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.
Winston Zack wrote in search of a copy of the Sheridan
Downey Auction catalog from 1998 (MB 21):
In my ongoing effort to study, research and record known
contemporary counterfeit U.S.
coin varieties (along with pedigrees and other information, when possible), I
am in need of one piece of information at this time.
I am looking for a copy of Sheridan Downey's April 1998 MB
sale no. 21 auction catalog, and specifically lot 283 which is a 1787 Flowing
Hair half dollar, 8x7 obverse star combination in a grade of AG with an
I would really appreciate getting a photo of this
counterfeit, either a high-quality scanned image from the catalog, or BETTER
YET, if someone here is reading this and owns this counterfeit I would
appreciate the chance to get an updated, high-quality photo of this piece to
add to my project.
Further, if anyone here owns any example of either of the
three known varieties of '1787' FH halves, or the one known variety of '1878'
FH half I would really appreciate adding your example to my project. For those
of you who have provided images to me or given me permission to use your images
I greatly appreciate this.
Please feel free to reach me at my email address: stoneman101(at)gmail.com
From David Perkins:
Fortin and I will again have Table 910 at the Central States Convention
this coming week in Schaumberg, IL. We will have eight cases of
quality early silver and other coins, including Type Coins and rare die
marriages. I will have most of my inventory with me at the show. Gerry
will not be able to fit all his inventory in his four cases, thus if
you want Gerry to bring certain coins you will want to let him know in
the next 24 hours if there are specific coins you’d like him to make
sure he brings to the show.
other items that I look forward to, I should be picking up a nice date
set of Capped Bust Dimes at the show late Thursday, with an expected
average grade of XF. I don’t have a list of these – if there are
certain Dimes you are looking for please don’t hesitate to contact me in
coin market seems to be picking up lately – both of us have had strong
sales over the last two months. I’ve talked with other collectors and
dealers that are thinking this also. I’ve sold some Half dimes &
Dimes, Draped Bust Quarters, a large number of CB Quarters, CBHs, and
early dollars along with other coins.
Our inventories can be viewed on our websites, and contact information is listed below:
On the subject of Numismatic Literature, I am looking forward to reading my copy of the new book, 1792: Birth of a Nation’s Coinage by Pete Smith, Joel Orosz, and Len Augsburger. There is a lot of information on the first U.S. Mint!
Lastly, the next issue of the John Reich Journal should be delivered to you early next month. Enjoy.