Sunday, December 9, 2018

JR Newsletter: 9 December 2018 (423)




The latest issue of The Asylum, the journal of the Numismatic Bibliomania Society (NBS) has an advertisement inside the back cover offering for $10.00 (plus $5.00 shipping to U.S. addresses) the second (current) edition Q. David Bowers book, The Encyclopedia of United States Silver Dollars 1794 to 1803.  The list price per Stack’s is $49.97. I think I paid a $40.00 “pre-order price” for my first copy.   If you’ve any interest in the learning more about the early dollars or adding this book to your Numismatic Library this is a pretty good deal!  I don’t see that this offer was limited to members of NBS, and the “Call to Order” phone number is listed as 866-811-1804.

Also offered at the same pricing level are three other books by Q. David Bowers.  Coins and Collectors, Golden Anniversary IssueThe 1822 Gold Half Eagle:  Story of a Rarity, and Treasures from the D. Brent Pogue Rare Coin Cabinet.  

There is a limit of 2 copies of each book per address.  You’ll need to confirm details with Stack’s – I’m just reporting these offers to fellow JR News readers who might not have been aware of this offer.

Gerry Fortin, Jim Matthews, and I will have Tables 535 and 634 at the 2019 FUN Convention.  Please stop by if you are attending the show.  



W. David Perkins
Centennial, CO

Sunday, December 2, 2018

JR Newsletter: 2 December 2018 (422)


First this week, an announcement of the next census for the JR Journal:

Half Dime Census:

The officers of the JRCS are soliciting your half dime inventory information for inclusion in the Spring 2019 issue of the John Reich Journal.

 Please email your complete inventory listing, including all duplicates, of all your 1792, Draped Bust, Flowing Hair and Capped Bust half dimes to me. Any format that my iMac computer can read will work, so most spreadsheets and word processing files will be fine.  Even if you have a written list, you can take a picture of that written list and email it to me if you would like.  Please make the subject line of your email “Half Dime Census” and include your name and JRCS number.  

My email address is: richard.meaney(at)yahoo.com

 If you prefer, you may mail paper copies to me here:

Richard Meaney
3060 N Lazy Eight Court, Suite 2
PMB 294
Wasilla AK 99654

Please include the following information to the best of your ability:

-      Grade of each coin.  Grading company info (NGC, ANACS, CAC, PCGS, raw) is not needed.
-      Die Marriage or remarriage for each coin
-      Cud information for your coins with known cuds.  For example, if you report an 1830 LM-5 half dime in VF-20, I will assume the coin does not have a cud.  If you have one with a cud, something like “1830 LM-5 VF20 cud” will suffice.
-      If you would like to participate, but wish for your contribution to remain anonymous, just let me know.

Please respond no later than March 7, 2019 to ensure inclusion of your collection in this census. This is a hard cut-off date.  Questions? Let me know!

Richard Meaney
JRCS LM47
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Next, from David Perkins:

Draped Bust Dollars:  The Series in Perspective – Parts I & II
For those interested in the early U.S. Silver Dollars 1794 to 1804 the Greysheet (Coin Dealer Newsletter (CDN)) has published an article by Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez, Editor, titled, “Draped Bust Dollars:  The Series in Perspective – Parts I & II.”  I love the early dollars, and have been collecting, researching, and writing about them for over 30 years now.  I was interviewed for this article.

Part I is dated November 29, 2018 is described as, “Early American coins are among the most widely collected and studied issues in all of numismatics.  Of the federal issues that the United States Mint coined in the 1790s and 1800s, perhaps no other silver coins have captured the hearts of collectors in the way the early American dollars have.  Struck from 1794 through 1804, these so-called “Bust” dollars, which include the Flowing Hair and Draped Bust types, have maintained a prominent place in numismatic cabinets since at least the mid 19th century.” 

Three major topics are discussed; Mystery Meets History With the Draped Bust Dollar, Draped Bust Dollars Scarce by Today’s Standards, and Truly Original Bust Dollars are rare.


  
Part II is dated November 30, 2018 with the McMorrow-Hernandez noting, “This blog post is the second segment of a two-art series analyzing the Draped Bust dollar of 1795-1804, one of the most popular early American coin series.”

Part II topics include Bust Dollar Pricing Trends and Draped Bust Dollar Varieties and Collecting Strategies.


I hope you enjoy the two articles. 

Website link to Flowing Hair Dollars:  http://www.davidperkinsrarecoins.com/silver.html?cat=132

Website link to Draped Bust Dollars:  http://www.davidperkinsrarecoins.com/silver.html?cat=131



W. David Perkins
Centennial, CO
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Finally, Brad Karoleff wrote:

From last week’s list of Logan Library items for sale, the Overton has sold.  ALL OTHER ITEMS ARE NOW 20% OFF the listed prices.

As always, first to respond buys the lot plus shipping, either Book Rate or Priority; buyer’s choice.

1.  Five COAC books.  Coinages of the Americas Conference books issued by the ANS in NYC.  A collection of papers presented at the ANS during their conferences.  Included here are the following with some Logan tipins:

1986 America's Silver Coinage with some autographs
1989 America's Gold Coinage
1993 America's Silver Dollars
1996 America's Large Cent
1998 Circulating Counterfeits of the Americas

Great research by many of the Hobby's luminaries.  A must have for anyone's library.  All are very fine or better.
All 5 books for $175.

2.  United States Half Dimes by Valentine, the Durst reprint fine or better.
     Early Half Dollar Die Varieties by Overton, the 1970 edition, fifth printing, like new with dust jacket.
     The United States Early Silver Dollars by Bolender, 1950.  Some water staining and wear.  Not pretty but usable.  Includes Russ Tipins.
     Penny Whimsy by Sheldon, Quarterman reprint Fine with dustjacket exhibiting some tears.

All 4 books for $100.

3.  Selections from the Numismatist by the ANA, 1960, Fine with corner bump.
     The Fantastic 1804 Dollar, 1962 fine with Logan Tipins.

Both books for $65.

4.  Medals of the United States Mint by R W Julian, 1977 in near mint condition with, what else but more Logan Tipins.  $125.

5.  5 Volumes of Stacks auction catalogs of the famous John Ford Collection.  Included here are parts 3, 5, 6, 7 and 15. All are excellent condition with some light soiling.  

All 5 catalogs for $125.

6.  3 Important auction catalogs.  

W Earl Spies silver dollars by Stack's 1974 no PR excellent condition.
Will W Neil collection by Mehl 1947, with PR but slightly bent.
The United States Gold Collection by Bowers and Ruddy 1982, with PR corner bend to cover but still nice.

All 3 catalogs for $75.

7.  4 volume set of the Harry Bass Jr collection sold by Bowers and Merena, 1999-2000.  All catalogs show some light problems but are near mint, no PR.   Set of 4 for $125.

8.  3 volume set of the Norweb collection sold by Bowers and Merena, 1987-88.  First two volumes with PR.  All 3 show use and there are notes on individual lots made by Russ at the sale.  Set of 3 for $100.

9.  Lot of 3 items for the Eliasberg collection!  First, a prepublication copy of part of the catalog that Russ reviewed.  A hardbound copy of Louis E Eliasberg, Sr, King of Coins by QDB signed to Russ.  Lastly a Hardbound copy of the sale with the autographed bookplate numbered 112.  The books are near mint and there are Logan Tipins.  The lot for $150.

10.  Lastly for now.  A copy of the 1970 Revised Edition of Overton first printing SIGNED!  Overton passed soon after the issuance of his Revised Edition of his masterpiece.  They are very scarce with his signature, especially not dedicated to someone, as this one is showing only his signature.  Russ' working copy used as a checklist with notations.  Included is a conversion table from the first edition numbers to the ones we use today.  Book shows significant wear and has the notations mentioned before.  A great piece of half dollar history.   Yours for $150.

Please reply to bkaroleff(at)yahoo.com to order any of these books for your library.  Include your mailing address with your response and I will notify you of whether you were the winning bidder or not.  


Sunday, November 25, 2018

JR Newsletter: 25 November 2018 (421)


This week's contribution comes from Brad Karoleff:

Here is the latest group of items from the Logan Library for sale.

As always, first to respond buys the lot plus shipping, either Book Rate or Priority; buyers choice.

1.  5 COAC books.  Coinages of the Americas conference books issued by the ANS in NYC.  A collection of papers presented at the ANS during their conferences.  Included here are the following with some Logan tipins:

1986 America's Silver Coinage with some autographs
1989 America's Gold Coinage
1993 America's Silver Dollars
1996 America's Large Cent
1998 Circulating Counterfeits of the Americas

Great research by many of the Hobby's luminaries.  A must have for anyone's library.  All are very fine or better.
All 5 books for $175.

2.  United States Half Dimes by Valentine, the Durst reprint fine or better.
     Early Half Dollar Die Varieties by Overton, the 1970 edition, fifth printing, like new with dust jacket.
     The United States Early Silver Dollars by Bolender, 1950.  Some water staining and wear.  Not pretty but usable.  Includes Russ Tipins.
     Penny Whimsy by Sheldon, Quarterman reprint Fine with dustjacket exhibiting some tears.

All 4 books for $100.

3.  Selections from the Numismatist by the ANA, 1960, Fine with corner bump.
     The Fantastic 1804 Dollar, 1962 fine with Logan Tipins.

Both books for $65.

4.  Medals of the United States Mint by R W Julian, 1977 in near mint condition with, what else but more Logan Tipins.  $125.

5.  5 Volumes of Stacks auction catalogs of the famous John Ford Collection.  Included here are parts 3 5, 6, 7 and 15. All are excellent condition with some light soiling.  

All 5 catalogs for $125.

6.  3 Important auction catalogs.  W Earl Spies silver dollars by Stack's 1974 no PR excellent conditon.
                                                     Will W Neil collection by Mehl 1947, with PR but slightly bent.
                                                      The United States Gold Collection by Bowers and Ruddy 1982, with PR corner bend to cover but still nice.
All 3 catalogs for $75.

7.  4 volume set of the Harry Bass Jr collection sold by Bowers and Merena, 1999-2000.  All catalogs show some light problems but are near mint, no PR.   Set of 4 for $125.

8.  3 volume set of the Norweb collection sold by Bowers and Merena, 1987-88.  First two volumes with PR.  All 3 show use and there are notes on individual lots made by Russ at the sale.  Set of 3 for $100.

9.  Lot of 3 items for the Eliasberg collection!  First, a prepublication copy of part of the catalog that Russ reviewed.  A hardbound copy of Louis E Eliasberg, Sr, King of Coins by QDB signed to Russ.  Lastly a Hardbound copy of the sale with the autographed bookplate numbered 112.  The books are near mint and there are Logan Tipins.  The lot for $150.

10.  Lastly for now.  A copy of the 1970 Revised Edition of Overton first printing SIGNED!  Overton passed soon after the issuance of his Revised Edition of his masterpiece.  They are very scarce with his signature, especially not dedicated to someone, as this one is showing only his signature.  Russ' working copy used as a checklist with notations.  Included is a conversion table from the first edition numbers to the ones we use today.  Book shows significant wear and has the notations mentioned before.  A great piece of half dollar history.   Yours for $150.

Please reply to bkaroleff(at)yahoo.com to order any of these books for your library.  Include your mailing address with your response and I will notify you of whether you were the winning bidder or not.  Best of luck and Happy Holidays to all.

Brad Karoleff

Sunday, November 18, 2018

JR Newsletter: 18 November 2018 (420)



This week’s first contribution comes from Charlie Horning:


JRCS member Michael Sullivan gave a presentation to the Cincinnati Numismatic Society Nov. 9th titled “Establishing Your Own Collecting Goals: The MJ Sullivan 24-Coin Flowing Hair / Heraldic Eagle Dollar Set.” The initial part of the presentation focused on encouraging collectors to study their area of interest to establish their own collecting goals regardless of what other sources and publications such as PCGS Registry Sets or The Redbook may suggest constitutes a collection or set. 

The presentation continued with an overview of each Early Dollar year, 1794-1803, key features, attributes, and a comparison of PCGS Major Variety Set (38 coins) , Redbook set (40 coins), and what Michael refers to as his “24-Coin Set.”    This was supported with coin images and high magnification, allowing comparisons across the series, mostly supported from Michael’s personal high-grade collection.

As a simple illustration of Michael’s point, the chart below summarizes the 1802 Heraldic Eagle dollars.  The PCGS and Redbook sets consist of 4 major types. However, a collector could obtain all of the key attributable features of the year with just two coins (see below) from the presentation:



Following the presentation and Q&A, Michael shared 8-coins from his collection:  1795 dollars (Silver Plug, 2-Leaf, and 3-Leaf), three 1798 dollars, and two 1802 dollars which demonstrated all of the key attributes for each of the 3-years.  Hopefully, he will share this presentation again at a JRCS club meeting or a major show to our broader early coinage collector colleagues.   You can view the collection online at PCGS Registry Sets.
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Second, from Matthew Bell at Legend Rare Coin Auctions:

Please find linked a press release regarding the results of our 29th Regency Auction held on the evening of Thursday, November 15th, 2018 as the official auctioneer of the PCGS Members Only Show in San Antonio, TX. For further information, please do not hesitate to email me and I will get it for you. For high-res images, please email our Art Director, Patrick Braswell, at Patrick(at)legendauctions.com. Thank you for your consideration.


Regards,

Matthew Bell
Executive Vice President
Legend Rare Coin Auctions

Sunday, November 11, 2018

JR Newsletter: 11 November 2018 (419)



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 U. S. silver coins.  Part 1 of a multi-part article series was published in the September 23, 2018 John Reich Newsletter (JRN).  Part 2 was published in the October 7, 2018 JRN.  Part 3 was published in the October 21, 2018 JRN.  Part 4 was published in the November 4, 2018 JRN.

The authors would like to thank R. W. Julian for pointing out some inaccuracies in Section 4 of Part 4. As a result, a revised version of Part 4 is being released.  Table 2, and Sections 4 and 6 have been revised.  Note that the conclusions did not change.

Linked here is the revised version of Part 4:


David

Sunday, November 4, 2018

JR Newsletter: 4 November 2018 (418)



This week, we have contributions from David Finkelstein and David Perkins.  First, from David Finkelstein:

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 U. S. silver coins.  Part 1 of a multi-part article series was published in the September 23, 2018 John Reich Newsletter.  Part 2 was published in the October 7, 2018 John Reich Newsletter.  Part 3 was published in the October 21, 2018 John Reich Newsletter.  Linked here is Part 4:


David
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From David Perkins:

I returned from the Whitman Baltimore coin show a week ago.  Whether you are a collector, dealer, or both, you should enjoy this story. It can be titled, “Wish I was there!”

 A dealer friend of mine from the East Coast knows a collector of U.S. coins based in Europe.  Earlier this year he met the collector in London and was able to look through the collection, mostly stored in 2X2 paper envelopes.  The majority of the coins in this collection were collected and put away in the 1950s and 1960s, before grading and plastic took hold in the marketplace. In the last couple of months, the dealer met with the collector, this time in Germany, and was able to look through his bank box and purchase a second group of coins from the collection.

What is unusual is that this collector liked and collected Capped Bust Half Dollars by die marriage. And he collected them while living in Europe!  I was able to purchase some of these half dollars and a few type coins in Baltimore prior to the start of the Baltimore show.  In this group of CBHs there were some overdates and a number of R-4 and R-5 die marriages and die states by Overton number, “fresh” as we say today, and off the market for decades. 

One of my favorites is the 1814 O-106, R-4+ graded PCGS XF45 but you can argue it should be graded more like AU50+.  It has some die breaks and clashing which you can see in the photo.  Another is an 1822/1 O-102, R-4+, in PCGS XF45.  And while only R-2, a lovely 1817/3 half dollar in PCGS XF45, with the 3 showing prominently under the 7 in the date.  And lastly for those who like late die states, an 1838 Reeded Edge 50C with shattered reverse die in PCGS XF45. 


I shared the 1814 O-106 with Capped Bust Half Dollar collector and specialist Steve Herrman and was rewarded with Steve sharing with me his PCGS AU53 example of O-106a, a much later die state coin with much more clashing and some dramatic die breaks. The description for O-106a in the Overton book reads, 

Rev. F-s2. There are severe die cracks. A break from rim near left wing tip divides into two main branches, the lower beak crosses leaves, top of 50 C. and arrowheads to edge near middle arrowhead.  A small branch from top of C. crosses arrow points to edge above C.  The other main branch crosses shield, right wing and R to edge.  Still another from base of R to top of right wing curves under scroll. 

1814 O-106 is rated R-4+, while the later die state (O-106a, with all the neat die breaks) is R-5.  It was fun to see and compare both examples.

AU53 shown first, then the XF45:




 “Wish I’d been there” pulling these half dollars and other coins out of the envelopes after 50 plus years!  But I did get to see and acquire some of them.

 The Baltimore show seemed a little “quieter” than past shows but was still a pretty good one for me.  And as always, I enjoyed seeing and talking with the many JRCS members in attendance.

New Purchases including all the Capped Bust Half Dollars:  http://www.davidperkinsrarecoins.com/new-purchases.html 
Other new purchases are out for photographs and should be posted over the next week.


W. David Perkins
Centennial, CO
wdperki(at)attglobal.net