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.
This newsletter is a bit late, but somebody has to catch those
fish in Alaska, and it might as well be me! I was out for the last few
days fishing on the Kenai Peninsula with my brother. Halibut, trout,
and salmon were the targets for his visit and we succeeded. Enough of
that, on to the coins!
Jerry Zonca wrote:
I was helping a friend at
the Blue Ridge Numismatic Association annual show this past weekend in
Dalton, GA when he mentioned a counterfeit 1816 CBHD that he purchased
several years ago at a show in Dalton. We talked about it for awhile and
I asked if he kept the pictures that he took of the coin. After
searching his pics he emailed them to me. Barry Ciociola mentioned that
this is only the second counterfeit 1816 that he has seen in all of his
years as a dealer.
Later at the same show he sold it to another dealer. I have attached the
pics that he sent to me (see images below). They were taken with a cell
phone camera, so, the quality is not very good.
David Perkins wrote:
week I wrote about a 1799 Dollar “Counterstamped with the head of
Benjamin Franklin” that was listed on a 1943 invoice from B. G. Johnson
to F.C.C. Boyd that I had come across on the Newman Numismatic Portal.
I’m happy to report that three people wrote me, all with related
responses. It appears that a Civil War Token Die was used to strike
this “portrait of Ben Franklin” onto the obverse of a 1799 Dollar. I
last item on the invoice was a 1799 Silver Dollar, “Counterstamped with
head of Benjamin Franklin.” It was called Very fine, and sold for
$40.00. If anyone knows anything about this important counterstamped
Dollar, please contact me at wdperki(at)attglobal.net. I have never seen or heard of this, despite a strong interest in counterstamped Early Dollars 1794-1803.
From John Okerson:
I found it in The Medals of Franklin
by Phil W. Greenslet edited by David E. Schenkman of 1993 by Token and
Medal Society, Inc. page 212 as item GT-705. The description says
“(same as GT-701; struck on U.S. 1799 silver dollar) (blank except for
coin design) silver 39 mm, R-10 (Fuld Civil War token 153/B1)”.
I looked at Fuld’s Photographic Plates for Patriotic Civil War Tokens, Volume 1
and found what appears to be the counterstamp token on Plate VI as
number 153. This is a recent addition to NNP, so you should be able to
download it there quite easily.
From Roger Lalich:
This is a civil war token die.
See Civil War Token Society Journal vol. 6, no. 2, page 46 (available on Newman Portal).
From David Gladfelter:
this coin (or token) is listed in the current (fifth) edition of the
Fuld patriotic Civil War token catalog as die combination 153/0,
overstruck on a silver planchet (code fo), rarity R10 (unique), with
comment "over 1799 U.S. dollar". In the current (second) edition of the
"Official Red Book Guide Book of Civil War Tokens," page 130, Q. David
Bowers notes that die 153, which is only 18mm in diameter, has been used
to make "numismatic strikes", still exists, and "has been used to make
modern strikings." Most notably, ANA president J. Henri Ripstra used it
to strike a personal token in aluminum or white metal that was
distributed at the 1939 ANA convention in New York City. Because of the
small size of this die, it would be more correct to call the 153/0 a
counterstamp than an overstrike.
I thank everyone for their interest and assistance! Thanks.