Sunday, July 24, 2016

JR Newsletter: 24 July 2016 (303)

Nathan Markowitz wrote, "Here is a desperately needed break from the Capped Bust diet"


Sheridan Downey wrote:

Live Internet bidding will commence this week for Mail Bid Sale 43.  There are 78 hand-picked coins in the sale, all bust half-dollars, 1795 through 1838.  A number of pieces are from the collections of Chuck Link and Tim Osborne.  Provenances include Carl McClerg, Stew Witham, John Jay Pittman, Gehring Prouty, Steve Nomura, Louis Eliasberg, Henry Hilgard, Chuck De Olden and others.  The sale will close during the Anaheim ANA Convention, Wednesday Aug. 10, 2016 at 6 PM PDT.  Descriptions and photos (by Lance Keigwin) may be viewed now on my web site,  Anyone with questions regarding the auction is welcome to email me at sdowney3(at)

(editor's note:  The featured photo at the top of this week's JR Journal comes from Sheridan's MB43).

Pete Mosiondz, Jr. wrote:

I am closing out my books and have attached a list of same for sale.
Thanks and best regards,
JRCS 867
Pete Mosiondz, Jr.
Email: choochoopete(at)

Numismatic Book Sale

The Early Coins of America, Sylvester Crosby (1983 Quarterman Reprint). The best edition with the expanded 20 page bibliographical foreword by Eric P. Newman. 381 pages. 10 plates, 2 manuscripts. HB. DJ protected in Brodart Mylar. New. $15.00

United States Large Cents 1793-1857, Warren Lapp & Herbert Silberman (1975 Quarterman Reprint). 647 pages. HB. DJ protected in Brodart Mylar. New. $15,00

America’s Large Cent, Edited by John M. Kleeberg. A record of the Coinage of  the Americas Conference held (COAC) in 1996. Contents include "Aspects of the Copper Coinage 1793-1796", "The Strawberry Leaf Cent: A Reappraisal", "The Hiatus", "Early U.S. Coining Dies in the ANS Collection", "An Overview of Proof Large Cents", "The Butternut Large Cent Hoard: A Statistical Study" and "Restriking the Issues: The Large Cent Restrikes of 1804, 1810 and 1823". 190 pages of great reading. HB. New. $15.00

Penny Whimsy, William H. Sheldon (Durst 1990). A complete and thorough treatment and descriptive classification of the early American Cents, from 1793-1814. 373 pages. HB. New. $25.00

United States Copper Cents: 1816-1857, Howard R. Newcomb, 284 pages. 11 pages plates 1816-1843. HB. DJ protected in Brodart Mylar. New. $15.00

Grading Guide for Early American Copper Coins, William R. Eckberg; Robert L. Fagaly; Dennis E. Fuoss; Raymond J. Williams. The definitive reference book that explains the mysteries of EAC grading with detailed descriptions and full color pictures! 192 pages. HB. DJ protected in Brodart Mylar. New. $35.00

Copper Quotes (CQR), Jack Robinson. 20th and final edition (4-30-2011). Spiralbound. New. $30.00

The Lovett Cent: A Confederate Story, Harold Levi and George Corell. 276 pages. 141 images. SB. New.

Abe Kosoff: Dean of Numismatics, Q. David Bowers. 351 pages. SB. New. $10.00

The History of United States Coinage as Illustrated by the Garrett Collection, Q. David Bowers, 572 pages. HB. New. $25.00

Virgil Brand: The Man and His Era. Q. David Bowers. Virgil Brand amassed over 300,000 items in his coin collection. This book takes a look at the man and the collection he formed. 248 pages, 8 color plates. Illustrated. HB. New. $20.00

Illegal Tender: Gold, Greed, and the Mystery of the Lost 1933 Double Eagle, David Tripp (2004). 384 pages. HB. DJ protected in Brodart Mylar. New. $15.00

Coins and Collectors, Q. David Bowers (1964). 214 pages. HB. Torn DJ protected in Brodart Mylar. Very Fine. $5.00

Subject unsold. Add $4.00 Media Mail postage to all orders.

Peter Mosiondz, Jr.
26 Cameron Circle
Laurel Springs, NJ 08021-4861

Sunday, July 17, 2016

JR Newsletter: 17 July 2016 (302)

We have no new contributions for this week's JR Newsletter.  Perhaps a Baltimore show report for next week (hint, hint)?

Sunday, July 10, 2016

JR Newsletter: 10 July 2016 (301)

David Perkins wrote with this week's only contribution:

I purchased a nice group of 13 Capped Bust Half Dollars this week, all in AU grades, and some with CAC stickers.  The dates range from 1807 to 1827, with many overdates.  Included are examples of the popular 1823 Broken 3 and Ugly 3 in PCGS AU55.
These coins are photographed and posted under “New Purchases” on my new website at  Under “Silver-Half Dollars-Capped Bust Half Dollars” you can find all my Capped Bust Half Dollars listed. 
I also picked up an affordable 1819 B-4 Quarter in the desirable late die state, with the neat double break through the date.  It is graded PCGS G06.  I will have all of these coins that are unsold at the ANA Convention in Anaheim next month, Tables 451 and 453.  I can be contacted through my website, at wdperki(at), or Phone 303-902-5366.  Thanks.
W. David Perkins

Sunday, July 3, 2016

JR Newsletter: 3 July 2016 (300)

David Finkelstein wrote another article in his series about the Congressional reports on the early United States Mint.  The article, The 1794 Congressional Committee Appointed To Examine The Mint – Part 6 (Boudinot & Harper), is at the following link:


From the editor:  I often receive questions about the source of photos used as "title or header coins" for each week's JR Newsletter.  Sometimes, the images come from coins in my collection, collections of friends, or from other numismatists who have chosen to share their coin images.  Lately, I have been turning to the online memorial to Russ Logan for images.  That site is found here:

Sunday, June 26, 2016

JR Newsletter: 26 June 2016 (299)

Denis Loring wrote in response to comments by Dave Wnuck:

I don't disagree at all with what Dave Wnuck says.  Opinion on authenticity and opinion on grade do come as part of the slabbed coin product package.  My point is simply that a raw coin and the same coin slabbed are two different entities, and no one should be surprised that they behave differently in the marketplace.
A couple of comments from the editor:
A reminder:  If you need back issues of the John Reich Journal, you can order them from professional book dealer Bryce Brown of Avon, CT. To view the extensive inventory of back issues and pricing, go to Bryce's website and scroll down to JR Journals. The website is
Nominations for the JRCS Hall of Fame class of 2016 are now CLOSED. An announcement of the 2016 honoree(s) will be made at the JRCS meeting in August at the ANA show in Anaheim, CA.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

JR Newsletter: 19 June 2016 (298)

One contribution this week…In response to Denis Loring, Dave Wnuck wrote:

Respectfully Denis, you are forgetting the 2 most important, most valuable components of buying a graded & slabbed coin.

Specifically, I mean: (1.) An opinion of authenticity, and (2.) An opinion of grade.

Of course, a collector my disagree with one (or both) of those opinions, but nevertheless someone at some point in that coin's existence paid money to purchase those two opinions. As long as the coin remains in its tamper-evident slab, that is part of the "bundle of goods" that a collector purchases when they purchase a slabbed coin.

Dave Wnuck

Sunday, June 12, 2016

JR Newsletter: 12 June 2016 (297)

We have two contributions this week.  First, Denis Loring wrote in response to Louis Scuderi (who wrote, "Is a raw XF-40 coin inherently less valuable to the "collector" community than a holdered XF-40 coin other than the fact that it is in a piece of plastic?")

Here's my take on it:  A raw XF-40 Bust half is just that, a raw XF-40 coin.  A holdered XF-40 Bust half is a product, manufactured by PCGS/NGC/ANACS, out of the raw materials of silver, plastic, paper and ink.  Some people collect and/or invest in such products, some just coins, some both.  The markets for the two overlap, of course, but are not the same, just as the coin and the product are not the same.

Denis Loring

David Finkelstein wrote with an original work:  "The 1794 Congressional Committee Appointed To Examine The Mint – Part 5 (Way)"

You may read this article by clicking the following link: