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Sunday, September 29, 2019

JR Newsletter: 29 September 2019 (465)

One contribution this week:

Please find linked a press release regarding Legend Rare Coin Auctions’ recently concluded Regency Auction 34, which took place on the evening of September 26, 2019.

If you have any questions, please contact Greg Cohen, senior numismatist. For high resolution images, please contact Patrick Braswell, art director.

Thank you for your consideration on these materials.

Best regards,
Greg Cohen

Senior Numismatist
Legend Rare Coin Auctions
PO Box 9 | Lincroft, NJ 07738


Sunday, September 22, 2019

JR Newsletter: 22 September 2019 (464)

Brad Karoleff wrote:

I have a limited number(6) of the half dime books new condition, never opened, for sale.
They are $175 each plus shipping.  You can choose either book rate or Priority.

Email me at bkaroleff(at) to order yours.  Please include your shipping address and postage choice.



From David Perkins:

Revisiting Old Dollar Whist 

I was thinking the other day about the time five John Reich members played “Old Dollar Whist,” as termed by Bill Luebke.  For those of you who don’t know Bill, he collected the early dollars by die marriage with over 100 marriages when he sold his collection, and importantly was the founder of JR News (along with “Jazzy Cat!”).

The rules are pretty simple, and are laid out in Penny Whimsey, a book on early American Large Cents by William H. Sheldon.  While the book describes old cent whist for Large Cents by die marriage it certainly can be applied to other denominations of early U.S. coins collected by die marriage, from half cents to early dollars and gold.  Here is the description from page 336 (1965 Printing):

“The late Dr. George French, who brought together one of the most famous collections of early cents, loved to compare and match his collection against that of others.  He invented a game which he used to call old cent whist.  It was a game usually played by two and the idea was to score points against an opponent’s collection.  Each of the known varieties then numbering about 270 [for Large Cents], was taken up in order.  You started with the Chain AMERI. Variety, which is the 1-A of 1793, and you put your coin up on the table.  Your opponent in turn produced his Chain AMERI. and the two pieces were compared to determine which was of superior condition.  Possession of the variety, in any condition, counted one point.  Possession of a piece superior to that of your opponent counted another point.  So, for each variety you could score one point, two points, or no points, as could your opponent.  If you had the variety and your opponent lacked it, you beat him two to nothing.  If he had one, but inferior to yours, you beat him two to one.  If his coin about tied yours in condition, you each scored one point.”

I am aware of Whist being played in the past with Half Cents, Large Cents, and early Dollars 1794 to 1803 – all by die marriage.  I’m also aware of Whist being played with subsets of a series as mutually agreed upon.  And games with more than just two players.

Here is a John Reich Journal article from August 2006 written by Bill Luebke about a game of “Old Dollar Whist” played in 2006 with five players, all current John Reich members and collectors of the early dollars 1794 to 1803 by die marriage.  The story begins on page 35 of the Journal.  You can quickly bring this article up on your screen by clicking on the link for Volume 17 / Issue 2 as archived on the Newman Portal.  

I hope you enjoy reading this article by Bill, and hope it encourages collectors of early half dimes, dimes, quarters, and half dollars to maybe give it a try someday.  

W. David Perkins
Centennial, CO

Sunday, September 15, 2019

JR Newsletter: 15 September 2019 (463)

David Perkins wrote:

Prior to this year’s ANA Convention, fellow collector and JRCS member Mike Clark and I signed up for a visit to Dan Hamelberg’s Library and home.  This visit was scheduled for the Sunday after the annual ANA Convention in Chicago.  

While we went primarily for the Numismatic content, we were pleasantly surprised to see historical items from the early United States including rare maps, manuscripts, autographs, coin art and coin glass, baseball memorabilia and many other items in this extensive collection.  

Click on the link below to see a short video of what is termed” The Invasion of Champaign.” Imagine a library collection with over 13,000 Numismatic auction catalogs that would cover five football fields of linear space!  Or one favorite of mine, a plate photo from the June 25-27, 1890 Parmelee Sale together with two of the actual coins plated, the 1796 15 Stars and 16 Stars Half Dollars in PCGS AU55 and PCGS XF45 respectively!  These are both “First Year of Issue” coins that Dan also collects.

How about a neat coin clock made out of 1878 dated Liberty Seated Dollars, Half Dollars, Quarters and Dimes.  Or the inventory (book) of the Col. E.H.R. Green coin collection, prepared by F.C.C. Boyd (of World’s Greatest Collection fame).  And an original Revolutionary War map of Boston.    

 Warning, you may want to periodically pause the video in order to study all the items visible in the video background.

Link to video:

Needless to say, it was quite a day!   

W. David Perkins
Centennial, CO

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