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)verizon.net

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.
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Brad Karoleff wrote:

Here are the first installments of the Logan library.

The first response to me at bkaroleff@yahoo.com 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
bkaroleff(at)yahoo.com
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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)legendauctions.com. For images, please contact Patrick Braswell at Patrick@(at)egendauctions.com

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
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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
bkaroleff(at)yahoo.com


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...

Gawain

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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, 
Rich

Sunday, August 26, 2018

JR Newsletter: 26 August 2018 (408)




Steve Herrman wrote:

Congratulations to Garrett and everyone on a great presentation!

The YouTube video has been converted to MP4 format, and is now also available on the JRCS website from the top left menu icon under Resources -> Educational Presentations.


Best,

Steve
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Carmen J Scoppa II wrote:

I have come across an interesting counter stamped coin and I am trying to find out more about it. I am surprised to find such a large denomination coin counter stamped. From what little I have found, I believe it was counter stamped post-Civil War and most likely done near Akron, Ohio. Have you encountered a counter stamp like this in your collecting experience?





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Rich Uhrich wrote:
  
I have consigned some half dollars at the Heritage Long Beach auction, and would like to mention them in the JR Newsletter because they are rare varieties or rare die states.

Lot 3100 is an 1806/5 O-104b which has a four-star break on the obverse and two cuds on the reverse at UN(I)TE(D).  It is an R7 die state and is XF40 PCGS.

Lot 3103 is an 1823 O-113 which is a High R6 in VG8 PCGS.

Lot 3646 is an 1805 O-104a which has a four-star break on the obverse and it is a High R6 die state and is F15 PCGS.

Lot 3651 is an 1806/inverted 6 O-111'b' which has two cuds on the reverse at UN(IT)E(D) and it is an R7 die state and VF20 PCGS.

Lot 7354 is an 1805 O-112'a' which has a cud at STATES on the reverse and correspondingly weak "18" on the obverse.  It is an R6 die state and VF20 PCGS and is pedigreed to the Jules Reiver Collection (Editor's Note:  This coin is today's "Headline Coin" at the top of the blog)

Lot 7357 is an 1806 O-120a with an internal cud on the shield.  It is an R5 die state and is VF35 PCGS.

Thanks,
Rich




Sunday, August 19, 2018

JR Newsletter: 19 August 2018 (407)



This is our first issue of the JR Newsletter post-ANA 2018.  Readers who attended the show are likely re-adjusting to getting back home. Hoping that others share their ANA experiences in the upcoming weeks!


Garrett Ziss wrote:

The JRCS completed a video project this past week at the World’s Fair of Money in Philadelphia.  This group project contains important information about our club as well as an overview of each of the early U.S. silver denominations.  

The video has been posted on the popular numismatic YouTube channel, Numismatics with Kenny. You can view it at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IiSn4jPNuJs. Thanks to Kenny Sammut for supporting our JRCS video.

We hope that this outreach project will attract new members to our club.  Please share this video with anyone who is interested in learning about early U.S. silver coins or in joining the JRCS.

Thanks,

Garrett Ziss
JRCS #1465
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Richard Meaney wrote:

At the JRCS membership meeting, I announced that JRCS President Bradley Karoleff had been selected to membership in the JRCS Hall of Fame.  Brad is a researcher, author, and longtime editor of the JR Journal, among many other notable accomplishments and contributions to the JRCS and numismatics in general.  As this announcement was a surprise to Brad, he was speechless for a moment…an R-8 moment at that!

The presentation by David Finkelstein and Chris Pilliod on the metal composition of early US silver was phenomenal!  I appreciated that the information presented was the result of many YEARS of research (with more to come)!

I spent my week working at table 741, where David Perkins and Jim Matthews had a variety of coins for sale.  Jim had two cases of coins, whereas David had six. We were right next to the table of Gerry Fortin and his assistant, Dan White.  As you might guess, our area was pretty busy. If someone was looking for early/bust silver, seated coins, and gold, they found their way to our part of the bourse. I really enjoyed working behind the table, interacting with customers, interacting with fellow collectors, and talking about half dimes with like-minded collectors.  

Richard

Sunday, August 12, 2018

JR Newsletter: 12 August 2018 (406)


Many JR Newsletter subscribers are heading to the ANA Show in Philadelphia, yet there will be a a number of collectors who have to enjoy the show vicariously.  Here’s an advanced-notice plug to those who will attend the show: take some notes and share with us when you return from the show!
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A final reminder from Brad Karoleff:

The John Reich Collectors Society General Meeting will be on Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at 8:00 AM in room 117 of the Philadelphia Convention Center.  All JRCS members, interested non-members, and their guests are welcome to attend.  The educational session will be one you will not want to miss!

Brad
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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)verizon.net.

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.

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.
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Nathan Markowitz wrote:

Looking forward to the ANA and seeing the "usual suspects" as Bill Luebke liked to call us collectors.  I will have a case this year at table 955 (Eugene Coin) with a nice group of early silver, copper, and a few odds and ends...many duplicates from my own collection now seeking new homes.   Please stop by to show off your latest treasures or just to say hello. 

Nathan
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David Perkins wrote:

Many of you will be heading to the 2018 ANA World’s Fair of Money Convention in Philadelphia over the next few days.  Gerry Fortin, Jim Matthews, Richard Meaney, and I are getting ready to head out also.  We have two corner tables in the center of the bourse – Tables 741 and 840.  Please stop by, say hello, and look at our large inventory of early U.S. Silver and other coins.  

We will have on hand the Sealed Bid Capped Bust Half Dime and CB Dime Lots for viewing.  The sale closes on Friday night at 6:00 PM EST.  If you don’t have the catalogs and would like one, the other, or both please send me a note at wdperki(at)attglobal.net and I will be glad to forward a copy to you.  I will also have my inventory of half dimes and dimes, including a 1794 Half Dime ex. Pittman-Price in PCGS AU58 CAC, a beautiful 1796 DB Dime in PCGS MS63 CAC along with 1797 and 1798 Dimes in AU58.  Many of these coins new and are not yet on my website.  I also have a fair number of Early Quarters, Half Dollars, and Dollars.  

We will also have the remaining Fixed Price List Lots from the half dime and dime sale.  35 of the 40 CB H10C were sold in the first 3 days (!) along with 5 of the 10 CB Dime Lots.

I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait for to get to this show!  It should be a great one.  

Hope to see you there!  Thanks.


W. David Perkins
Centennial, CO

Cell 303-902-5366


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Finally, a note from the editor:

As David Perkins wrote, I will be available at his table for the entire week.  If you have a capped bust half dime that you want an opinion on as to die stage, die marriage, die remarriage, valuation, or just want to discuss your coin or half dimes in general, please stop by and say hello. The best part of the ANA Show for me is talking with fellow collectors.  Tables 741 and 840 will be my home away from home for the week.  I hope to see you there!  

Richard 





Sunday, August 5, 2018

JR Newsletter: 5 August 2018 (405)



Last week, Dave Wnuck shared with us a photo of a love token made from an 1831 half dollar.  Ken Sowinski wrote to say what many of us were thinking, “Wow!!  The workmanship on the Half is amazing!!”
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Barry Sunshine wrote with an opportunity for those of you who will attend the ANA show in Philadelphia:

For the upcoming ANA, I am pleased to announce that the Easton Collection will be displaying several of its Capped Bust Half Dimes, Dimes and Quarters for all to view.

My collecting goals were to acquire coins that have that original toned look with great eye appeal.

The coins will be displayed at Eye Appealing Coins, table 929 for all to view. I appreciate that the Eye Appealing team has allowed me this opportunity.

I hope you have a chance to stop by and view some of the coins in my cabinet.

Hope to see you there.

Barry
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A reminder from Brad Karoleff:

The John Reich Collectors Society General Meeting will be on Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at 8:00 AM in room 117 of the Philadelphia Convention Center.  All JRCS members, interested non-members, and their guests are welcome to attend.  The educational session will be one you will not want to miss!

Brad
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Greg Cohen wrote:

Legend Rare Coin Auctions is proud to announce that the firm will be selling the Konstantine Collection of Capped Bust Half Dollars, the #1 PCGS Registry Set of Major Varieties 1807-1836 in its upcoming Regency Auction 28 in Las Vegas.

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From the editor:

The notes from Greg Cohen and Brad Karoleff prompted me to remind readers that ample opportunity exists at the World’s Fair of Money (The ANA Show) in Philadelphia.  Not only will there be hundreds of dealers offering all sorts of coins that members of the JRCS tend to seek out and a variety of educational programs and club meetings to attend, but there will be a few specialists’ auctions too.  Sheridan Downey will have an auction of half dollars.  His auction closes on Wednesday.  Sheridan’s website is https://www.sheridanscoins.com.  David Perkins will have an auction of bust dimes and half dimes.  His auction closes on Friday.  David’s website is http://www.davidperkinsrarecoins.com.