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 a significant number of contributions this
week. First, from David Perkins:
Kolbe and Fanning Numismatic Booksellers recently sent out a
catalog of Select Numismatic Books For Sale at Fixed Prices (February
2016). The heading for Lot
5 immediately caught my eye, “ Rare English Translation of a German Duke’s
American Travels, Including Visit to Mint" / Notes that No Silver Dollars Had Been Minted since 1803. The book was titled,
Bernhard, Duke Karl. TRAVELS
THROUGH NORTH AMERICA, DURING THE YEARS 1825 AND 1826. BY HIS HIGHNESS, BERNHARD, DUKE OF
Philadelphia: Carey, Lea &
This offering was
cataloged extensively, including the following excerpt which will be of
interest to many of us who study the early U.S. Mint and coinage:
I saw also, in
company with Messrs. Vaux and Niederstetter, the mine of the United
States, which is established here. In the year 1793, when Philadelphia
was still the seat of government of the United
States, this mint was located in the
newly-built private house, and it is as yet the only one in the United
The processes in this mint are very simple, and but a few improvements
are yet adapted, which so greatly distinguish the mints of London
and Milan. They were doing but little when we came; we
saw nothing but the stretching of the bars of silver between cylinders, like
those in the rolling mills at Pittsburgh,
and the stamping of the pieces, which was done by means of a contrivance
similar to that by which rivet-holes are made in the iron plates for
steam-engine boilers. We saw, moreover,
the cutting of half dollar pieces, which is done by means of a stamp, worked by
two men. A third stands by to place the
uncoined pieces in a box, which are then brought under the stamp by a
particular contrivance. After they are
coined, they fall by means of this contrivance into a box which stands
below. Since 1803, no larger silver
coins are made than half dollars, as the dollars were immediately bought up and
exported to China for trade, because the….
This sure makes me
want to “turn to the next page!”
Discovering information like this to me is like being a fly on the wall,
this time in 1825 or 1826. And now we
know where some of the bag marks come from on 1825 and 1826 half dollars, and
possibly the first toning on some of these coins.
By the way, the book is beautifully bound.
Kolbe and Fanning can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org and
their website is www.numislit.com.
W. David Perkins
Next, David Sunshine wrote to announce Part 2 of the Juniper
Collection, with a generous offer that could benefit the John Reich Collectors
Presenting The Juniper Collection of Early US
Silver Part 2!
The Juniper Collection is an important offering of Draped
and Capped Bust US Silver coins consigned to me by a long time JRCS member. The Juniper Collection of Early US Silver Part 2 includes a
rare toned 1796 half dime LIKERTY in PCGS AU-58 along with other nice half
dimes, quarters and half dollars. Please feel free to contact me with
any of your questions.
I also have many other coins on my website including many
desirable collector grade bust and seated coins, along with a special offering
of capped bust dimes and quarters. Many are CAC
approved and feature attractive color. Please visit my website:
mention JR News when you make a purchase as I will be donating 10% of my
profits from all coins sold thru this newsletter to the JRCS.
Feel free to email me at davidbsunshine(at)yahoo.com
if you have any questions.
Winston Zack wrote:
For those of you with a copy of the recent Bust Dime
Variety Identification Guide, I have created a document with the handful of updates and
errors that have so far been discovered and reported. Please feel free to
contact me with any other updates or errors, I would greatly appreciate it .
Pete Mosiondz, Jr. writes that he is attempting to liquidate
all of his remaining books:
A Special Offer from
Pete Mosiondz, Jr.
Section 1: Copper Books
Guide for Early American Copper Coins, William R. Eckberg, Robert L. Fagaly,
Dennis E. Fuoss, Raymond J. Williams. 192 pages. HB. New in shrinkwrap.
United States Large Cents 1793-1857,
Warren Lapp and Herbert Silberman (1975 Quarterman Reprint). 647 pages. HB. DJ
protected in Brodart Mylar. New.
States Copper Cents 1816-1857, Howard R. Newcomb. (1985 Quarterman Printing)
284 pages with 11 pages of plates. HB. DJ protected in Brodart Mylar. New.
America's Large Cent (Coinage
of the Americas Conference), edited by John M. Kleeberg. A record of the
Coinage of the Americas Conference (COAC) held in 1996 at the American
Numismatic Society. 190 pages. HB. New.
lot of four copper books, as described above, only $75.00 postpaid.
Section 2: Other Books
of U.S. Gold Coins 1795-1933 (2nd edition 2008), Jeff Garrett and Ron Guth.
Foreword by Dr. Richard Doty. Provides a wealth of information on our nation's
gold coinage. Features auction records, market values, superb photography, and
a coin by coin study. A valuable reference. 636 pages. Illustrated in color.
HB. DJ protected in Brodart Mylar. New. (List Price $69.95) $29.00 postpaid.
Expert's Guide to Collecting and Investing in Rare Coins, Q, David Bowers. 655
pages. HB. DJ protected in Brodart Mylar. Like New. (List Price $29.95) $12.00
Brand: The Man and His Era, Q. David Bowers. 248 pages. HB. Signed. New. $25.00
Kosoff: Dean of Numismatics, Q. David Bowers. 351 pages. SB. New. $15.00
Dollar Nickels: Mysteries of the Illicit 1913 Liberty Head Nickels Revealed,
Paul Montgomery, Mark Borckardt and Ray Knight. 369 pages. HB. DJ protected in
Brodart Mylar. New. (List Price $26.95) $10.00 postpaid.
Lovett Cent: a Confederate Story, Harold Levy and George Corell. 276 pages. 141
images. SB. New.
Early Coins of America, Sylvester Crosby. The
Quarterman reprint and best edition with the expanded 20 page bibliographical
foreword by Eric Newman. 381 pages, 10 plates, 2 manuscripts. HB. DJ protected
in Brodart Mylar. New. $25.00 postpaid.
and Collectors, Q. David Bowers. 241 pages. SB. New. $9.00 postpaid.
interested in buying the entire lot of eight “Other Books” in Section 2 at
$125.00 postpaid? The individual low prices add up to $144.00. Orders for
individual books from this section will be held in abeyance until Monday 6:00
If no one purchases the entire lot, individual sales will begin at that time
and inquiries for individual titles will be notified. First come – First
26 Cameron Circle
Laurel Springs, NJ 08021-4861
I'd like to remind JR Newsletter readers that my Second Mail
Bid Sale of numismatic literature will close in a few short days: this Saturday, March 5, 2016 at 8:00 PM EST. Bids may be submitted via email,
fax, mail, and phone. The sale features numerous items that will be of
interest to collectors of early Federal coinage. There are many
infrequently-found items and excellent values to be had in all
categories. It's worth taking a look! The entire catalog may be
viewed at www.BBNLA.com
Bryce Brown's Numismatic Literature Auctions
P.O. Box 16
Avon, CT 06001-0016 USA
From the editor:
Receiving Bryce's note reminded me to remind you about
obtaining back issues of the JR Journal.
To do so: