Sunday, October 14, 2018

JR Newsletter: 14 October 2018 (415)

We received no contributions for this week's Newsletter.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

JR Newsletter: 7 October 2018 (414)

David Finkelstein wrote:

David Finkelstein and Christopher Pilliod gave a presentation at the JRCS General Meeting during the ANA World’s Fair of Money in Philadelphia in August.  The presentation was on the first phase of a multi-phase project to determine the chemical composition of 1794 and 1795 US silver coins.  Part 1 of a multi-part article series was published in the September 23, 2018 JR Newsletter.  Here is Part 2:  

Jim Matthews wrote:  

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity and challenge to examine over 200 Capped Bust dimes and half dimes from a group that was purchased by a dealer friend as "culls," coins which are not generally holed and usually have dates but also show either damage or rather extensive wear; as such, these are considered less numismatically desirable than examples with less wear and no damage. This treasure trove of likely unsearched Capped Bust coinage is one I would consider to be an opportunity for enjoyment and a window into the history of our coinage, rather than a scourge of trouble to be avoided. I searched the entire group for a few favorite die varieties and came up with a half dozen coins of interest to me that I purchased for a modest price. I found two examples of the fairly common 1833 JR-4 dime with the reverse die retained cud, condition challenged but identifiable at a glance. Another fun coin in this group that caught my attention was an 1831 JR-5 with a very late, retained or possibly full cud at UNI which would perhaps earn a grade of AG-3 but more likely Fair-2 given the prodigious wear on the surfaces. The cud stood tall and protected the left side of the reverse from the decades of wear and use in circulation, as one might expect, while the right side suffered greatly from extensive wear. The most interesting rarity of the group was a Fair-2 example of the rare 1820 JR-12 variety, which is off to PCGS for confirmation to see if they agree with my leap of faith attribution on such a worn coin. I did not find a much-desired example of either the 1827 JR-10 or JR-14 variety, despite several 1827 dimes included in the group. Some of the coins showed little more than the central shield on the reverse due to wear, the obverse similar with stars worn away--and were thus not attributable to die marriage. Other 1827s with less wear were of more common die pairings. I also purchased a very worn 1824/2 dime as I simply cannot resist that date without problems, even in a Fair-2 grade for the usually seen JR-1 variety of that year. 

One of the most curious though otherwise insignificant coins was a quite worn 1835 dime, which some now forgotten soul inscribed in neat, cursive surface etching in the year 1888 on the obverse as if to shout out the present year is 1888, not 1835! This told me two things. First, this 1835 dime was still in circulation in 1888 and someone thought this unusual enough at the time to inscribe the current year before sending it on its way again into circulation. Oh, the stories that coin could tell from its years of circulation, if only we could listen and see beyond its simple worn designs, with the additional date inscribed some 53 years after its launch into circulation. In the end, I confirmed my belief that the designs and die work of John Reich, launched in 1807 and holding forth in production long after his decade of engraving work at the Philadelphia Mint, continued in the cigar boxes of corner merchant stores throughout our states for many generations. Today's collectors need only to look and examine the worn treasures before them to see their august truths of these coins’ journeys into our current collections.


Finally, a new opportunity from Brad Karoleff:

Here is the latest offering of books from the Russell Logan Library.

Reduced from last month's listing:

Early US Dimes, was $250, now $200.
Bowers on Commemorative half dollars, was $40, now $35.
Pollock on Patterns, was $50, now $40.
Taraszka on Eagles, was $100, now $85.

New listings:

Liberty Seated Collectors Club Collective Volumes 1-4.  A few Coin World articles tipped in by Russ.  Available new from LSCC for $136.  These slightly used volumes are $100 for the group.

Die Varieties of Early US Coins by Robert P. Hilt, II.  A somewhat controversial work by Mr. Hilt listing his theories on the early mint and their products.  Still a valuable source of information.  Remy Bourne bookplate inside front cover from a Kolbe auction, near mint.  $65.00.

Walter Breen's Encyclopedia of US Half Cents 1793-1857.  EAC membership application included- old address!  This book often comes apart as the binding is not up to the weight of the volume.  This is as mint a used copy as you will find.  $75.

Walter Breen's A Coiners Caviar Encyclopedia of US and Colonial Proof Coins 1722-1977.  Another Breen work in nearly mint condition formerly in the Bourne Library with bookplate from the same Kolbe sale.  $75.

The History of US Coinage As Illustrated by the Garrett Collection by Q. David Bowers.  Another nearly Mint book.  $45.

First United States Mint, It's People and Its Operations by Frank Stewart.  This is the hardbound edition from 1924 with maroon cover.  Some small bumps on the corners but still very nice.  $45.

Two books on pattern coins of the US.  Adams/Woodin 1959 reprint and 6th edition Judd.  Both show wear but are very usable.  The pair for $30.

Second edition of Bolender's work on the Bust Dollars.  The back cover was set on something sticky at one time that removed a few SMALL pieces of the binding.  Otherwise, this is a really nice condition book.  $50.

Two FIRST EDITION ERROR copies of The United States Early Silver Dollars by Jules Reiver.  These very scarce first editions are full of errors and the printing was stopped after a portion of the run was completed.  The copies remaining at Krause were destroyed and a second edition with corrections was prepared.  The corrected edition has second printing on the title page.  These are both in excellent condition.  One is autographed by Jules dated 3/3/1999.  
The unautographed copy is $75.  The autographed copy is $100.

Thanks to everyone who purchased from the first group.  

As before, first email to bkaroleff(at) gets the book.  All prices are plus postage.  Please let me know if you want book rate or flat rate priority mailing when providing your shipping address.



Sunday, September 30, 2018

Sunday, September 23, 2018

JR Newsletter: 23 September 2018 (412)

David Finkelstein provided us with a wonderful article for this week’s JR Newsletter.

David Finkelstein and Christopher Pilliod gave a presentation at the JRCS General Meeting during the ANA World’s Fair of Money in Philadelphia in August.  The presentation was on the first phase of a multi-phase project to determine the chemical composition of 1794 and 1795 US silver coins.  Here is part 1 of a multi-part article series.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

JR Newsletter: 16 September 2018 (411)

Jim Koenings wrote:

Last  Call  for First Reeded  Edge   Half Dollar  Census

Jim Koenings is reminding all JRCS Members to send him their Census information for Reeded Edge Half Dollars prior to October 1, 2018.

JRCS Members may request a form to fill out by emailing Jim at bustcoin1(at)

There are 56 known die varieties, of which 18 are rated R-4 (76 to 200 known) or rarer, including two die varieties that are one known of each.  With JRCS Members’ help, we will discover which die varieties are tougher to find than others.  Currently, 31 die marriages are tied for 9th and 10th place in the Preliminary Census for Reeded Edge Halves.  If you own more than 16 die marriages, your census may make the Top 15.

Please email your census to bustcoin1(at)verizon.netor you can mail a hard copy to:

            Jim Koenings
            P.O. Box 2382
            Riverside, CA 92516 

The results should be posted in the December 2018 JR Journal.

Brad Karoleff wrote:

Here are the first installments of the Logan library.

The first response to me at will receive the book at that price plus the cost of either book rate USPS or Priority, your choice.

1.  Bust Half Fever First edition with a "Logan" clear plastic cover.  On the "Notes" page near the end of the book there are numerous autographs of the JRCS annual meeting at the 1995 Anaheim ANA.  Many departed BHNC, JRCS members are present including Elton Dosier, Olie Carter, "Swampy", Dale Heisler, Ivan Leaman, and Ken Lowe from Money Tree.  JRCS HOF members signed include Ed Price, W D Perkins, John McCloskey and Brad Karoleff.  32 autographs total including-

James Stephen George Boggs along with a hand drawn illustration of an 1833 bust half, Boggs 1-A!

Original Boggs artwork is scarce and highly desirable.  $500.

2.  Early US Dimes 1796-1837 by the 5 famous authors.  A near mint copy of the dime attribution book from the "back" of Russ' library.  $250.

3.  The Norweb Collection, An American Legacy by Michael Hodder & Q David Bowers.  This copy is autographed by both authors and is numbered as 34/100 so signed.  A nice hardbound book in near mint condition.  $75.00

4.  United States Ten Dollar Gold Eagles, 1795-1804 by Anthony J. Taraszka.  This is a beautiful hardbound nearly mint condition book.  A limited errata is included inside the back cover.  $100.

5.  The Ultimate Guide to Attributing Bust Half Dollars by Glenn R. Peterson, MD.  This is the spiral bound edition in near mint condition.  This will serve as a wonderful working copy for any collector.  Errata page is tipped in.  $50.

6.  Commemorative Coins of the United States, A Complete Encyclopedia by Q David Bowers. The hardbound edition Autographed to Elizabeth Gray by Bowers.  A near mint copy.  $40.

7.  Abe Kosoff: Dean of Numismatics by Q David Bowers.  The hardbound edition signed by Bowers to Russ.  Near mint condition.  $40.

8.  American Numismatics before the Civil War, 1760-1860.  A hardbound book by Q David Bowers signed on the bookplate stating this is copy #325. Near mint condition $40.

9.  The Rare Silver Dollars Dated 1804 and the Exciting Adventures of Edmund Roberts by Q David Bowers.  The hardbound limited edition signed by Bowers on the bookplate in near mint condition.  A tip in of a Coin World article from Russ.  $40.

10.  United States Patterns and Related Issues by Andrew Pollock, III.  This is the current definitive work on patterns and this hardbound book is in excellent condition.  Russ has tipped in a few notes and articles on items he found of interest.  $50.

That's all for this week.  I will be out of town the end of the month so the next installment will be the second week of October.

Please remember to send some information for publication in the next journal.  

If anyone needs eyes on coins from the upcoming Legend auction in Las Vegas, I will be there.  Drop me a line.

Brad Karoleff

Please find attached a press release regarding Legend’s 28th Regency Auction, being held on September 26 and 27 in Las Vegas as the official Auction of the PCGS Member’s Show. An impressive sale is anchored by the Konstantine, Sommelier, and Hallett Collections. A list of highlights is presented in the release.

For numismatic information, please contact Greg Cohen, senior numismatist at greg(at) For images, please contact Patrick Braswell at Patrick@(at)

Thank you for your consideration.

Best regards,

Greg Cohen
Senior Numismatist
Legend Rare Coin Auctions

Sunday, September 9, 2018

JR Newsletter: 9 September 2018 (410)

Bob Feldman wrote with a question about 1827 bust dime emission order:

Topic: 1827 Dime emission order

I read on the internet that the 1827 JR14 Dime was struck after the JR1 and before the JR2. I have in my collection an 1827 JR1 Dime PCGS XF40 late die state that has a light die bulge connecting stars 1, 2 and 3 visible when tilted back and forth under light. It has the later state recutting of the digit 7. On my 1827 JR14 PCGS VG8 I can not find any die sign of a die bulge connecting the stars. This tells me the JR14 (2 known) was the first Dime pairing struck in 1827. 

Does anyone have any additional info on this?

Bob Feldman

Brad Karoleff wrote:

The fall issue of the John Reich Journal is beginning to show some life with a couple submissions. We do need additional articles to fill it out in time for a November publication. Please send something for inclusion. 

I also recently picked up a group of books from the Russell Logan library. Brenda was doing some house cleaning and has decided they need to find a new library for their home. 

We have decided to give JRCS members the first opportunity to purchase them. I will be listing a few each Sunday in the newsletter beginning next week for your consideration. There will be no “private” sales, all will be listed here. First response in my inbox will purchase the lot. Postage will be additional with buyers choice of USPS book rate or priority mail flat rate box. 

I have glanced at the contents and there are many basic die marriage manuals covering both copper and silver issues, auction catalogs from important silver sales including some deluxe editions and other titles of interest for the advanced collector. 

If a lot does not sell I will relist it later at a discount. 

This will be a unique opportunity to purchase a book for your collection from the library of one of our founders and a JRCS Hall of Fame member. 

Brad Karoleff

Sunday, September 2, 2018

JR Newsletter: 2 September 2018 (409)

Our first contribution today includes some reminiscencing from Gawain O’Connor:

 Hi Richard,

I found your note from 2005, when I signed up for the newsletter:

>You are now on the list. Thank you.  I include the first issue which went out Sunday below.
 >I also collect 1795 halves by variety.  I lack O-101, O-118 (if it exists at all), O-123 and O-132. It's nice to meet a kindred spirit.

I see that a O-132 is coming up for auction. I'm already outbid, but thought you might like my notes on the other one -

It turns out it has been seen since 1929.

1795 O-132 (T-27) Beistle 10-C.  Beistle describes this as “Exceedingly rare; the only one I have seen and believe it to be unique.” James Matthews wrote an excellent summary when the second example was discovered in July 2000. In his article, Mr. Matthews makes the case that the coin pictured in Beistles’s book is actually from the collection of Colonel Green. He assumed it could be in Eric P. Newman’s collection after that. But it did not show up in the sale of his collection. Steve Tompkins’ book provides a clue to what happened to the original coin. The B. G. Johnson (St. Louis Stamp & Coin Co.) invoice to F. C. C. Boyd 1942 ($32.50) shows who purchased it.

Checking the Newman Numismatic Portal for the F.C.C. Boyd sale - It appeared again in the Numismatic Gallery (Abe Kosoff) Sale No. 31, April 14, 1945 as lot 43 with a very terse lot description and an estimate of $25 – the price realized was only $15.

Does anyone know who bought it? I see W. David Perkins has some of the bust dollar information from this sale...



Rich Uhrich followed up his contribution from last week with additional information:

 In addition to the Bust Halves I posted last week, I also have three Bust Quarters in Heritage's Long Beach auction, as follows:

Lot 3550 is an 1825/4/(2) with the "E" counterstamp in NGC AU-50.  As many of you know, the 1825 "E" is by far the rarest of the four 1815 and 1825 "L" and "E" counterstamps. It is a nice coin but not as nice as the ones shown at the Bust Quarter Collectors Society meeting at ANA.

(The headline coin for this week’s JR Newsletter is this “E” Quarter!)

Lot 7274 is an 1806 B-7 in PCGS Genuine.  It has VF details but that is not on the holder.  I owned the coin quite a while and have yet to determine why it is in a Genuine holder, as I can't see anything wrong with it.

Lot 7276 is an 1831 B-3 which is an R5 variety.  It is a PCGS AU-53 with slight prooflike surface.

Thank you,