively common marriages in VG through MS65.  The coins offered in this sale are from three different JRCS collections.  Any JR Newsletter reader is welcome to view and study the lots.  Please contact me if you would like a copy of the fixed price list lots and the Sealed Bid Sale lots, or if you have any questions.  One highlight of the Sealed Bid Sale is an 1800 LM-2 half dime in a unique, late die state – the cover coin on Volume 24 of the John Reich Journal.  Many of you have viewed and studied this coin at my table over the last year.  It is a great coin.

 As always, I will have a nice selection of better Bust and Seated coinage, from half dimes to Dollars, including a new example (per Lou Scuderi) of the rare 1829 JR-10 Curl Base 2 Dime in PCGS VG08 CAC,  an attractively toned 1822 Quarter in PCGS VF30, numerous early Flowing Hair, Draped Bust,  Small Eagle and Draped Bust, Heraldic Eagle dollars including fresh example of the 1797 B-3, BB-71 Dollar in PCGS AU53 and a 1799 8X5 Stars Dollar in PCGS AU53.  Capped Bust Half Dollar collectors will enjoy a newly acquired and nicely toned small group of Capped Bust Half Dollars and Seated Dollars recently purchased in Europe.

I will have a few extra copies of a two part article I co-authored for the Coin Dealer Newsletter (Greysheet) with Mark Ferguson on the early U.S. Silver Dollars 1794-1804 if anyone would like to see it.

See you in Chicago! 


W. David Perkins, Numismatist
Centennial, CO

Sunday, July 20, 2014

JR Newsletter: 20 July 2014 (198)

Brad Karoleff wrote with some good news for members of the John Reich Collectors Society:

The latest issue of the John Reich Journal was mailed on Saturday, July 19.  Members should receive it this week. Anyone not receiving their journal after 10 days should notify me via email at bkaroleff(at)

I hope to see many of you at the upcoming ANA show. Remember our annual meeting Wednesday morning (August 6th at 8:00 AM in room 22 of the convention center).


Sunday, July 13, 2014

JR Newsletter: 13 July 2014 (197)

This week, we have contributions from Glenn Peterson and Steve Tompkins.  First, Glenn wrote:

Hi JRCS members,
   I am looking forward to ANA this year in Chicago. I am coordinating several of the meetings so I want to announce these meetings. 
BHNC open meeting (everyone invited to participate) will be on Thursday August 7th at 2:00 pm in room 42. After greeting members and guests we will have a program on double struck bust halves. I will be presenting the study of the double profiles and  have found some interesting facts regarding the double profile halves. Please come and engage in the discussion about how the mint came to produce these interesting coins. After the meeting we will have a die state study of 1827 bust halves part 2 O-125 and above. 
Bust Quarter Collector Society will meet on Wednesday August 6 at 2:00 pm in room 40.
John Reich Collector's Society will have it annual meeting Wednesday morning August 6th at 8:00 AM in room 22 of the convention center.  David Finkelstein will be giving an educational presentation at the JRCS meeting.
     Please come to the annual meetings -- I look forward to visiting with everyone. Friendship in the numismatic community is what I value most in the hobby! 
Glenn Peterson MD 
Editor's Note:  The complete schedule, with subject matter, time, and location, for all of the "official events" at the ANA World's Fair of Money is available online at the following link:
Steve Tompkins wrote with an announcement:
Auction Appearances & Prices Realized
for Early United States Quarters 1796 - 1838

By Steve M. Tompkins


The 5th edition of Auction Appearances & Prices Realized for Early United States Quarters 1796 - 1838 or the AAPR is at the printer! They should be ready just prior to the ANA.

This compilation encompasses over 6000 auction listings and almost 200 pages, from over 10 years of study and research, and up to 20 years of statistical information relating to the individual die marriages found in the Bust Quarter series.

Listed on each page you will find much more than just a list of auction appearance and what that particular coin sold for. You will also find a listing of the grading service and the unique serial number given to each coin when available, as well as die stage information and cataloger comments. All grades from all die marriages of the Bust Quarter series from 1796 to 1838 are included in this list.

Some of the benefits include: Tracking pedigrees and price fluctuations. An updated condition census for each marriage. See rarities of both the whole die marriage and grade rarities within each die marriage. Track the price differences of  NGC & PCGS, as well as the addition of a CAC sticker. All for less than a tank of gas!

$35.00 delivered...

To order, please send payments to:

Steve Tompkins
P.O. Box 844
Peculiar, Mo. 64078

Or feel free to e-mail any questions to: smt115(at)

Editor's Note:  Steve sent along some cover artwork and a sample page from the AAPR and I have provided those below.


Sunday, July 6, 2014

JR Newsletter: 6 July 2014 (196)

David Perkins wrote:

Greg Reynolds authored an article in COINWeek dated July 2, 2014 titled, “Dimes of 1809 – A Key in the Capped Bust Dime Series.”  Here is the link to the article:  Greg writes a weekly column for COINWeek covering, “Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community.”  This is Greg’s 230th article for COINWeek.

At the end of the article there are links to other articles that also may be of interest to JRCS members and readers of the JR Newsletter:

W. David Perkins  
Centennial, CO


Greg Reynolds added to David's recommendation with thoughts and recommendations of his own:

I have written other articles about bust dimes, and many articles relating to bust coins. The list that appears below one of my articles on CoinWeek is generated via a computer program and does not necessarily include articles that I wrote or would recommend. Please consider reading some of the articles listed below this message.


Dimes of 1822

Gem Quality, Norweb Family 1833 Dime

U.S. coins for less than $500 each, Part 2; Dimes

Half Dollars of 1811, with emphasis upon two ‘in the news’!

Bust Half Dollars on Platinum Night

The Magnolia Collection of Early U.S. Gold Coins, late 19th century Patterns, Trade Dollars and more!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

JR Newsletter: 29 June 2014 (195)

Bob Stark is the sole contributor this week.  He wrote about a 1798 B-28  BB-118 Bust Dollar, specifically about its reverse die:

Bowers (2012) lists a Die State I as struck from a "perfect reverse" die.  Subsequent Die States II to VI cite the approximately parallel cracks between the left side of the tail feathers and right side of the eagle's right talon.

Recently, a specimen appeared with what appears to be a single line, just left of the tail feathers, without a clear second line crack. An image is below; however, I haven't seen the coin. This "single line" crack was not anticipated by Bowers or by me ( 1992 JRCS Journal article).

I'll value readers who have a B-28  BB-118 to send me its die state, or better, its image. I'll gladly share new information with responders.

Best wishes and thanks

Sunday, June 22, 2014

JR Newsletter: 22 June 2014 (194)

We have one important announcement from Steve Crain:

Balloting for the 2013 Jules Reiver Literary Award remains open until July 1, 2014. This means you have less than two weeks to record your votes for your favorite three (3) articles that appeared in Volume 23, Issues 1-3 of the John Reich Journal. Please take this opportunity to fill out your official ballot, mailed to you in the last issue of the John Reich Journal, and show your appreciation for the hard work and scholarship provided by these talented authors. Give them the recognition they deserve. Mail your completed ballot to:
Stephen A. Crain – Secretary
John Reich Collectors Society
P. O. Box 1680
Windham, ME 04062
Do it now, while you are thinking of it. The winner will be announced in the next issue of the JR Journal, prior to the Summer ANA.


Sunday, June 15, 2014