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)

Sunday, August 18, 2019

JR Newsletter: 18 August 2019 (459)

Richard Meaney wrote:

Here is a brief report post-ANA from my perspective no particular order.

- JRCS meeting highlights for me were the announcements of Steve Crain as JRCS Hall of Fame inductee, Jim Ross as the awardee of the Jules Reiver Literary Award, and presentation by Louis Scuderi on the medallic and coin engraving work of John Reich.

- I worked with David Perkins at his table for general assistance and specific help in facilitating the sale of the Stephen A. Crain collection capped bust half dimes.

- The Crain capped bust half dimes were very well received.  I believe 59 of the 64 coins that were offered via the fixed price list were sold by the end of the show.  Sixteen of the twenty sealed bid sale coins were from the Crain collection and all of them found new homes.  Further, as a "reward" for those who trekked to Rosemont, IL and found David's table, a number of raw capped bust half dimes from Steve Crain's collection were available for viewing and purchase.  I am certain that when Perkins completes his accounting for the show, he will find that well over 100 Crain half dimes were sold!

- Collectors seeking the types of coins offered by Perkins and his table-mate Jim Matthews were out in force Tuesday through Friday of the show.  I noticed steady to heavy traffic (odd term for people looking at coins at the table ...traffic!) each day until 3:00 or 4:00 PM.  I enjoyed the lull in the pace after 4:00.

- I enjoyed talking with Winston Zack about the first volume of his new book, "Bad Metal:  Circulating Contemporary Counterfeit United States Coins."  Winston is very excited about sharing the research he has done on contemporary counterfeits.  The book is due out later this year ...I went ahead an ordered a copy already (  By the way, Winston did not know that I was going to write about this in my report from the show!

- Best part of this show, and every one I have ever been to, was the time spent visiting and talking with other collectors and coin dealers.  Although I don't get to see most of my "coin friends" but once per year, it is always easy to renew the friendships, talks, and camaraderie at a show.  Nearly every person is in a good mood because they are at a show rather than their usual work place!  With the loss of Steve on my mind, I was appreciative of the time spent with friends at the show.  We never know when we will see one another again, do we?

Wearing my JR Newsletter editor's hat:  I discussed the timing of the publication of the JR Newsletter with fellow collectors at the ANA show.  They felt it would be better if it were published later in the day on Sundays.  One of the reasons for that was to give readers more time to write up a contribution to the JR Newsletter based on their "coin experiences" of the weekend.  So that is what we will do, publish later on Sundays.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

JR Newsletter: 11 August 2019 (458) -- published a day early due to ANA travel schedule!

Garrett Ziss wrote:

Thanks for the strong interest in the JRCS interview project.  Here is some additional information:

Interviews are planned for next week at the following times:

Monday - during the PNG show
Wednesday – right after the JRCS Meeting in room 21
Wednesday – right after the Bust Quarter meeting in room 22

If you are not available during one of these times but would like to participate, please let me know so we can try to set up an alternate time.  If you are unable to interview at the ANA show but would still like to participate, there will also be an opportunity to interview at the November Baltimore Whitman show.

As Brad Karoleff mentioned in last week's JR Newsletter, these will be low-key informal discussions of your collecting experiences and involvement in the JRCS that will be recorded to preserve our history for future generations.  Interviews will be videotaped unless you would prefer an audio-only interview.  These interviews are only intended for the JRCS archives. However, if the JRCS is interested in posting excerpts of your interview on the JRCS website, you will be contacted. 

All interviewees will be asked the same first question: When did you start collecting coins and how did your interest in collecting Early U.S. silver/gold coins evolve? 

After that, the interviewee can discuss whatever they would like.  I have been asked for examples of possible questions/topics to give interviewees some ideas. These can be found at the link below and are broken down into three general categories: Coins, Friendship, and Education.

Thanks, and I look forward to seeing many JRCS members in Chicago, 

Garrett Ziss
JRCS #1465

David Kahn wrote:

A quick bit of info regarding the fast-approaching ANA World's Fair of Money in Rosemont, IL:

Monday Aug 12 is PNG Day, and the entire DKRC staff (that's me and Melissa) will be on hand at table 1012 to serve your needs.

Starting Tuesday, we'll be at corner table 1626, setup right next to great friend and supreme collector's dealer Brian Greer (1628), and backing directly to John Agre of Coin Rarities Online.  Thus, Melissa and I will be in pretty darn good company.  Please see us early and often!  We'd love to sell you something special, but even more so, we'd love to buy something special from you!

Please don't forget David Finkelstein's very interesting Money Talks presentation, which is scheduled for Friday the 16th at 11AM, in room number 6.

See you all soon, and please travel safely.


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

Sunday, August 4, 2019

JR Newsletter: 4 August 2019 (457)

Those readers who are traveling to Rosemont, Illinois for the ANA Show will appreciate the following contributions.  

Glenn Peterson wrote:

Hello JRCS members,

   I am looking forward to the ANA show and meeting my JRCS friends there. I want to share all the great meetings we have in store for this year’s ANA:

1.     Wednesday Aug 14 8:00 AM JRCS meeting. We have Louis Scuderi talking to us about John Reich, the early years. It should be a great program. 
2.    Wednesday Aug 14 2:00 PM Bust Quarter Collector Society meeting. We have Joey Lamonte talking to us about Proof Bust Quarters and the controversy about early Mint Proofs. A good conversation should follow his presentation
3.    Thursday August 15 2:00 PM Bust Half Nut Club meeting. We have Jim Koenings to update us about Reeded Edge Halves with a special focus on 1837 GR 23, 25, and 26. Bring any examples for discussion and study.

    I am honored to have these excellent speakers with us this year. I look forward to seeing you all. 

Glenn Peterson  

David Finkelstein wrote:

On Friday, August 16th, at 11:00 AM, I will be conducting an ANA Money Talks presentation in Room 6 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center.  My presentation is titled “Historical Documents Provide Insight About 1794 U. S. Silver Coin Production”, or “Everything That Could Go Wrong, Did Go Wrong”.  A chronological account of the trials and tribulations of Mint personnel, Mint Director David Rittenhouse, Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson, and President George Washington will be presented, supported by contemporary documents from the National Archives and Records Administration, Library of Congress, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, and University of Virginia.

David Finkelstein

Brad Karoleff wrote:

Garrett Ziss will continue a project we had started previously but have let lay dormant for way too long. He will be looking to interview JRCS members about their collecting history and their involvement in JRCS. The interviews will be conducted at the ANA show and may be either individual or as part of a small group, no more than four at a time. 

These will be low-key informal discussions of your personal collecting history that will be recorded for posterity. We have lost too many members without having a record of their collecting stories. Please talk to Garrett if you are interested in participating or be open to an interview if asked. 

I have asked Garrett to do this project based on his age and “newness” to the club. I wanted the interviews to answer the question of what a younger newcomer to the club would want to know about our club and collecting. There will be no preconceived ideas of what “should” be saved for posterity just a younger member’s curiosity and the stories of us old timers. 

If anyone has any ideas about the project please contact me at to share your suggestions. 

I look forward to seeing many of you soon. Remember our meeting Wednesday morning. Louis Scuderi’s presentation on John Reich the Early Years promises to be an interesting talk. 


Mirek Kiec and Richard Meaney sent a reminder:

If you have 1829 LM-6.1 and 1829 LM-7.1 half dimes, please bring to ANA Show for comparison and study. Richard will be at table 1533 all week and both Richard and Mirek will be at the JRCS membership meeting on Wednesday morning.

Sunday, July 28, 2019

JR Newsletter: 28 July 2019 (456)

Mirek Kiec and Richard Meaney wrote:

If you have 1829 LM-6.1 and 1829 LM-7.1 half dimes, please bring to ANA Show for comparison and study. Richard will be at table 1533 all week and both Richard and Mirek will be at the JRCS membership meeting on Wednesday morning.

Ken Seholm wrote:

In my last EAC (Early American Coppers) Newletter it was noted that in the "5 May 2019 issue of the JR Newsletter, long-time John Reich Collectors Society member, Steve Hermann, shared a copy of the die marriage spreadsheets he uses for early half dimes, dimes, quarters, half dollars and dollars." As I have only started receiving the JR Newsletter earlier this month I was wondering if I might not be able to get a copy of the 5 May 2019 newsletter referenced above? 

Thank you
Ken Seholm  

Editor’s Response:  All of the “back issues” of the JR Newsletter are available at

One simply navigates to the online version of the JR Newsletter using that link and scrolls to find the issue of interest.  I believe the issue of interest will be on the second page of recent JR Newsletters, so be sure to click on “older posts” to view that second page.  Right there in the May 5 issue is the link to what Steve provided:  

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Sunday, July 14, 2019

JR Newsletter: 14 July 2019 (454)

Brad Karoleff wrote:

The latest issue of the John Reich Journal will be in your mailbox soon. The journals went out in the mail on Friday, July 12.  Anyone not receiving theirs by next weekend should contact me at bkaroleff(at) for a replacement copy.

To honor the 50th anniversary of the moon landing many of you will have one of the original 10 cent moon landing stamps on your envelope. 

Enjoy the journal and I hope to see many of you at the ANA in a few weeks. Please see the meeting information for the club in the editor’s notes in the JR Journal.

Also, if anyone would like a number of old JR Journals for promotional purposes I would be happy to send them a box full.  You can distribute them at your local coin club or at a show to recruit new members for the society.  Please let me know that you are interested and provide a snail mail address and I will forward a box to you.

Please put JRJ in the header of your message.

Brad Karoleff 

Jim Matthews is asking for contributions to the JRCS Dime Census:

It's time again to start gathering together your Draped Bust and Capped Bust dime census information. I'm not sure what the final deadline will be for inclusion in the Census just yet but will let you know. The deadline will probably be a couple of months out from here. I know all the variety collectors are seeking a few more pieces to include in their sets, and with major sales during the past year or two of significant dime collections, I anticipate a lot of coins will have changed owners since the last census was published. The census for the Draped Bust dimes will be published as a separate series along with the Capped Bust dime census, but please include both types in your information to me.

I'm looking into the possibility of a formatting change that may allow for differentiation of graded coins and raw coins but keeping the columns tight enough to put in the most possible census submissions. Stay tuned and more information is forthcoming.

I hope a few more rarities have turned up and entered collections within our club. I know there was a recent 1827 JR-10 that turned up in AG-3 that was previously unknown. Perhaps other rarities or new condition census coins have appeared? The census will give us a glimpse into what's out there once again.

Once I update some formatting issues in the next week or so, you can send your census information by email on a spreadsheet, or just a simple list with date, variety and grade, or by US Mail. 

I can be reached at:

Jim Matthews
PO Box 1118
Mount Jackson, VA 22842


or email at:   bustdollar(at)

David Perkins wrote:

Catalogs were sent out this week for Part I of our 2019 Extraordinary Half Dime Sale, the sale of the Stephen A. Crain Collection of Capped Bust Half Dimes 1829-1837 (with a small number of additional consignments).  The sale consists of 84 Lots, 64 in a Fixed Price List Sale (opens next Wednesday, July 17, 2019) and 20 in Sealed Bid Auction Sale to close on Friday of the ANA.  The catalogs are in PDF format, with quality photos of every coin and professional descriptions by Richard Meaney, noted CB Half Dime expert (and editor of JR Newsletter!).  Part II is tentatively scheduled around the 2020 August ANA Convention.

The Crain Collection was complete by die marriage and was missing only three remarriages, a lifelong undertaking.  

If you did not receive the two notes with the catalogs and terms & conditions attached, please send me an e-mail at wdperki(at)  and I will send them to you.  

If you are interested in Seated Half Dimes and the Crain Collection of these, the complete collection is available for viewing on the Newman Portal at:  There are photos of all of the coins, and photos of the holders with Stephen’s research notes for each coin.


W. David Perkins
W. David Perkins Numismatics
Centennial, CO


Sunday, July 7, 2019

JR Newsletter: 7 July 2019 (453)

We had no contributions for this week's newsletter

Sunday, June 30, 2019

JR Newsletter: 30 June 2019 (452)

We received this contribution from Sheridan Downey:

I just posted a Lot List for Mail Bid Sale 49 on my web site:  The sale will close at 6:00 PM CST Aug. 14, 2019 during the ANA Convention (World's Fair of Money) in Rosemont, IL.  The list includes Lance Keigwin's superb photos of all 104 lots in the sale.

Auction lots are available now for in-home (or office) preview by overnight mail.  They will, of course, be available for examination at my bourse tables during the PNG/ANA Pre-Show and the ANA Convention, Monday through Wednesday, Aug. 12-14, 2019.  Lot descriptions and a catalog will be posted and mailed in late July.  Live Internet bidding will commence on or about August 1, 2019.

Interested collectors are welcome to contact me via email at sdowney3(at) or by telephone during business hours, 510-479-1585.

Kind regards,

Sunday, June 23, 2019

JR Newsletter: 23 June 2019 (451)

Dick Kurtz wrote:

Looking at my JRCS coffee mug this morning, I note that it was given to members on the tenth anniversary of the organization's founding - 1984-1994. While it hardly seems possible, 2019 is the 35th year of our club. I call that a true success!

Dick Kurtz, JRCS #049

Sunday, June 16, 2019

JR Newsletter: 16 June 2019 (450)

Greg Cohen wrote:

Please find linked a press release regarding Legend’s 33rd Regency Auction. This sale, being held as the official auction of the PCGS Member’s Show on June 27, 2019.

For high resolution images please contact Patrick Braswell at Patrick(at) For more information on coins in the sale, contact Greg Cohen at greg(at)

Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Best wishes,

Greg Cohen

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


Sunday, June 9, 2019

JR Newsletter. 9 June 2019 (449)

After reading the latest issue of the JR Journal, Bob Feldman wrote:

The Half dime sets are back. Fantastic, and four complete sets by die marriage. 

Bob Feldman

Sunday, June 2, 2019

JR Newsletter: 2 June 2019 (448)

We received no contributions for this week's JR Newsletter.

Sunday, May 26, 2019

JR Newsletter: 26 May 2019 (447)

Michael Sullivan wrote:

I received my JR Journal today (April 2019).   It is an OUTSTANDING (one of the best) issues of the Journal.   Congratulations to the Editor and Contributors.  The “new style” with an upgraded design and printing team is first class.    The “expanded” journal of 52-pages is something our brilliant members can continue to aspire to through contributions.    I started my collection of Early/Bust Coinage in 2010 (neophyte by club standards) focus on Bust Dollars (XF/AU) which subsequently expanded to Early/Bust Half Dollars in late die states (grade flexible) and Capped Bust Half Dollars in very late die states (AU only).   While I prefer larger coins, the Meaney (former Crain) amazing effort on the half dime census almost made me want to buy a half dime …. Maybe a CUD to start.

Best Regards –

Michael J. Sullivan, #729

Greg Cohen wrote:

Please find linked a press release regarding the results of our recently concluded Regency Auction #32 in New Orleans. The two-day auction event was a huge success with many record prices achieved.

If you have any questions, please contact Greg Cohen, Senior Numismatist at greg(at)
For high resolution images please contact Patrick Braswell, Art Director at Patrick(at)

Best regards,

Greg Cohen

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