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.
We have two contributions this week. The first is from David Perkins. A bit of explanation is in order before sharing what David wrote. The JRCS Hall of Fame (http://www.jrcs.org/halloffame.html) currently lists honorees by name only. The Board of Directors of the JRCS decided that we would provide biographical sketches of each honoree so that fellow collectors and other members of the public would be able to read about each member of our Hall of Fame. David Perkins wrote the first biographical sketch and this information on JRCS Hall of Fame member (in the Veteran category) J. Colvin Randall will be published on our JRCS website. Here's what David Perkins wrote:
Relatively little has been
published over the last century pertaining to J. Colvin Randall. Randall was a Philadelphia
rare coin dealer and collector, starting as best we can tell in the late 1850s
to early 1860s. Rather than host his own sales he typically consigned coins to
other auction houses of the time; his name appeared on numerous sales from the
1860s until approximately 1885 when W. Elliot Woodward cataloged the Randall
Collection of gold and silver coins for sale at public auction by Bangs &
Co. of New York City, NY.
Woodward noted in the Preface to
the Randall sale catalog, “Handling vast quantities of coins, he has for the
last twenty-five or thirty years been a most earnest and persistent collector,
and has make it a constant practice to reserve the finest and rarest pieces
which have fallen into his hands during all this period, until his collection
is now unrivalled in those specialties to which he has given particular
attention,-notably the gold coins and the larger coinage of silver. The collection now offered for sale is
remarkable in these particulars:- First, for variety…Second, for
Randall was one of the first
numismatists to classify and collect the early U.
S. silver dollars,
half dollars and quarters by die variety.
In fact, many researchers today believe Randall was responsible for much
of the research that was published as the Haseltine Type Table Catalog
for early silver dollars, half dollars and quarters. There is ample evidence of this, with R
(Randall Numbers) and HR (Haseltine-Randall Numbers) having been used in
auction catalogs prior to the 1881 Haseltine Type Table, along with
publications stating that Haseltine and Randall were “engaged in a descriptive
list of the United States Silver Dollars, Half Dollars and Quarters, a work and
thorough knowledge of the subject eminently qualifies them.”
Randall passed away in 1901. The
December 1901 issue (Volume 14, page
341) of The Numismatist under the heading “Obituary Notes” states,
The old veterans are
passing away. From The Curio, published
by Chas. Steigerwalt, we extract the following:
“J. Colvin Randall, the old-time dealer, passed away during last
summer. Mason died in September. Both had reached a good old age. Through Randall’s hands in bygone years
passed many of the finest gems that now grace the older collections.” ------
The second contribution is from Peter Mosiondz, Jr.
Please list these in the next available JR Newsletter
History of the First United
States Mint, Frank Stewart. 1974 Quarterman
reprint of the 1924 original, 209 pp. Hardbound. DJ in Mylar®. New.
Walter Breen’s Complete Encyclopedia of U.S. and Colonial
Coins, Walter Breen. New York:
FCI/Doubleday (1988). Ex-Library but clean and no markings. Tight and clean.
Hardbound. DJ in Mylar®. Very Fine.
The United States Half Dimes, David W. Valentine. 1975
Quarterman reprint of the 1931 original incorporating additional works by
Newlin, Breen Davis, and Ahwash, 273 pp. Hardbound. DJ in Mylar®. New. $15.00
United States Early Half Dollar Die Varieties: 1794-1836,
Donald L. Parsley. The new 5th edition (March 2014). 702 pages. Hardbound. DJ
in Mylar®. New. $50.00
The Expert’s Guide to Collecting and Investing in Rare
Coins, Q. David Bowers. Hardbound. DJ in Mylar®. New. $12.00
Coins and Collectors, Q. David Bowers. Softbound. New.
Abe Kosoff: Dean of Numismatics, Q. David Bowers. Softbound.
The 1933 Double Eagle. Stack's/Sotheby's Auction
Catalog New York
July 30, 2002. Original
blue leatherette decoratively blind stamped, upper cover and spine lettered in
gilt; faux marbled end sheets; original printed card covers bound in. One lot.
56 pages. Illustrated throughout,
largely in color. Special Hardbound edition of this famous sale. New. $19.00
Illegal Tender: Gold, Greed and the Mystery of the Lost 1933
Double Eagle. David Tripp. 363 pages. Softbound. New. $10.00
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Peter Mosiondz, Jr.
26 Cameron Circle
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