Sunday, May 22, 2016

JR Newsletter: 22 May 2016 (294)

We have one contribution this week.  Winston Zack wrote, responding to a comment about format of future bust coin census reports in the John Reich Journal:

I like Dave's suggestion on just changing the font type (bold, italics, underlined, etc.) for those pieces which are slabbed (PCGS, NGC, ANACS, etc). I don't think we need a different font-type for each grading service, but just one representing that it is slabbed. I would prefer BOLD font for slabbed pieces.

I would also suggest adding a font-type for problem coins. I don't know how consistent the reporting of problem coins are in the census but I imagine some people net-grade pieces (old ANACS style), and some provide details grades. I prefer details grades myself when reporting in the census. Maybe problem coins should be reported in ITALICS.

Finally, if you have a slabbed problem coin, that could be written in BOLD ITALICS.

Just thoughts.


One editor's note:  More than a handful of people contacted me in the last week after seeing the "headline coin" in last week's Newsletter, wondering where it came from.  That half dollar was part of the sale of the Russ Logan collection in 2002 by Bowers and Merena.  A link to the coins in that auction is here:   If you go to the link and click on the camera icon next to the brief description of each coin, you will be able to see photos and the catalog description.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

JR Newsletter: 15 May 2016 (293)

We have two contributions for this week's JR Newsletter.

David Finkelstein wrote, "The 1794 Congressional Committee Appointed To Examine The Mint – Part 3 (Way)."  You may click this link to access the article:

Dave Rutherford wrote:

I have a suggestion for Jim Matthews ( and other census editors). Rather than add a column for slabbing just change the appearance of the text via bold, italic, under line, any combination of these or a change in the font.

For example:

65 could be raw ms 65  
65 could be PCGS ms 65  
65 could be NGC ms 65   etc.

Dave Rutherford

Sunday, May 8, 2016

JR Newsletter: 8 May 2016 (292)

David Finkelstein provided us with an original contribution.  You may click the following link to read his article, "The 1794 Congressional Committee Appointed To Examine The Mint – Part 2 (Scot)."

The owner of the Easton Collection wrote:

I thoroughly enjoyed reading the April John Reich Journal. Some of my highlights are as follows:

1.  Great job to Jim Matthews for putting together the Bust Dime census.

2.  In reviewing the census, I noted that LM32 has 29 of 31 die marriages for the Draped Bust Dimes and 122 of 123 die marriages for the Capped Bust Dimes. That means he is missing only 3 die marriages. That’s absolutely amazing and what makes this even more phenomenal is the high grades that the coins are in. My hats off to LM32 for being such a Bust Dime enthusiast!   

3.  I highly recommend voting “YES” to including prior JRCS journals on the Newman Portal. The more information in the public domain to increase collectors' knowledge, the more collectors we will have in the JRCS.

4.  I love Bust Dimes and its great to see 5 articles on Bust Dimes in this issue. Jim – enjoyed your articles and you sharing your knowledge on the 1829 JR-5 or JR-6.

5.  Janell – nice articles and for the last 2 years I have been checking every 1796 dime to find that JR-7! So far, no go but hopeful.

6.  Keith – your memory is much better than mine and hats off to you on this article and memory.

7.  David Perkins – enjoyed your article and can’t wait until I turn 60 so we can have some fun building my Bust Dollar set. Only 4 years away – oh wait – 3 years!

8.  Great see young folks getting involved with the JRCS – David Sunshine article and Garret Ziss speeches and articles (in past journals).

Suggestions for future journals – I see that the LSCC made some significant changes to their newsletter including showcasing a collector's collection in full color. Wouldn’t that be nice for our journal to do the same?

Easton Collection

David Perkins wrote:

At the Denver Coin Expo on Thursday May 5, 2016 I ran into a collector of Capped Bust Dimes by die marriage.  I had not met him before.
The collector was very excited as he had an early die state example of the 1837 JR-3 Dime with “no sign of the bisecting obverse die crack.”  The collector had a copy of the new Bust Dime Variety Identification Guide by Winston Zack, Louis Scuderi, and Michael Sherrill with him, and he had me read the following on page 123, “[1837] JR-3 has a bisecting obverse die crack known on all examples and is most prominent going through the digit 7.”  I was excited for his discovery also, and told him that I would report his discovery to JRCS and JR News.  He is not a current member of JRCS, and does not use a computer.
When I got home, page 123 of my copy of the new CB Dime book had a page laid in, and many of you will guess correctly what it was.  It was the Errata sheet Winston Zack provided in the JR Newsletter: 28 February 2016!  Winston Zack wrote:

For those of you with a copy of the recent Bust Dime Variety Identification Guide, I have created  a document with the handful of updates and errors that have so far been discovered and reported. Please feel free to contact me with any other updates or errors, I would greatly appreciate it (stoneman101(at)

The link to the document is here:

I had already changed “known on all examples” to “known on nearly all examples” on page 123 in my copy of the book.
To those who are tracking examples struck from this early die state, I would like to report a new example of 1837 JR-3 with “no bisecting obverse die crack.” This example grades NGC MS62 (Serial # 4192211-004).   You can enter this serial number into the “Verify NGC Certification” function on the NGC website and see a photo.   Here is a direct link to the coin and photo:
I am mailing a copy of the Errata sheet to the collector (as he doesn’t have e-mail), gave him a copy of the latest issue of the John Reich Journal with the Capped Bust Dime Census (by Jim Matthews), and encouraged him to rejoin JRCS.
W. David Perkins
Centennial, CO

Tom Little wrote:

Tom Bush did an excellent job photographing a group of my coins including this low grade Bust dime that sold quickly after listing:

Sunday, May 1, 2016

JR Newsletter: 1 May 2016 (291)

We have two brief contributions this week.

Jeff Reichenberger wrote:

Terrific issue of the JR Journal, Volume 26 - No.1, Loved it cover to cover! Congrats authors and editor!

-Jeff Reichenberger #1304


We also have a link for obituary and funeral information for Kirk Gorman:

Sunday, April 24, 2016

JR Newsletter: 24 April 2016 (290)

From Sophie Aurelia Mears, wife of Kirk Gorman:

It is with great sadness that we must inform you all that Kirk Gorman departed this life on April 18. He fought brain cancer like a beast for 10 long months. His passing was peaceful, surrounded by loved ones, and in the end that was the best we could hope for. Thank you for all the prayers, good wishes and flowers. I am so proud to have been his wife, and in daily awe of our son Hank and Kirk's incredible daughters Sara and Alex. He is survived by his wife Sophie Aurelia Mears, his two daughters Sara and Alex, and his son Henry. We would like to extend our thanks for all your love and support during his illness. Information on his service will follow.

 -Sophie Aurelia Mears


Winston Zack added:

I felt it was most appropriate to have Kirk's wife, Sophie, send the numismatic community a message about Kirk's passing. I know I will miss Kirk. I have wonderful memories of him, and was happy to call him a great friend. I would appreciate collecting stories from the JR Newsletter and JRCS community, along with any photos of Kirk that you may have and wish to share. I plan to give these memories to Kirk's family to show them how much we will miss our great friend during his service, to be held this coming Saturday April 30 (time and location TBD). Please send your stories/memories/photos to my email: stoneman101(at)



Other topics for the week:

Brad Karoleff wrote:

The latest issue of the JRJ (26/1) went to the printer on the 19th and, hopefully, many went out in the mail yesterday.  Members should begin receiving their issues early this week.  If you do not receive your copy in 10 days please contact me at bkaroleff(at) and I will send another.

The summer issue must go out before the ANA in August.  We have a wonderful article promised to us for the issue, but still need to fill over half the pages.  If you have anything in the works that can be ready for publication in July please send it to me ASAP for formatting.

The next census will be for the bust quarters.  It will appear in the Winter issue of the journal.  So, quarter collectors get your census ready and watch the next journal for instructions on how to send it to Dr. Peterson.  You might even want to purchase a few new coins at the ANA for inclusion!

Please remember that you can nominate members for our Hall of Fame by contacting Richard Meaney.  There are two categories, veteran - before the advent of JRCS, and modern - members of the club.  Send your nominations today and the new inductee(s) will be announced at the ANA convention.

Thanks to all who have submitted articles for publication and helped with the management of the club.  Through your efforts the membership of JRCS will continue to enjoy the "hobby of kings."

Brad Karoleff

David Perkins wrote:

I will have Table 910 at the Central States Numismatic Society (CSNS) Convention in Chicago this coming week, and will be there Wednesday through mid-afternoon on Saturday.

I will have most but not all of the early silver and other coins posted on my website.  All of the remaining Miller Early Dollars 1794-1803 will be there.  In addition, I will have some new consignments with some rarities that are not photographed or posted to my website yet.  Website will be officially launched shortly after CSNS, but is basically live now at

For those JR News readers and JRCS members, I have a new consignment of Draped and Capped Bust Quarters and other early silver.  I am setting up a new early quarter distribution list, like the lists I have for early half dimes and dimes.  If you would like your name and e-mail added to this early quarter list, please send a note to me at wdperki(at)  and I will add you to the list.  

 Those on my early dime list received a note a few days ago offering an 1834 JR-6 Capped Bust Dime with three retained cuds on the reverse.  It was sold within the hour, with a second order the following morning.  What was neat is that I received a few notes with photos of examples of this die marriage and die state from a few JRCS members.  It is a popular LDS dime, for sure!  A photo is below for those who were not on this distribution list and who like late die states and cuds.

Hope to see you in Chicago.  Thanks.

W. David Perkins
Centennial, CO

Sunday, April 17, 2016

JR Newsletter: 17 April 2016 (289)

We have two contributions this week.

David Finkelstein provided us with an original article, "The 1794 Congressional Committee Appointed To Examine The Mint – Part 1."  By clicking the following link, you will be able to read this excellent account:


David Perkins wrote with the following information for current, past, and prospective members of the John Reich Collectors Society.

The next issue of the John Reich Journal is close to being published and mailed.  This will be the first of three issues of Volume 26. 
JRCS dues are paid by Volume, not calendar year, thus if you have not sent in your dues check please do this as soon as possible.  New members are also encouraged to send in your membership application and check.  You will receive all three issues of Volume 26. 
If anyone has an address change for JRCS please e-mail the information directly to me at wdperki(at)
Our annual meeting will be held at the 2016 ANA World’s Fair of Money in Anaheim in August.  We hope to see you there!
W. David Perkins, Treasurer

Editor's Note:  The web page for JRCS membership information is here:

Sunday, April 10, 2016

JR Newsletter: 10 April 2016 (288)

We have two contributions this week.  First, Tom Little wrote:

Does anyone have a link to the JRCS Baltimore show meeting on the 1815 and 1825 L and E quarter discussion?


Also, David Perkins shared his experience from the Early American Coppers convention:

2016 EAC Convention Silver Happenings

A number of JRCS members are still at the 2016 EAC Convention in Charlotte.  It has been a fun show, with members of JRCS, EAC, and C4 (Colonials) all getting together for 4-5 days talking and sharing information on early U.S. Coinage, buying and selling coins, attending educational talks, etc.  This is a large gathering of knowledgeable collectors, dealers, and Numismatists.

Thursday night was what EAC calls the “Happenings” event.  There were four meeting rooms, with one each for Colonials, Half Cents, Large Cents, and Silver coins.

Nathan Markowitz led the Silver Happenings.  Prior to the Convention, the 1798 B-11, BB-111 Dollar was chosen for the event, along with the 1819 B-4 Quarter.

There were four examples of the 1798 B-11, BB-111 Dollar, all struck from different die states.  Three were from the Warren Miller collection that is being sold, with the fourth a very late die state example from my collection (still “raw, and stored in tissue paper in a 2X2 envelope!”) The earliest state present had a bulge in the right obverse field, and the latest die state had a double die break through Liberty to the right stars and rim.

The 1819 B-4 Quarter in the late die state is a favorite coin of mine, despite my first love for the early dollars 1794-1803.  I have an example that I acquired from JRCS member Mike Clark when he upgraded his coin.  It has one of the neatest die breaks I’ve ever seen, this specimen a heavy double die break through the date.

Even lovers of early U.S. Copper were impressed.

The show closes today.  Next year’s show is in historic Philadelphia.

W. David Perkins
Centennial, CO

(Editor's note:  David provided photographs of his 1819 B-4 quarter and a Miller 1798 B-11, BB-111 dollar.  These photos are below.)