Sunday, January 15, 2017

JR Newsletter: 15 January 2017 (327)

David Finkelstein wrote:

I am converting my 2017 FUN JRCS presentation into articles for both the JR Newsletter and JR Journal.  Here is an article for the readers of JR Newsletter:  https://gallery.mailchimp.com/74a0e3c37d154d935bdeb2daf/files/DJF_MInt_Workflow_Part_5_Revised.pdf  It is a revision to a series of articles that I published in the JR Newsletter titled The Workflow Of The First United States Mint.  This article revises Part 5 (Coin Returns) that was first published in the JR Newsletter on July 26, 2015.  Another article will be published in next week’s JR Newsletter.

David Finkelstein

Sunday, January 8, 2017

JR Newsletter: 8 January 2017 (326)

From David Perkins:  A Few Highlights from the 2017 FUN Convention and Show
Picture an overflowing football field filled with coin tables, collectors, and dealers and that is what this year’s FUN Convention in Ft. Lauderdale looked like to me.  The bourse probably stretched wider than a hundred yards! 
For me, FUN was an enjoyable show.  First of all, I was able to view a lot of great coins.  In particular, I got to see many early dollars 1794-1803 and more early quarters than you’d normally see at any show. 
As previewed in the December 4, 2016 issue of JR News, the Bruce Morelan Collection of Early Dollars 1794 to 1803 was on display at the PCGS table.  I had a fair number of collectors come by my table and mention this great display and collection.  In addition, the Brent Pogue Draped Bust, Small Eagle Dollars were in a case at the Stack’s table which was located close by.  I stopped and looked at the Pogue Dollars a couple of times as I was crossing the bourse.  How often in your lifetime will you get to see this many high grade early dollars in one location! 
A JRCS member was successful in the Heritage Auction being the winner bidder on a lovely and very desirable 1799 B-23, BB-159 Dollar, struck from the latest die state known to me, with a large arc-like die break and other die cracks across the obverse.  At least five JRCS members that I know, including me, wanted this coin!  This coin graded PCGS XF45 CAC and had great eye appeal, color, and surfaces.  This coin is pedigreed to the early dollar collection of the late Martin “Marty” Oghigian, although this was not mentioned in the catalog description.  There is only one Mint State example known with this late die state, the Amon Carter, Jr. Collection Specimen.  All of the other examples that I know of or have seen grade VF or lower.  There are under ten examples of this late die state known to me.
We had fun (pun intended!) with this coin and the late die state at my bourse table the day after the auction while comparing two examples of this late die state 1799 Dollar.  The owner of a nice VF example had brought an enlarged photo (8-10 inches in diameter!) of his example with him to FUN to compare.  I called the owner of the new XF45 example on the phone and he brought his coin to the table and the three of us along with Bob Stark were able to study and compare the two coins.  The die states on these two 1799 Dollars were deemed by all to be virtually identical.
A long-time dealer from Maine had a very full case of early Draped Bust and Capped Bust Quarters at his table, teasing many of us for a couple of days as they weren’t available for sale.  And then they were.  Another collector had a good portion if his collection at FUN which I enjoyed viewing for a second time.  I had seen this collection once in the past.  In addition I had one case with 20 Capped and Draped Bust quarters for sale.  Before the show was over I was able to add to my inventory a lovely 1806/5 Draped Bust Quarter in P58 CAC (ex. Rory Rea) from this Maine Collection, along with two exceptionally nice and choice for the grade Capped Bust 25C die marriages from another collector’s collection.   
The JRCS meeting Friday morning was a short one, but a good one.  There were about 20 JRCS members in attendance.  Dave Finkelstein’s talk on the Workflow of the First U.S. Mint was a good one.  David left us hanging a little after showing us a letter that a 1794 Dollar was given to George Washington for his inspection.  All of us were wondering where it is, or which one of the known examples it is! 
And lastly, it was great to see so many collector and dealer friends.  And at the FUN Show I was able to thank Julian Leidman in person for sending me information regarding a previous JR News story about the collector whose name was on the envelope of the mailing envelope for a Bolender catalog that I own and mentioned a few weeks ago in JR News.  Julian wrote, “[The collector] pictured on the envelope might have moved to VA, as he had some early dollars; one of which may have been a 1794 with a counterstamp on it, which was removed by dealer Phil Lampkin in the 1970's and sold as damaged.”  Thanks again Julian!
W. David Perkins
Centennial, CO
 

Sunday, January 1, 2017

JR Newsletter: 1 January 2017 (325)








A contribution from David Finkelstein leads this week's JR Newsletter:

I will be providing two mini presentations at the JRCS meeting at FUN (JRCS meeting is on Friday, 6 January from 9:00-10:30 in room 124):

1.  Newly discovered information regarding the coining operations and workflow of the first United States Mint.

2. New (?) information on the delivery and distribution of the 1794 Dollars.

David
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David Perkins wrote:

The Lester Merkin June 15, 1974 Mail Auction Sale of THE AL C. OVERTON REFERENCE COLLECTION OF BUST HALF DOLLAR VARIETIES

While many Bust Half Nut Club members, Numismatists, and early half dollar collectors may be aware of this June 1974 Mail Auction Sale, I was not.  I was excited when I came across this sale while having fun searching the Newman Portal over the holidays.  For those who did or didn’t know about this sale and don’t own a copy you can find a scan of the catalog in the Newman Portal archives at https://www.archive.org/stream/alcovertonrefere1974lest#page/n0/mode/2up

The cover page for the sale states that it is the “Mail Auction Sale” of THE AL C. OVERTON REFERENCE COLLECTION OF BUST HALF DOLLAR VARIETIES.  The closing date for the sale was Saturday, June 15, 1974.  This sale took place after the first two editions of the Overton book had been published.  The introduction by Lester Merkin on page 3 of the catalog reads,

THE AL C. OVERTON REFERENCE COLLECTION OF BUST HALF DOLLAR VARIETIES

                 The collection of bust half dollars being offered here was acquired over many years by Al Overton in order to aid in his compilations of the recognized references “Early Half Dollar Die Varieties”, first edition (1967) and the revised edition (1970).  In order to complete the references, Al estimated that over ten thousand lettered edge half dollars were closely examined, checked and compared.

The rarity ratings in this sale ranged from R-1 (Common) to R-7 (With 4-12 examples known).  The rarity ratings for he R-5 to R-7 die marriages are all highlighted in bold (as R5, R6, and R7).  As you look through this catalog the large number of R-5 to R-7 marriages stand out. They were fun for me to see in a sale as these rare to extremely rare marriages aren’t offered every day!

Many collectors enjoy owning plate coins from the leading references for a particular series, myself included.  As a Professional Numismatist, plate coins have always done exceptionally well in my Fixed Price and Sealed Bid Sales.  Plate coins typically sell at a premium over coins that are the same die marriage and grade.  As a collector of the early dollars 1794 to 1803 by die marriage, I own or have owned plate coins from the Bolender reference (1950), the first edition of the Bowers silver dollar book (1993), and the second edition of the Bowers book (2013).  

 I’ve provided a photo of the Bolender Plate Coin for the obverse of the 1798 B-16, BB-110 silver dollar die marriage.  This coin grades PCGS AU55 and is the second finest example of this die marriage known to me, with one Mint State coin known, grading PCGS MS62 CAC.  This coin was part of the Warren Miller Collection, and was first identified by James Matthews as the Bolender Plate Coin while five early dollar collectors were playing “Early Dollar Whist” on June 10, 2006 “somewhere out East.”  [For more on this event please see the article “Old Dollar Whist” by Bill Luebke in the John Reich Journal Volume 17 / Issue 2, August 2006, pages 35-38.]  This was a fun day for all, and Bill did a great job writing about our Whist game in his article.] 
Plate Coins in the June 1974 Overton Reference Collection sale were also highlighted in bold, and as such they stand out clearly in the catalog.  They were labeled PCE1 (Plate Coin Edition One.) and PCE2 (Plate Coin Edition Two.). 

 I invite stories comments on this sale and article.  Is there anyone that was around 42 years ago and remembers this sale?  Or has a souvenir or story from it?  

[Despite the sale title and Lester Merkin’s introduction, I don’t believe this was Overton’s primary half dollar collection as the main collection was eventually sold by Sheridan Downey.]  Comments on this subject are also welcome.

Thanks.

W. David Perkins
Centennial, CO

(editor's note:  click on these photos to enlarge)


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Here is an additional note from David Perkins concerning the FUN Show:

For those attending the FUN Convention in Ft. Lauderdale next week, W. David Perkins and Gerry Fortin will have Tables 1825 and 1827 at the show.  We will have a large selection of better Bust and Seated coinage.  Please stop by and see us.

Here are the links to our websites for a preview of what we will have at the show:  



See you in Ft. Lauderdale!  Thanks.

W. David Perkins
Centennial, CO



Sunday, December 18, 2016

JR Newsletter: 18 December 2016 (324)




Our contributions for the week come from David Perkins and Sheridan Downey.

First, from David Perkins:


I spent a few enjoyable hours last weekend looking through the Newman Numismatic Portal (NNP).  I’ve collected M. H. Bolender auction sale catalogs for a decade or two.  The NNP now has a long run of these sale catalogs scanned and online, from 1925 to 1960.  The 1925 through early 1928 catalogs were printed in a small size format.  The September 1928 catalogs and later were approximately the size of our John Reich Journal.  At one point in the 1950s Bolender went back to the small format for these catalogs.

Milferd H. Bolender was a dealer and was originally from Freeport, Illinois.  He eventually retired to San Marino, California.  Bolender was the author of THE UNITED STATES EARLY SILVER DOLLARS FROM 1794 TO 1803; the first edition of this book was published in 1950.  This book essentially updated and replaced the Haseltine Type Table sale (1881) as the primary reference for the early dollars.

As I paged through a fair number of the catalogs, I noted that the early U.S. silver dollars 1794 to 1804 were cataloged using Haseltine numbers from 1925 to 1949 or so, then Bolender numbers from 1950 on.  It was fun to see half dollars attributed by both Haseltine and later Beistle numbers, and half dimes with Newlin numbers!  As might be expected, early quarters and dimes seemed to appear much less frequently in these sales than the half dimes, half dollars, and early dollars 1794-1803.

Bolender’s sales offered a wide assortment of lots, including U.S., foreign, and ancient coins, currency, Colonials, tokens, medals, and Numismatic Literature.

What amazed me the most was that by 1959 Bolender stated he had over 16,000 names and addresses on his mailing list.  By 1960 this number was over 20,000!  I can only imagine the efforts and cost that went into printing the catalogs, typing the name and address, inserting the catalogs into envelopes, and mailing all of these in the 1955-1965 time frame!

I have a number of Bolender sale catalogs in the original mailing envelopes that I purchased years ago from Numismatic Literature dealer Charles Davis.  I’ve attached a photo of the mailing envelope for the June 14, 1944 Bolender 159th Sale.  Note that the address appears to be typed on the envelope, and Bolender had a postage permit (coincidently No. 159).  I especially got a kick out of the “DATED SALE CATALOG / USELESS IF DELAYED” above the return address on the top left of the envelope!

W. David Perkins
Centennial, CO


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Sheridan Downey wrote:


I just finished cataloging the lots for my upcoming FUN Show Sale, Mail Bid Sale No.44.  The sale will close Thursday Jan. 5, 2017 at 6 PM EST, during the FUN Show in Ft. Lauderdale.  It's been a long while since I so thoroughly enjoyed fondling and describing such a wonderful group of bust halves.  The consignors, notably Keith Davignon, outdid themselves.  There is not a dud in the group of 103 pieces. 


The Sale is loaded with pretty coins, rare Red Book and Overton varieties and fascinating die states.  I will be posting descriptions on my web site early this week: www.sheridanscoins.com.  Lance Keigwin's photos may be seen there now.  The printer promises to have the written catalog ready for mailing by week's end.  Recent bidders will automatically receive a copy.  Others who plan to bid in the sale may request a copy by email, sdowney3(at)aol.com.  Lot viewing by Express Mail and Fed Ex. is going on now. The lots, of course, will be available for preview at my FUN bourse table, Jan. 4-5.

I've attached a couple of photos that should entice collectors: lot 58, a PCGS AU 58 CAC 1827 O.122 R.5; and the sole example of a PCGS AU 58+ 1839-O, lot 103, also with a CAC sticker.

Kind regards,
   Sheridan

Sunday, December 11, 2016

JR Newsletter: 11 December 2016 (323)




Discussion of rarity ratings for Capped Bust Half Dollars and the JRCS vote on participation in the Newman Numismatic Portal dominate this week's contributions.

 First, a correction from the editor:

The link provided in last week's JR Newsletter to PCGS CoinFacts did not work.  PCGS CoinFacts is here:  http://www.pcgscoinfacts.com/

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Dave Rutherford wrote in response to Rick Beale's question about halves:


You will also find other useful information there.

Best,
Dave Rutherford
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Nathan Markowitz wrote:

I would like to voice my support alongside Brad Karoleff's to scan the JR Journal to the Newman Numismatic Portal.  I can only think of positives for our club and its educational and research missions.  We are a very small slice of a large community of collectors and attracting new members is essential.  

Anyone who attends a local or regional show, or even the major auctions, will see throngs clamoring for high grade coins of the twentieth century; if but a few caught our passion (malady?) it would be a great addition to the study and stewardship of early US silver coins.
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John Okerson wrote:

To answer Rick Beale’s request for an Overton listing with current rarity values, I suggest Stephen J. Herrman’s Auction & Mail Bid Prices Realized for Bust Half Dollars 1794-1839 which is published semiannually for about $25.  JRCS used to sell them but if no longer, inquiries should be made to Steve Herrman via email at Herrman102(at)aol.com

John
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From David Perkins:

In reply to Sunday’s half dollar question:

Rick Beale wrote:

Is there an updated list of Overton numbers versus their rarities?

For instance: 1807 O-101 r.1, O-102 r.2, O-103 r.3, etc.
  

W. David Perkins Reply:

First of all regarding Rick Beale’s question last week, “Is there an updated list of Overton number versus their rarities,” the Fifth Edition (2013), the technical answer to Rick’s question is no, as there is no current and publicly available updated list (to the best of my knowledge).

On the other hand, following are a number of sources I have used over the years to get more current rarity rating information for Pre-Turban and Capped Bust half dollars, both as a collector and Professional Numismatist.

The most recent edition of the Overton half dollar book, is a starting point (Rick didn’t state which edition of the Overton book that he has).  The Fifth Edition of the Overton book rarity ratings are I believe those of the author (Donald L. Parsley), likely with some input from other early half dollar specialists.  There is also another half dollar book available, “Early United States Half Dollars Vol. 1  / 1794-1807” by Steve M. Tompkins.  Steve included updated rarity ratings for the Pre-Turban halves at the time he published this book.

The JRCS publication, the John Reich Journal (Journal) Volume 16 / Issue 3 (June 2005) published an article titled, “BHNC [Bust Half Nut Club] Rarity Ratings for Bust Half Dollars” by Stephen J. Herrman.  Steve wrote, “At the general meeting of the Bust Half Nut Club held during the 2004 ANA Convention in Pittsburgh, updated rarity rating estimates were presented for the Bust half dollar die marriages.  Included in the presentation was a summary of changes in the rarity ratings for both the Pre-Turban half dollars (1794-1807) and the Turban (Capped Bust) half dollars (1807-1836).”

Steve Herrman included a table listing the rarity rating estimates for all die marriages in the third edition of the Overton book (1990) versus the current BHNC estimates (2004).  He included a column in the table for “the year in which the BHNC last updated the rarity rating estimate.”  If this table today was updated and current it would likely be the list that Rick is looking for with his question last week.  For example using the 1807 date, O-104 was an R-3 in 1990; in the table it is updated to R-5- (2004).  Some rarity ratings went up, many stayed the same, and some went down.

JRCS also publishes Censuses periodically for each of the early silver series, from half dimes to the early silver dollars 1794-1803. The last Census for the Pre-Turban half dollars was published Volume 24 / Issue 2 (July 2014) and the last Census for the R-4 to R-8 Capped Bust Half dollars was published in Volume 24 / Issue 3 (November 2014).  The rarity ratings used in these two Census according to Steve Herrman, the author, were “based on the Bust Half Nut Club (BHNC) study published in Volume 16 / Issue 3” in June 2005.  Steve noted that the rarity ratings for five die marriages were “demoted (from the 2004 study) due to the appearance of additional specimens.”  This Census thus provides a partial updated list (missing any changes for R-1 through R-3+ die marriages).

Back issues of the John Reich Journal are available for sale through Bryce Brown.  Not all issues are currently available – please check with Bryce for what issues that he has in stock. Bryce can be reached by e-mail at numismatics@att.net .  Last time I checked, Volume 24 / Issue 3 was not in stock, possibly there is a lot of Capped Bust half dollar collector demand for this issue as it has the latest Capped Bust Half Census and rarity ratings!

The most current source for the early half dollar rarity ratings that is available to the general public is found in Steve Herrman’s Auction & Mail Bid Prices Realized for Bust Half Dollars 1794 – 1839.  This is available from Steve for $24 in PDF format, $32 in printed form, or $38 for both.  This publication is typically updated two times per year.  Per Steve’s cover pages, it includes the “Rarity 3+ to Rarity 8 Die Varieties, Overdates & other Popular Varieties, Proofs, Mint Errors & Patterns, Countermarks, Contemporary Counterfeits, and Condition Census Specimens for all Die Varieties [Die Marriages].  For example the 1807 O-104 is still listed as R-5-.  Information included for each die marriage listed is Year, Var#, Description, Grade, Price, Date, Auction Name, and Lot#, all listed high to low by grade.

You can buy a single issue from Steve, or subscribe.  For example, I subscribe and get a printed copy as well as a PDF version that I can use on my laptop and iPad when I’m traveling or at coin shows (vs. bringing the printed copy along wherever I go).  Steve can be reached at herrman102(at)aol.com

The Bust Half Nut Club is also a source of information on the Pre-Turban and Capped Bust half dollars.  Steve Herman wrote in his June 2005 article, “the Bust Half Nut Club was established in the late 1960s as a group dedicated to the study and sharing of information about Bust half dollars attributed by Overton die marriage.  The primary focus over the years has been on Capped Bust half dollars (1807-1836).  However, an increasing number of members are also keenly interested in the Pre-Turban half dollars (1794-1807).  To be considered as a candidate for BHNC membership , an individual must own a minimum of 100 different Bust die marriages by Overton attribution, should be genuinely interested in obtaining new die marriages for their set, and must be sponsored by a current member who has verified the attribution and grades on their application.”  I am not a member, but BHNC members have another good source of rarity ratings and information on the die varieties of the early half dollars.

It is important to note that not every collector, researcher, author, or dealer will agree 100% on the rarity ratings for any series. 

I hope this helps answer your question.  I welcome any feedback on my reply to Rick’s question.  I can be reached by e-mail at wdperki(at)attglobal.net . Thanks.

W. David Perkins
Centennial, CO

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Garrett Ziss wrote:

I am a JRCS member as well as a member of the “younger generation of collectors” that Brad Karoleff mentioned last week in his post regarding the potential digitization of the John Reich Journal. I am in favor of allowing the Newman Numismatic Portal (NNP) to digitize our journal for three reasons:

Reason #1: It would uphold the purpose of the JRCS.

As we see every week at the top of the JR Newsletter, “The purpose of the JRCS is to encourage the study of numismatics, particularly United States gold and silver coins minted before the introduction of the Seated Liberty design, and to provide technical and educational information concerning such coins.”

Allowing the NNP to digitize our journal would uphold the purpose of the JRCS. 

Reason #2: It would attract new Bust coin collectors.

Having our journal digitized on the NNP would expand our ability to attract new collectors (and hopefully new members) beyond the walls of a coin convention. While the focus is on attracting new collectors who are more likely to explore a website than attend a coin show, I also think that our presence on the NNP could capture the attention of another important group.  Last month at the Baltimore Show, an experienced collector mentioned to me that he recently started collecting Bust halves because he had maxed out on what he could afford in his current areas of collecting.  This type of collector is likely already a user of the NNP, so if our journal is available to view on the NNP, we could capture their attention when they search for a new area of collecting.
   
Reason #3: It would allow us to access the JRJ at a coin show.

The JRCS website provides a current JRJ Index by Issue, Topic/Denomination, and Author.  (Thanks to the JRCS member who updates this useful tool!). By using this JRJ Index in conjunction with our digitized journal on the NNP, we would be able to access the JRJ at a coin show when we need to refer to a specific piece of information.

As someone just starting out in the world of numismatics, the NNP has been a valuable resource from both the collector and researcher perspective. Before you cast your vote, please take a few minutes to explore the Newman Numismatic Portal https://nnp.wustl.edu/ and see what it has to offer.  (To specifically view examples of digitized publications from other specialty clubs, click here https://nnp.wustl.edu/library/periodicals). 

Garrett Ziss
JRCS #1465
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Jeff Reichenberger wrote:
 
Regarding the question of whether or not to allow the Newman Numismatic Portal to digitize the JR Journal, I can offer that the Numismatists of Wisconsin (NOW) board also discussed this last year and concluded we absolutely should allow it. To have the entirety of issues (50+ years) available for research, exposed nationally, to anyone can only be good for the club, good for the hobby. The question: "will members quit the club because they can read the journal on line?" came up, and we moved to wait two years - as is proposed by JRCS - before sending in the most current issues. Another consideration was that in spite of that fingertip access (NNP) to our digital archives, the vast majority of our members prefer reading our hard copy magazine verses online reading, and it is believed that few, if any, would circumvent the nominal $10 membership fee just to read the magazine on the NNP. Nevertheless, we did implement the two year policy.

The most difficult aspect of getting it done was the gathering of the entire volume and shipping it to NNP. Luckily, we have one member who is kind enough to store all the cartons of our archives in his shop, and also we have had another member who took it upon himself to have every issue of NOW NEWS bound into hardcover volumes before he was deceased, and still another member who filled in the pieces that escaped binding. The process took approximately two months. NNP shipped them back to us and our NOW NEWS was online before we knew it. They made the process easy and free to the club. Now if anyone is interested in any Wisconsin numismatic item, or perhaps some of the early ambitions of Chet Krause, they may find some interesting information in NOW NEWS.

My opinion is that JRCS should allow digitization by the Newman Numismatic Portal.
 
 Jeff Reichenberger


Sunday, December 4, 2016

JR Newsletter: 4 December 2016 (322)




We have a number of contributions this week.  First, a question concerning half dollars. 

Rick Beale wrote:

Is there an updated list of Overton numbers versus their rarities?

For instance: 1807 O-101 r.1, O-102 r.2, O-103 r.3, etc.

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Brad Karoleff wrote:

The next issue of the John Reich Journal is being mailed this weekend to the membership.  This is the last issue for Volume 26.  You will find a dues notice in the envelope, please send your renewal check to JRCS Secretary Steve Crain in a timely manner.  Life members and members who have prepaid dues need not send any more money, but the Jules Reiver Literary Award ballot is on the reverse side of the dues notice.  Please vote for your favorite article from the last year.  The winner will be announced at the ANA meeting next year in Denver.

There is also another ballot in your envelope.  We are asking the membership to decide whether we should allow the Newman Numismatic Portal to digitize our journal for their research website.  We would reserve issues for two years before they would be included in the database to retain benefits to the membership.  This is a Yes/No vote with a simple majority ruling.  Please take the time to vote on this important issue and return it to Steve Crain with your dues check and Reiver ballot.

There was some discussion on this matter at the last two ANA meetings of the society.  It was decided by the board that a general vote was the best answer rather than allowing the members at the meeting to be the only voices heard.

There are, of course, pros and cons to the situation.  I would hope members on each side of the issue would post their thoughts here so undecided members can have some reference before they vote.  A couple of the issues raised include the ever expanding use of online research, especially by the younger generation of collectors.  It would be good exposure for the club to be included in the program.  Many of the other specialty clubs have already allowed their journals to be digitized.  The main argument against the issue is that it may devalue the resale value of the old journals.  The last couple of sets that sold are now fairly shy of the $500 mark, I think we have reached a "basal value" for the set.  Also, most of us are not really banking on the value of our libraries to fund our retirement accounts.

I am in favor of letting the Newman Portal digitize The John Reich Journal for use on their website.  How about you?

Happy Holidays to all and hope to see you at the FUN show in January.  Remember, we will have a meeting there including an educational presentation.

Brad Karoleff
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From David Perkins:

Early Dollars at the FUN Convention in Ft. Lauderdale, January 5-7, 2017

The December 2016 issue of Coin World reported that Bruce Morelan’s PCGS Registry Set of United States Silver Dollars 1794-1803 will be on display at the 2017 FUN Show in Ft. Lauderdale Thursday through early Saturday afternoon, January 5-7th.   This Registry Date and Major Type Set consists of 12 early dollars graded PCGS MS64 to Specimen 66 and will be displayed at the PCGS Table at FUN.  I’ve seen a number of these Dollars in the past, but never all 12 at one time.

The 1794 Dollar grades PCGS Specimen 66, and is the only 1794 Dollar known today with a silver plug center.  It is one of only six 1794 Dollars known in Mint State.

The 1795 Draped Bust, Small Eagle Dollar in PCGS MS66 is ex. Eliasberg where it was raw and graded MS-67, prooflike when it was first sold at public auction in April 1997.  Its pedigree can be traced to the June 25-29, 1912 Henry Chapman George H. Earle Sale.

These are only two of the highlights of this spectacular early dollar collection!  There are 10 more exceptional early dollars in the set, with pedigrees to match.  Here is the link to this set on the PCGS Registry:  http://www.pcgs.com/SetRegistry/alltimeset.aspx?s=87430

I will have six cases of early U.S. silver and other coins for sale at FUN, including approximately 45 early dollars in grades VF-Mint State, with most in XF-AU grades.  All are graded by PCGS.  Many of these dollars are the condition census to finest known for the die marriage, and many are plate coins in the second edition of the Bowers book on early dollars.  These silver dollars can also be seen on my website (website address below).

Heritage Auctions will be offering for sale at auction the Childs-Miller 1794 Flowing Hair Dollar in PCGS XF40.  This is a very original 1794 Dollar.  A preview of this lot is available online at Heritage Auctions:


Hope to see you at FUN!

W. David Perkins
Centennial, CO


(Editor's Note:  Perkins also provided a PCGS photo of this week's "headline coin" (1796 dollar that will be part of the display at FUN)
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Finally, from Ron Guth:

In response to prompting by Glenn Marx, Bust Quarter collector extraordinaire, the PCGS Set Registry has created two new variety sets in the Capped Bust Quarter series:



We have also removed the enigmatic 1818 "B-11" variety from all sets, thus making it possible for collectors to complete a variety set by Browning numbers.  If an 1818 B-11 ever shows up or is confirmed, we will add it back in.


Ron Guth
President
PCGS CoinFacts - the Internet Encyclopedia of U.S. Coins

Sunday, November 27, 2016

JR Newsletter: 27 November 2016 (321)

We received no new contributions for this week's newsletter.