Brad Karoleff wrote:
Richard Meaney wrote:
Even though I participated in David Perkins' auction of capped bust half dimes, a highlight in itself, THE BEST MOMENT of the ANA for me was a one-on-one interaction with fellow half dime collector Jim Carey. For years, Jim has been collecting coins with cuds, especially capped bust half dimes. I don't know how many times I have told Jim about a cud available on the bourse floor or up for sale on ebay. Jim's passion in the hobby is for cuds. Without going into too much detail (that will likely be saved for a future article in the JR Journal), Jim showed me a raw half dime for my inspection and evaluation. Here is an image of that coin (photos by Todd Pollock):
Simply stated, this is only the second-known example of the 1835 LM-5.2 half dime with a retained reverse cud! In-hand inspection revealed that the coin is of a later die state than the previously-unique coin shown in "Federal Half Dimes 1792-1837." As much as it was great to see such a rarity in hand, the "best moment" of the show for me was not seeing the coin. Instead, I got my greatest thrill with Jim's reaction when I verified for him that he indeed had a significant rarity in his collection. Jim was thrilled to learn that his coin was an amazing find. Jim and I promised one another that we would work on an article for the JR Journal in which we would document more about how and when Jim found the coin and its significance to the half dime community and to Jim himself.
David Perkins wrote:
I had a great time at the 2017 ANA World’s Fair of Money in Denver, and with my fellow John Reich Collectors Society (JRCS), ANA members, collectors, and dealers.