Sunday, April 23, 2017

JR Newsletter: 23 April 2017 (341)





Winston Zack wrote in search of a copy of the Sheridan Downey Auction catalog from 1998 (MB 21):

In my ongoing effort to study, research and record known contemporary counterfeit U.S. coin varieties (along with pedigrees and other information, when possible), I am in need of one piece of information at this time.

I am looking for a copy of Sheridan Downey's April 1998 MB sale no. 21 auction catalog, and specifically lot 283 which is a 1787 Flowing Hair half dollar, 8x7 obverse star combination in a grade of AG with an attempted puncture.

I would really appreciate getting a photo of this counterfeit, either a high-quality scanned image from the catalog, or BETTER YET, if someone here is reading this and owns this counterfeit I would appreciate the chance to get an updated, high-quality photo of this piece to add to my project.

Further, if anyone here owns any example of either of the three known varieties of '1787' FH halves, or the one known variety of '1878' FH half I would really appreciate adding your example to my project. For those of you who have provided images to me or given me permission to use your images I greatly appreciate this.

Please feel free to reach me at my email address: stoneman101(at)gmail.com

Thank you,
Winston
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From David Perkins:


Gerry Fortin and I will again have Table 910 at the Central States Convention this coming week in Schaumberg, IL.  We will have eight cases of quality early silver and other coins, including Type Coins and rare die marriages.  I will have most of my inventory with me at the show.  Gerry will not be able to fit all his inventory in his four cases, thus if you want Gerry to bring certain coins you will want to let him know in the next 24 hours if there are specific coins you’d like him to make sure he brings to the show. 
 
Among other items that I look forward to, I should be picking up a nice date set of Capped Bust Dimes at the show late Thursday, with an expected average grade of XF.  I don’t have a list of these – if there are certain Dimes you are looking for please don’t hesitate to contact me in advance.
 
The coin market seems to be picking up lately – both of us have had strong sales over the last two months.  I’ve talked with other collectors and dealers that are thinking this also.  I’ve sold some Half dimes & Dimes, Draped Bust Quarters, a large number of CB Quarters, CBHs, and early dollars along with other coins. 
 
Our inventories can be viewed on our websites, and contact information is listed below:
 
Dave:  www.davidperkinsrarecoins.com / wdperki(at)attglobal.net / 303-902-5366 (Colorado)
 
Gerry:  http://www.seateddimevarieties.com/index.htm  / wuximems(at)hotmail.com / 207-329-9957 (Maine)
 
On the subject of Numismatic Literature, I am looking forward to reading my copy of the new book, 1792: Birth of a Nation’s Coinage by Pete Smith, Joel Orosz, and Len Augsburger.  There is a lot of information on the first U.S. Mint! 
 
Lastly, the next issue of the John Reich Journal should be delivered to you early next month.  Enjoy.
 
Hope to see you at Central States!
 
W. David Perkins
Gerry Fortin

Sunday, April 16, 2017

JR Newsletter: 16 April 2017 (340)



Nathan Markowitz wrote with news of the upcoming Early American Coppers meeting:



JRCS members are once again cordially invited to attend the fiftieth anniversary EAC at the Doubletree hotel in Philadelphia, PA April 20-23.   

The educational program this year has broad representation including several of our own members.

EAC has again provided a silver display educational room for the Thursday night happenings. Please let me know if you have a specific die marriage you wish to bring for study.  Quarter die marriage study will be 1834 B-1 quarter.  Last year was a great display in Charlotte.

I can be reached at cascades1787(at)yahoo.com

Nathan


Sunday, April 9, 2017

JR Newsletter: 9 April 2017 (339)



We received no new contributions this week.  Perhaps we will hear next week from some people who attended the recently concluded show in Baltimore with some market insight?

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 Another reminder about the JRCS Hall of Fame:  Nominations close soon!

The membership is encouraged to send nominations for the Hall of Fame at any time. You can nominate candidates for either the veteran (those who contributed before the advent of JRCS) or the modern (those who have been members of JRCS) categories. Please include any pertinent information about the nominee that you feel necessary. Nominees will then be voted on by the HOF committee and the inductees will be announced at the annual meeting at the ANA convention in the summer. We look forward to seeing your nominations!

Please forward your nominations to bkaroleff(at)yahoo.com or to jrnewsletter(at)jrcs.org

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here's a late addition from Nathan Markowitz (will run it again next week):

JRCS members are once again cordially invited to attend the fiftieth anniversary EAC at the Doubletree hotel in Philadelphia PA April 20-23.  

The educational program this year has broad representation including several of our own members.

EAC has again provided a silver display educational room for the Thursday night happenings.  Please let me know if you have a specific die marriage you wish to bring for study.  Last year was a great display in Charlotte.

I can be reached at cascades1787(at)yahoo.com

Sunday, April 2, 2017

JR Newsletter: 2 April 2017 (338)


Tom Little wrote:

An ebay seller sold a group of Bust coins, including the above-imaged half, which sold for $185.  A link to the Coin Facts page for this particular variety is here:  http://www.pcgscoinfacts.com/Coin/Detail/6102

There was a group of other severely underpriced coins the same seller from DC sold as buy it now.  I would hope that any knowledgeable Bust coin dealer or collector would have alerted the seller about their mistake.



Tom Little
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Another reminder about the JRCS Hall of Fame:  Nominations close soon!

The membership is encouraged to send nominations for the Hall of Fame at any time. You can nominate candidates for either the veteran (those who contributed before the advent of JRCS) or the modern (those who have been members of JRCS) categories. Please include any pertinent information about the nominee that you feel necessary. Nominees will then be voted on by the HOF committee and the inductees will be announced at the annual meeting at the ANA convention in the summer. We look forward to seeing your nominations!

Please forward your nominations to bkaroleff(at)yahoo.com or to jrnewsletter(at)jrcs.org



Sunday, March 26, 2017

JR Newsletter: 26 March 2017 (337)





David Perkins wrote:

Please stop by Table 818  if you are attending the Whitman Baltimore Coin Show next week (Wednesday March 29 through Saturday April 1, 2017).  

 W. David Perkins Numismatics, Gerry Fortin Rare Coins, and Jim Matthews Rare Coins will have 16 cases (!) of Early Silver, Copper, and Gold coins for you to view and / or purchase. Our inventory includes a fair number of R-6 through R-8 die marriages, and early U.S. Coins in popular late die states.  The below photo is one of three examples known for the 1798 B-33, BB-117 (R-8) die marriage.  You can see this coin at Perkins table at the show.

 We now have three tables, all under Table 818 (highlighted in green on the map below).  We are located  a short distance to the right of the show entrance in between Heritage, Stack’s-Bowers, Whitman, and the U.S. Mint. 



 Most of the coins we will have at the show can be viewed in advance at www.davidperkinsrarecoins.com and http://www.seateddimevarieties.com/.  We also will be buying coins at the show.

 See you in Baltimore!  Thanks.

W. David Perkins, Numismatist
Centennial, CO
wdperki(at)attglobal.net
www.davidperkinsrarecoins.com
Cell 303-902-5366
ANA, ANS, NBS, NLG, LM JRCS, LSCC, EAC

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We also have a reminder about the JRCS Hall of Fame:

 Nominations for the JRCS Hall of Fame class of 2017 are now open.

The membership is encouraged to send nominations for the Hall of Fame at any time. You can nominate candidates for either the veteran (those who contributed before the advent of JRCS) or the modern (those who have been members of JRCS) categories. Please include any pertinent information about the nominee that you feel necessary. Nominees will then be voted on by the HOF committee and the inductees will be announced at the annual meeting at the ANA convention in the summer. We look forward to seeing your nominations!

Please forward your nominations to bkaroleff(at)yahoo.com or to jrnewsletter(at)jrcs.org

Sunday, March 19, 2017

JR Newsletter: 19 March 2017 (336)





Barry Sunshine wrote:

I read last week's JR Newsletter article about attributing an 1834 capped bust half dime to the half dime book.

Its pretty cool that collectors have more time to do this research compared to dealers.

Here is my story.

I really never found a 1832 capped bust dime for my registry set that I really loved. Well, I came across a dealer website that had a 1832 JR-3 in PCGS 66. When I looked at the coin closely I thought it looked like a really nice coin and the price of the coin was reasonably priced. So I asked to have it shipped to me. I later matched plates to the Lovejoy coin – lot 125. Also, in reviewing the prices realized and I noticed that this coin realized more than any other mint state capped bust coin from 1831 on except one. So in the end I was able to attribute the coin and acquired a very high grade example. I believe it’s the finest known.

Score card – Collectors 2, Dealers 0 !

Below is a picture of the coin!

Best,
Barry
 

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Peter Mosiondz, Jr. wrote that finances and other issues dictate be must sell his remaining books:

Books for Sale

Abe Kosoff: Dean of Numismatics, Q. David Bowers. SB. New. $15.00

Adventures With Rare Coins, Q. David Bowers. HB. New. $12.00

Coins and Collectors, Q. David Bowers. SB. New. $5.00

Virgil Brand: The Man and His Era, Q. David Bowers. HB. New. $15.00

The Expert’s Guide to Collecting and Investing in Rare Coins, Q. David Bowers. HB. DJ protected in Brodart Mylar. New. $15.00

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

The Numismatist’s Lakeside Companion, Q. David Bowers. SB. New. $5.00

The Numismatist’s Topside Companion, Q. David Bowers. SB. New. $5.00

The Lovett Cent: A Confederate Story, Harold Levi and George Corell. SB. New. $15.00

The Complete Guide to Shield and Liberty Head Nickels, Gloria Peters and Cynthia Mohon. SB. New. $20.00

The Complete Guide to Liberty Seated Dimes, Brian Greer. SB. New. $10.00

The Coin Collector’s Survival Manual (6th edition), Scott Travers. SB. New. $5.00

The Standard Catalog of United States Coins (1946; 11th edition), Wayte Raymond. HB.  New. $35.00

A Guide Book of United States Coins 2017: The Official Red Book, R.S. Yeoman and Kenneth Bressett. Spiral.
New. $5.00

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

Penny Whimsy: A Revision of Early American Cents 1793-1814; An Exercise in Descriptive Classification with Tables Rarity and Value, William H. Sheldon, with the collaboration of Dorothy I Paschal and Walter Breen. (Quarterman Publications 1976 ). 340 pages. HB. DJ protected in Brodart Mylar. New. $30.00

United States Copper Cents 1816-1857, Howard R. Newcomb. The 1985 Quarterman reprint with a new foreword rarity tabulation and commentary on new, duplicate or missing varieties  by John Wright. HB. DJ protected in Brodart Mylar. New. $15.00

America’s Large Cent (Coinage of the Americas Conference 1996; Published 1998).  John M. Kleeberg, editor. HB.  New. $20.00

Add $4.00 Media Mail postage.

Peter Mosiondz, Jr.
26 Cameron Circle
Laurel Springs, NJ 08021-4861
Phone: 856-627-6865
Email: choochoopete(at)comcast.net




Sunday, March 12, 2017

JR Newsletter: 12 March 2017 (335)






We have a couple of contributions this week.  First, from Sheridan Downey:

I too spotted the misspelling of Elton's last name in the Kagin's catalogue.  Elton was my bust half mentor for 15 years.  I'll not forget the time he reminded me how to spell his last name, "It's Dosier, with an S as in sugar," he said.  I still I jump out of my skin when I see it spelled with a Z.

Sheridan
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And from yours truly:

Recall that last week, I wrote about a semi-exciting new find in my 1834 LM-3 half dime graded PCGS MS63.  I mentioned that it was an upgrade over the PCGS AU58 CAC coin that was my set piece.  What I did not mention was something else about my AU58 half dime that I did not know a week ago.

A friend asked me what I was going to do with my "duplicate" 1834 LM-3.  I told him I would have to check my notes to see what I paid for it.  I checked my notes, and my notes are notoriously devoid of detail much of the time.  I am not so great at recording date of purchase, price paid, source of coin, etc.  So I started searching for information.  I think I found the price paid.  I think I found the seller's name.  Then I recalled a lesson I learned only last year when I almost sold a Logan-McCloskey plate coin accidentally because of my inferior record-keeping.  I decided to compare my coin against the coin on page 250 of "Federal Half Dimes 1792-1837."  I thought, "hmm, these coins look alike, but I did not buy this as a plate coin, I know the seller never mentioned it as a plate coin, and my sparse notes make no indication that this is a plate coin."  So I started to look more closely.  I examined marks, toning spots, and other markers.  Despite the appearance that my coin was lighter than the image in the book, the markers appeared to line up.  Imagine my surprise when I came to the conclusion that my "duplicate" was THE plate coin from the half dime book!

Of course, I had to tell my friend about my discovery and that I would not be entertaining the sale of the coin at this time.  I guess each of us should make such checks before we sell our coins, right?  You never know!

Richard Meaney

Here's that "duplicate" coin…the plate coin from page 250: