Sunday, December 8, 2019

JR Newsletter: 8 December 2019 (475)

Ron Guth wrote:

By Ron Guth

The 1811/09 Dime Census in the last installment prompted no comments.  For the 1814 Dimes in this installment, I’m presenting a combination of the Small Date, Large Date, and STATESOFAMERICA varieties. After all the dates are completed in the future, I’ll come back and present censuses for the major and die varieties. 

NGC MS67 (Small Date) 1972644-002
American Numismatic Rarities 1/2006:249 (as PCGS MS65), $18,400 - American Numismatic Rarities 8/2006:294 (as NGC MS67), $55,200 - Joseph C. Thomas Collection - Heritage 4/2009:2227 (as NGC MS67), $46,000 

NGC MS67 (Large Date) 1901042-004
Harold P. Newlin Collection - T. Harrison Garrett Collection - Robert Garrett Collection - John Work Garrett Collection - Johns Hopkins University Collection, Part III - Bowers & Ruddy 10/1980:1583 (as Raw MS65), $15,000 - Greenhill Collection - Goldbergs 9/2006:1475 (as NGC MS67), $27,600 - Mark Gordon Collection - Goldbergs 5/2009:450 (as NGC MS67), $19,550 - Bowers & Merena 3/2010:609 (as NGC MS67), $19,550

PCGS MS66+ (Small Date) 31914894
John G. Mills Collection - S.H. & H. Chapman 4/1904:1094 - Samuel Wolfson Collection, Part II - Stack’s 5/1963:520 - Northern Bay Collection, Part II - Stack's 3/2006:4165 (as Raw Gem Brilliant Uncirculated), $80,500 - Richard Burdick (as agent?) - D. Brent Pogue Collection, Part III - Stack's/Bowers & Sotheby's 2/2016:3017 (as PCGS MS66+), $94,000

PCGS MS66 (Large Date) 37113470
Douglas C. Kaselitz Collection - Stack's/Bowers 7/2015:5120 (as PCGS MS66), $58,750 - The Type Set Collection (Oliver Jung) (PCGS Set Registry)

PCGS MS66 (Large Date) 34722550
Stack's/Bowers & Sotheby's 10/2015:23 (as NGC MS66), $15,275 - Stack's/Bowers 4/2016:13039 (as NGC MS66), $11,163 - Goldbergs 9/2018:327 (as PCGS MS66), $42,000 - D.L. Hansen Collection

PCGS MS66 (Large Date) 34899680
David Albanese, sold privately in 8/2010 - Stack's/Bowers 2/2019:1048 (as PCGS MS66), $15,000

NGC MS66 (Large Date) 1619234-005
Superior 7/2003:987 (as NGC MS66), $9,200 - Southwest Collection - Heritage 2/2008:75 (as NGC MS66), $14,950 - Goldbergs (misidentified in the catalog as a Small Date) 6/2014:320 (as NGC MS66), $19,975

NGC MS66 (Large Date) 361145-016
Bowers & Merena 3/1998:527 (as NGC MS66), $7,920 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part III - Heritage 5/2015:98210 (as NGC MS66), $12,925

NGC MS66 (Small Date)
Goldbergs 6/2014:320 (as NGC MS66), $19,975

Additional comments:
No STATESOF 1814 Dimes were included in this census because the top example was “only” NGC MS65, meaning it missed the cutoff for this census.  None of the JR plate coins made this census.  Similarly, none of Eliasberg’s 1814 Dimes qualified for this census.

Please send any comments, edits, additions, or corrections to info(at)  This Census is provided for information purposes only and may be incomplete or contain errors.  Any updates will be published in future editions.

Sunday, December 1, 2019

JR Newsletter: 1 December 2019 (474)

Ron Guth wrote:


The 1809 Dime Census in the last installment prompted one comment.  Alan Weinberg wrote about a Lester Merkin sale he attended many years ago that contained a collection of high-end Dimes.  He thought he recalled that there was a Census-quality Dime that might have been overlooked.  After some searching, I found an April 1966 catalog wherein Merkin offered “The Finest Existing Collection of United States Dimes.”  Alan confirmed that this was the sale he attended and remembered.  Unfortunately, Merkin’s 1809 Dime was described as Extremely Fine, which excluded it from the Census.  Anyway, thanks for trying, Alan.  It’s true that there are some Gems hidden away in old sales, as we’ll see below.


PCGS MS66 03142619
Superior 5/1990:3583 (as PCGS MS66), $66,000
Comments: Does anyone know the whereabouts of this coin?  It seems to have disappeared after the Superior sale in 1990.  It would have been a good candidate for the Pogues, but they chose a different coin (see below).

Raw Gem Brilliant UncirculatedNew Netherlands, sold privately on 6/10/1953 - Norweb Collection, Part I - Bowers & Merena 10/1987:409, $18,700 - Stack's 10/1995:316, $24,200

NGC MS65 566024-007
Superior 2/2002:1666, not sold - Superior 7/2003:986, $16,675

Raw Gem Uncirculated
Barney Bluestone 6/1946:917, $65 - John Jay Pittman Collection, Part I - David Akers 10/1997:545, $18,700

 PCGS MS64+ 80839200
Superior 2/1999:117 (as NGC MS64), $4,600 - Goldbergs 10/2001:714 (as NGC MS65), $14,950 - Superior 5/2006:325 (as NGC MS65), $17,825 - Heritage 11/2006:492 (as NGC MS65), $17,250 - Kevin Lipton, sold privately in 12/2006 - Bowers & Merena 6/2010:1779 (as NGC MS65), $14,950 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part II - Heritage 10/2014:98228 (as NGC MS65), $18,800 - D. Brent Pogue Collection, Part V - Stack's/Bowers & Sotheby's 3/2017:5010 (as PCGS MS64+), $14,100

PCGS MS64 34899635
Stack's/RARCOA/Akers 11/1995:2024, $9,900 - Bowers & Merena 1/1997:72, (as NGC MS65) - Superior 7/2005:959 (as NGC MS65), $17,825 - Stack's/Bowers 8/2012:11305 (as NGC MS65), $19,975

PCGS MS64 34583046
Heritage 7/2003:6522, $5,060 - American Numismatic Rarities 8/2004:292, $6,900 - Dr. Charles Link Collection

Raw Very Choice Uncirculated, called MS65 by Davis et al and plated in EUSDLester Merkin - Kam Ahwash, sold privately on 4/28/1977 – Allan Lovejoy Collection – Stack’s.  Comment: Lot 471 in the Stack’s 5/1997 was presented as the EUSD plate coin, but the plates don’t match and that coin is now in a PCGS MS63 holder.
Raw Very Choice Brilliant Uncirculated
Stack’s 5/1993:376 - Lemus Collection - Stack's 10/2005:522, $17,250

Additional comments:
Eliasberg’s 1811/09 Dime would be in the Census were it not for a shallow planchet fissure that spans the reverse nearly vertically, just left of center.  That coin is in a PCGS MS63 holder as of this writing and it is owned, coincidentally, by D.L. Hansen, the man who is attempting to duplicate Eliasberg’s feat of completing a collection of all dates and mintmarks in the U.S. series.

Please send any comments, edits, additions, or corrections to 
info(at)  This Census is provided for information purposes only and may be incomplete or contain errors.  Any updates will be published in future editions.

Sunday, November 24, 2019

JR Newsletter: 24 November 2019 (473)

Ron Guth wrote:

By Ron Guth

Here’s my first stab at a Condition Census for the ten best 1809 Dimes.  I’m hoping that someone can help clear up some of the included comments.

NGC MS65 Bowers & Merena 8/2000:1067 (as NGC MS65), $2,185 - Bowers & Merena 7/2002:120 (as NGC MS65), $10,350

Gem Uncirculated 65
Paramount 9/1978:137 (as Raw Gem Brilliant Uncirculated) - Paramount 7/1979:30 (as Raw Gem Uncirculated 65)
Comment: This coin was the “finest seen” by Davis et al and it is the plate coin in EUSD.  Though their toning patterns do not match, this coin and the NGC MS65 listed above share enough similarities that I believe they are the same coin.  Can anyone provide any insight?

PCGS MS64 CAC 05834796
Barney Bluestone, 6/1946 - John Jay Pittman Collection, Part I - David Akers 10/1997:544 (as Raw MS65), $22,000 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part I - Heritage 6/2014:30234 (as PCGS MS64 CAC), $31,725 - Easton Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

PCGS MS64 25040216
Heritage 1/2013:3931 (as NGC MS64+), $10,575 - Tom Bender Collection

PCGS MS64 34575034
Heritage 2/2012:3311 (as NGC MS65), $23,000

PCGS MS64 13126797
Richmond Collection, Part III - David Lawrence 3/2005:1112 (as NGC MS64), $8,625 - D.L. Hansen Collection

PCGS MS64 08888775
Superior 8/2004:297 (as PCGS MS64), $10,925 - American Numismatic Rarities 1/2005:344 (as PCGS MS64), $7,500 - Troy Wiseman Collection - Heritage 9/2006:1270 (as PCGS MS64, $11,500 - Charleston Collection - Heritage 6/2008:713 (as PCGS MS64), $11,500

Very Choice Brilliant Uncirculated
Stack's 3/2006:4162 (as Raw Very Choice Brilliant Uncirculated), $10,925 - Stack's 6/2006:451 (as Raw Very Choice Brilliant Uncirculated), $3,450

American Numismatic Rarities 11/2004:511 (as NGC MS64), $9,200 - Stack's 7/2008:1359 (as NGC MS64), $10,350 - Heritage 2/2014:3812 (as NGC MS64), $11,750 - Heritage 8/2016:4008 (as NGC MS64), $9,400

Superior “Auction ‘90” 8/1990:1033 (as NGC MS64), $19,800
Comment: I was not able to match this coin to any of the others listed above, but it is hard for me to believe that it has not shown up on the market again since then.  Does anyone have any insight on this one?

Please send any comments, edits, additions, or corrections to ron(at)  Any updates will be published in future editions.

Alan Bricker wrote:

Responding to Karl Lamson's commentary dated November 3rd regarding an 1837 half dime listed on eBay, I can confirm the coin was indeed counterfeit, as I believed was certain to be true after Karl had called the listing to my attention. I contacted the seller, a well-respected and successful PNG member dealer in Pennsylvania whom I have known going back nearly forty years. The coin was returned to the seller. I was able to examine the coin in person. A number of counterfeit diagnostics, including low weight of 1.21 grams, were noted during my study in-hand and under a digital microscope with photography. The seller is a trustworthy and very successful PNG professional with many years of experience, and I absolutely believe this listing was simply an honest mistake, possibly on the part of a staff member of the firm. Everything has been resolved smoothly.

Alan Bricker

Sunday, November 17, 2019

JR Newsletter: 17 November 2019 (472)

Greg Cohen wrote:

Please find linked a press release regarding Legend Rare Coin Auctions’ 35th Regency Auction. The sale features 611 hand selected lots, from the Valley View, Trzaska, Cullen B, and Piedmont Numismatics Collections.

For more information, please contact Greg Cohen, senior numismatist at greg(at) For high resolution images, contact Patrick Braswell, at Patrick(at)

Thank you for your consideration to this content. 

Best regards,

Greg Cohen

Senior Numismatist
Legend Rare Coin Auctions
PO Box 189 | Lincroft, NJ 07738


Sunday, November 10, 2019

JR Newsletter: 10 November 2019 (471)

David Perkins wrote:

W. David Perkins Numismatics will share Table 818 with Jim Matthews and Gerry Fortin.  We will have four corner tables together.  As always, we will have much in early silver.  If you are attending please stop by and say hello.  

The photo I have included is of an 1836 LM-1.2 CB H10C in PCGS MS65 CAC and is likely one of the finest known examples of this remarriage.  The 2019 Half Dime Census includes only two examples in a Mint State grade.  There are others in Mint State that are not included in the H10C Census.  

This coin has a neat die break through the date and a cud on the reverse to boot!  I should have this half dime for sale at my table.  It is supposed to be exceptionally nice and sure looks it from the photo.  I can’t wait to see it in person myself!


W. David Perkins
Centennial, CO


Cell 303-902-5366

Sunday, November 3, 2019

JR Newsletter: 3 November 2019 (470)

Karl Lamson wrote: 

There was an 1837 capped bust half dime listed on eBay recently that at first glance looked very exciting as possibly being a new variety.  The reverse appears to be die V, which according to the Logan McCloskey text was used only in striking the 1834 LM-1.  The obverse of this 1837 did not match any of the three known 1837 obverses although it was close to Obverse 3.

After studying this at length, I discussed this coin with a well known expert on half dimes, who arrived at the same opinion that I did - it's a fake.  (Name withheld since I did not ask permission to use his name here.)

The coin was sold a couple days later.   The eBay listing number is 174068341877 and was offered at $ 260.00.  I hope the buyer returns the coin to the seller.

Karl Lamson


Winston Zack wrote:

Is anyone collecting a photo census on E and L counterstamped Capped Bust quarters?


Steve Herrman wrote:

I have a correction to the name of my new auction prices realized publication for the early dollars.  

New Yearly Publication by Stephen J. Herrman

Auction Prices Realized for Early Silver Dollars 1794-1803
Winter 2019 Revision (1st edition)

   Printed format: $35.00 delivered to your postal address via Media Mail
   PDF format: $25.00 delivered to your email address
   Printed & PDF formats: $40.00

To reserve your copy, please contact Steve at herrman102(at)

Orders received prior to December 1, 2019, shall receive a $3.00 discount.

$3.00 will be donated to the JRCS for each copy sold.



David Kahn wrote:

Our good friend, noted researcher and very accomplished author Winston Zack has just published a fabulous new book on counterfeit US coins titled, Bad Metal, Circulating Contemporary Counterfeit United States Coins.  This first volume, a 265 page, full-color masterwork, covers copper and nickel coins, and in great, very-well researched detail.  I have been an avid collector of these coins since the mid 1980's, and have wanted to read this book since then.  Now, I can do just that, and so can you!  We have the books in stock here at the office, and they will make their debut at our Baltimore table, #930.  Winston will be there as well to sign your new book, if you wish, and he will also have a special, introductory sale price in effect.  If you can't make the show, I'm sure we can still get you a signed copy at the special price, plus shipping, of course.  After the show, they will be listed on our website,

David L. Kahn, President
David Kahn Rare Coins, Inc.
POB 1637
Olney, MD  20830-1637
(301) 570-7070


We had additional feedback of changing the frequency of publication of the JR Newsletter (unattributed, like all prior feedback):  “I agree with a monthly move....sometimes the amount of emails received from all sources becomes a bit overwhelming and once a month would be fine in my opinion”

Sunday, October 27, 2019

JR Newsletter: 27 October 2019 (469)

Michelle (Crain) Bouley wrote:

You are invited to celebrate the life of Stephen Crain.  Remember the happy times, share stories and raise a glass with his children on November 23, 2019, at 5:00 PM at Bruno’s restaurant in Portland, Maine.   Hors d'oeuvres and dinner will be provided.  There will be a cash bar.

Feel free to share this invite with others.  Please RSVP via the following link by Thursday, November 14th.


Jim Matthews wrote:

It’s time to get in your Draped Bust and Capped Bust Dime census to Jim Matthews -- if you haven't already. The summaries will be tallied up in the next week or so. You can send your information to me via email or snail mail. The more information we receive, the better the data produced, so please participate.

my contact information is:

email:   bustdollar(at)

address: PO Box 1118
          Mount Jackson, VA 22842

Thank you for participating.

Steve Herrman wrote:

New Yearly Publication by Stephen J. Herrman

Auction Prices Realized for Draped Bust Dollars 1794-1803
Winter 2019 Revision (1st edition)

   Printed format: $35.00 delivered to your postal address via Media Mail
   PDF format: $25.00 delivered to your email address
   Printed & PDF formats: $40.00

To reserve your copy, please contact Steve at herrman102(at)

Orders received prior to December 1, 2019, shall receive a $3.00 discount.

$3.00 will be donated to the JRCS for each copy sold.

Ron Guth wrote:

By Ron Guth
If you’re a type collector who only wants the best, it helps to know what coins are available and their provenance. The price history of the finest known examples tells us what they have sold for in the past and what they might bring today.  Provenance tells us what prominent collectors held these coins in the past and who owns them today. 
The Capped Bust Half Dime design appeared from 1829 to 1837, inclusive.  All dates of this type are common, though there are some major varieties that are scarce and some individual die varieties that are rare. The following list includes some of the finest Mint State examples known to exist of the Capped Bust Half Dimes:
1832 H10C LM-13 PCGS MS68+
James W. Lull Collection - Bowers & Merena 1/2005:659, $41,400 - Bob R. Simpson Collection - Tom Bender Collection (PCGS Set Registry)1830 H10C PCGS MS68
1831 H10C PCGS MS68
Knoxville Collection - The Mint (Jay Parrino), sold privately - Bob R. Simpson Collection - Tom Bender Collection
1834 H10C PCGS MS68
Bob R. Simpson Collection - Legend Rare Coin Auctions 5/2016:74, $45,825
1835 H10C Small Date, Small 5C PCGS MS68
1835 H10C Large Date, Large 5C LM-4 NGC MS68
Goldbergs 1/2015:1147, $21,738
1834 H10C NGC MS68 LM-4
Bowers & Merena 4/2005:3362, $13,800 - Joseph C. Thomas Collection - Heritage 4/2009:2189, $18,400
1830 H10C LM-14 C in AMERICA over Horizontal C PCGS MS68
Bob R. Simpson Collection - Tom Bender Collection
1830 H10C LM-14 C in AMERICA over Horizontal C NGC MS68
Goldbergs 2/2009:821, $9,775 - Heritage 1/2010:2468, $16,100
This list may not be complete and should be used only as a guide for further investigation.  The list relies primarily on auction appearances, population reports, and registry listings; it may not include many private transactionsor institutional holdings.  The list is dynamic, as ownership and grades can, and do, change over time.
If you have additions or updates to this list, please contact Ron Guth at ron(at)

Ron Guth
Numismatic Consultant

Greg Cohen wrote: 

Please find linked a press release regarding our recently concluded special Regency Event: Exclusively Legend Auction, held on Thursday, October 24, 2019.

For more information regarding any of the coins sold, please contact Greg Cohen, senior numismatist at greg(at)
For images, please contact Patrick Braswell, at Patrick(at)

Thank you for your consideration.

Best regards,

Greg Cohen

Senior Numismatist
Legend Rare Coin Auctions
PO Box 189 | Lincroft, NJ 07738



In response to the idea that the JR Newsletter move from a weekly format to a monthly format, we received a number of responses, which are posted here without attribution to specific responders.  Additional opions are still welcomed:

“Good idea!”

“Bi-weekly at first?  Then move it to monthly if no progress is made?”

“I think you are correct.  Monthly might be best, if something demands immediate attention, you can make an exception at that moment.”

“The main issue is lack of contributions these days.  I’m not sure going to monthly would solve this but it might help – you’d have to send out a reminder or two.  Biweekly (twice a month) might be another alternative to consider.  It would be great if we could get more contributions.”

“My opinion is to stay weekly.  Only recently have we had weeks with no contributions.”

Sunday, October 20, 2019

JR Newsletter: 20 October 2019 (468)

Stop me if you have heard this one before:  No contributions for the week.

Am considering moving the JR Newsletter from a weekly to a monthly, which might be better aligned with the flow of information.  Opinions are welcome.

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Sunday, September 29, 2019

JR Newsletter: 29 September 2019 (465)

One contribution this week:

Please find linked a press release regarding Legend Rare Coin Auctions’ recently concluded Regency Auction 34, which took place on the evening of September 26, 2019.

If you have any questions, please contact Greg Cohen, senior numismatist. For high resolution images, please contact Patrick Braswell, art director.

Thank you for your consideration on these materials.

Best regards,
Greg Cohen

Senior Numismatist
Legend Rare Coin Auctions
PO Box 9 | Lincroft, NJ 07738


Sunday, September 22, 2019

JR Newsletter: 22 September 2019 (464)

Brad Karoleff wrote:

I have a limited number(6) of the half dime books new condition, never opened, for sale.
They are $175 each plus shipping.  You can choose either book rate or Priority.

Email me at bkaroleff(at) to order yours.  Please include your shipping address and postage choice.



From David Perkins:

Revisiting Old Dollar Whist 

I was thinking the other day about the time five John Reich members played “Old Dollar Whist,” as termed by Bill Luebke.  For those of you who don’t know Bill, he collected the early dollars by die marriage with over 100 marriages when he sold his collection, and importantly was the founder of JR News (along with “Jazzy Cat!”).

The rules are pretty simple, and are laid out in Penny Whimsey, a book on early American Large Cents by William H. Sheldon.  While the book describes old cent whist for Large Cents by die marriage it certainly can be applied to other denominations of early U.S. coins collected by die marriage, from half cents to early dollars and gold.  Here is the description from page 336 (1965 Printing):

“The late Dr. George French, who brought together one of the most famous collections of early cents, loved to compare and match his collection against that of others.  He invented a game which he used to call old cent whist.  It was a game usually played by two and the idea was to score points against an opponent’s collection.  Each of the known varieties then numbering about 270 [for Large Cents], was taken up in order.  You started with the Chain AMERI. Variety, which is the 1-A of 1793, and you put your coin up on the table.  Your opponent in turn produced his Chain AMERI. and the two pieces were compared to determine which was of superior condition.  Possession of the variety, in any condition, counted one point.  Possession of a piece superior to that of your opponent counted another point.  So, for each variety you could score one point, two points, or no points, as could your opponent.  If you had the variety and your opponent lacked it, you beat him two to nothing.  If he had one, but inferior to yours, you beat him two to one.  If his coin about tied yours in condition, you each scored one point.”

I am aware of Whist being played in the past with Half Cents, Large Cents, and early Dollars 1794 to 1803 – all by die marriage.  I’m also aware of Whist being played with subsets of a series as mutually agreed upon.  And games with more than just two players.

Here is a John Reich Journal article from August 2006 written by Bill Luebke about a game of “Old Dollar Whist” played in 2006 with five players, all current John Reich members and collectors of the early dollars 1794 to 1803 by die marriage.  The story begins on page 35 of the Journal.  You can quickly bring this article up on your screen by clicking on the link for Volume 17 / Issue 2 as archived on the Newman Portal.  

I hope you enjoy reading this article by Bill, and hope it encourages collectors of early half dimes, dimes, quarters, and half dollars to maybe give it a try someday.  

W. David Perkins
Centennial, CO

Sunday, September 15, 2019

JR Newsletter: 15 September 2019 (463)

David Perkins wrote:

Prior to this year’s ANA Convention, fellow collector and JRCS member Mike Clark and I signed up for a visit to Dan Hamelberg’s Library and home.  This visit was scheduled for the Sunday after the annual ANA Convention in Chicago.  

While we went primarily for the Numismatic content, we were pleasantly surprised to see historical items from the early United States including rare maps, manuscripts, autographs, coin art and coin glass, baseball memorabilia and many other items in this extensive collection.  

Click on the link below to see a short video of what is termed” The Invasion of Champaign.” Imagine a library collection with over 13,000 Numismatic auction catalogs that would cover five football fields of linear space!  Or one favorite of mine, a plate photo from the June 25-27, 1890 Parmelee Sale together with two of the actual coins plated, the 1796 15 Stars and 16 Stars Half Dollars in PCGS AU55 and PCGS XF45 respectively!  These are both “First Year of Issue” coins that Dan also collects.

How about a neat coin clock made out of 1878 dated Liberty Seated Dollars, Half Dollars, Quarters and Dimes.  Or the inventory (book) of the Col. E.H.R. Green coin collection, prepared by F.C.C. Boyd (of World’s Greatest Collection fame).  And an original Revolutionary War map of Boston.    

 Warning, you may want to periodically pause the video in order to study all the items visible in the video background.

Link to video:

Needless to say, it was quite a day!   

W. David Perkins
Centennial, CO

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Sunday, August 25, 2019

JR Newsletter: 25 August 2019 (460)

Steve Herrman wrote:

Video recordings of the JRCS, BQCS, and BHNC general meetings held at the 2019 ANA WFOM are now available on the JRCS website (

Click on the icon in the upper left corner, and under Resources, select Recordings of Meetings to see the list of videos.

Steve Herrman

From the JRCS Board of Directors meeting:

The JRCS would love to have a presence on social media.  Is there someone who has social media skills and willingness to share in order to help the JRCS attract new interest?  If so, please contact JRCS President via email:  bkaroleff(at)