The JR Newsletter is the official e-newsletter of the John Reich Collectors Society. The purpose of the John Reich Collectors Society (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.
Louis Scuderi wrote with a request for images of half dimes:
I am doing some research on late die state and full reverse cud
capped bust half dimes.I am seeking
images of coins with reverse cuds and also of coins that are late die state just before formation of the cud.Specifically, I am requesting images for the
following die marriages and your permission to use the images (with
acknowledgement) when the research is presented in the JR Journal:
Images and correspondence should go to cirque1(at)gmail.com
Bob Stark wrote in response to Glenn Peterson's discussion
of bust dollars studied at the EAC-JRCS "Happenings" event:
Thanks, Glenn for writing on the 1798 B-16 MS 62. It is a
beautiful coin illustrated on page 172 of the newer Bowers dollar book and,
apparently, the finest known.
My coin, purchased for me by Jules Reiver at the 1975 ANA,
graded a VF 20 there and Ex-Blanchard, Austin, and Ostheimer. It was thought to
be unique "without any trace of the usual break". However, I'm told that a few others, without
evidence of a break, are known.
With four die states, B-16 seems a neat candidate for a die
Mike Sherrill wrote with a question for readers about rarity
When a die marriage is given a particular rarity
rating, what exactly does this mean?
I grew up with the dime book - my definition of
rarity probably derived from page 20 and is "estimated number of
surviving examples in all grades, both attributed and not". But to take
other examples, the 1836 B5 quarter is widely regarded as R6, in one of
the quarter books "15-17 known". In the latest dime census,
the 1820 JR12 is listed as R6 with 17 reported. My first thought is,
"these are actually R5+ die marriages".
The previous two examples are far from isolated and so
I'm curious how others define rarity. Is it similar to my definition
above?Is it "number of unique
examples identified" like the previous examples? Is there a right way to
define it? Is it just a question of
sellers inflating rarity and buyers downplaying it? The differentiation is much
less important for the R4 and more common die marriages, but the rarer die
marriages are the focus of many of our collections.