Sunday, July 5, 2020

JR Newsletter: 5 July 2020 (505)



We had a number of contributions this week.  First, from David Perkins:

Most of the half dollar collectors and many others have likely seen the PCGS Press Release announcement of a new die marriage for the 1795 Flowing Hair Half Dollar, the first new 1795 FH 50C die marriage in over 90 years!  If not, below are links to the PCGS Press Release and a the PCGS Forum discussion on the discovery with photos and details of the key attribution points.  (photo posted above!)

June 30, 2020: PCGS Press Release
PCGS Confirms New 1795 Flowing Hair Half Dollar Variety


June 30, 2020: Collectors Universe U.S. Coin Forum
PCGS Confirms New 1795 Flowing Hair Half Dollar Variety


I have the coin and will be offering it for sale sometime in the near future.  Please feel free to contact me if you have an interest.  Thanks.

W. David Perkins

wdperki(at)attglobal.net

Cell 303-902-5366
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Steve Herrman wrote:

AVAILABLE NOW - SUMMER 2020 APRCG
for Bust Half Dollars

A few printed copies of the 8th revision of Auction Prices Realized for Certified & Graded Bust Half Dollars 1794-1839 (APRCG) are on hand after the mailing to regular subscribers on June 16.

The Summer 2020 revision includes prices realized for all certified and graded Bust Halves sold in major auctions over the past three years, June 2017 through May 2020.

Softbound, 138 pages, $28.00 postpaid via Media Mail. Also available in PDF format for $20.00. Both printed and PDF is $33.00.
Copies will be mailed to JRCS and BHNC members with an enclosed invoice. Advance payment is not required.

Note: $1.00 is donated to both the JRCS and the BHNC for each copy sold.

Please contact Steve at herrman102(at)aol.com to reserve your copy.

Thanks,

Steve Herrman
JRCS LM 28
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Paul Kluth wrote:

In response to Brad's request for input about the surprise contained in the JR Journal:
  
Wow!  The new format of the John Reich Journal looks great and the color cover and inside pages are a very much welcome addition.  Please keep it up as it really raises the bar for JRCS.  The changes are greatly appreciated!  

Paul Kluth




Sunday, June 28, 2020

JR Newsletter: 28 June 2020 (504)


Winston Zack wrote:

I wanted to share with you all that some of us are working on organizing some upcoming JRCS related talks through the Zoom app in the near future. Priority for attending these talks would be first given to members in good standing, then prospective members, followed by other folks with a demonstrated interest if 'Zoom room' space exists (I think we are limited to about 100 attendees, but I doubt we'll hit that number).  For this to be successful, we will need to solve the following items, at the very least:

1) Coordinate Zoom presentation speakers;
2) Identify how frequently we want to have Zoom meetings (e.g. monthly basis);
3) Identify recurring Zoom meeting dates and times; and 
4) Identify how to effectively share the meeting invitations with JRCS membership (i.e. in the Sunday JR Newsletter, or via a JRCS email listserv).

I have created the linked Excel spreadsheet which identifies general and specific topics JRCS members may want to see presented via Zoom.  This document will also allow members to identify whether they would like to give a presentation. Please complete survey and return to me ...email address is in the spreadsheet:  winston.s.zack(at)gmail.com
I would greatly appreciate that.  

Linked Excel spreadsheet:  

Thank you very much for these considerations,
Winston

Sunday, June 21, 2020

JR Newsletter: 21 June 2020 (503)






Matthew Bell wrote

Please find linked a press release from Legend Rare Coin Auctions announcing the upcoming sale of the Bruce Morelan Collection, which features the $10,000,000 Specimen 1794 Dollar. For more information regarding this auction, please contact Matthew Bell at Matthew(at)legendauctions.com

Link:  https://mcusercontent.com/74a0e3c37d154d935bdeb2daf/files/3159fb51-f6e6-4bcd-943c-f31c928e716e/Bruce_Morelan_Collection_Press_Release.pdf
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Editor added:  We received a few more responses about the ANA Show and collectors' thoughts on attendance.  Although the collective opinions seem to matter less now with the announced "suspension" of the show, the response continued to be overwhelmingly "not attending" the show.

Sunday, June 14, 2020

JR Newsletter: 14 June 2020 (502)

Brad Karoleff wrote:

Hello everyone, I hope you are all enjoying a limited "comeback" from your isolation.  I am happy to announce that the newest issue of the journal is in the mail.  You should begin receiving it momentarily.  If you do not receive yours by next weekend, or if it is damaged, please contact me at bkaroleff(at)yahoo.com to receive a replacement issue.  I hope you all enjoy the surprise in your envelopes!

Remember, those of you receiving a green notice with your journal it is time for you to renew your membership!  This will be your last issue if you do not send your check to Treasurer Perkins.  

Based on my personal conversations with both dealers and collectors the upcoming ANA show, if it is held, will be sparsely attended.  We are considering cancelling our annual meeting based on these observations.  What is your feeling?  Please respond to JR Newsletter indicating whether you are planning on attending the show and your opinion on cancelling our meeting.  

Thanks and enjoy your hobby!

Brad
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From the editor:

The results of the informal poll on ANA attendance at Pittsburgh looks like this so far:

17 definite NO
3 definite YES
2 unsure
1 50-50
4 90-10 toward yes
1 20-80 toward yes
1 30-70 toward yes

Sunday, June 7, 2020

JR Newsletter: 7 June 2020 (501)


Brad Karoleff wrote:

The next print issue of the John Reich Journal is at the printers.  I will be shipping them next week.  Some of you will receive a green dues notice in with your issue.  You need to remit your dues to Treasurer Perkins to continue receiving the journal.  Please do not delay, send your check today ...

There is also a surprise in store for everyone with the new journal.  I look forward to input from the membership via JR Newsletter.

We will be issuing one more journal for 2020.  I plan on a 48-page issue but do not have anything in house for publication.  Please see if you can put something together for publication this fall.  The upcoming issue will include the bust quarter census by Dr. Peterson.  All quarter collectors should submit their censuses as soon as possible to Glenn at gpeters(at)tds.net or to me, Brad Karoleff at PO Box 222 Okeana, OH 45053 in the format of date-marriage-grade.

Stay healthy and enjoy your hobby.

Brad

Additionally, I would like to propose a poll:

Please send a note to JR Newsletter as to whether you are planning on attending the ANA in Pittsburgh if it is held.

Respond Yes, No or if Maybe with a percentage.  We need to plan ahead to see if we can hold our meeting there.

Brad Karoleff is maybe 60/40 NO

Sunday, May 31, 2020

JR Newsletter: 31 May 2020 (500)

Although we received no contributions this week, I can tell you to expect the latest copy of the John Reich Journal soon ...if you are a member of the John Reich Collectors Society.

Sunday, May 24, 2020

JR Newsletter: 24 May 2020 (499)

Greg Cohen wrote

Please find linked a press release regarding the results of Legend Rare Coin Auctions’ Regency Auction 38, which was held on May 14, 2020.


For additional information, please contact Greg Cohen at greg(at)legendauctions.com. For high resolution images, please contact Patrick Braswell at Patrick(at)legendauctions.com.


Best regards,

Greg Cohen

Senior Numismatist

Legend Rare Coin Auctions
PO Box 189 | Lincroft, NJ 07738
Office: 732-935-1168
Cell:   914-882-9592

Sunday, May 17, 2020

JR Newsletter: 17 May 2020 (498)

Glenn Marx wrote:

I'm reaching out to fellow collectors for help on a research project.  If you happen to own one or more counterstamped bust quarters, it would be great to hear from you.  In particular, I'm interested in hearing from those who have counterstamps other than the E's and L's.  To touch base and find out more, please send me an email at gmari(at)aol.com

I appreciate any assistance and look forward to hearing from you.  

Thank you, Glenn Marx

Sunday, May 10, 2020

JR Newsletter: 10 May 2020 (497)



  • In response to Bob Conrad, Pete Smith wrote:

    In the JR Newsletter last week, Bob Conrad wrote, “One thing has always bothered me. Jefferson dropped off $75 in silver July 11, 1792 and went back and got 1500 half dimes on the 13th, then off to Virginia. How could the mint, in a temporary basement, process this and cut planchets and make this happen so quickly?”

    In my earlier article on “Two Weeks in July,” I commented on the remarkable accomplishments in such a short period of time. Now I will offer some suggestion how this may have happened.
    Rittenhouse wrote to President Washington on July 9, 1792, and included this comment, “I have likewise engaged Mr Voight to act as Coiner, and he has several workmen now employed in making the necessary Engines, and preparing the dies.” Rittenhouse was not just asking for approval to strike coins but also for approval of actions already taken. Thus it is clear that dies were prepared in anticipation of that approval.

    Eric Newman corresponded with Joel Orosz for his article published in 2004, ‘George Washington and America’s ‘Small Beginning in Coinage: The Fabled 1792 Half Disme.” In a message dated January 30, 2004, Newman wrote to Orosz, “A silversmith would have been a maximum of a couple of blocks away from Harper’s shop in Philadelphia in 1792. A silversmith had to have a roller for making flat sheets of silver of various thickness as he needed such a roller for trays, containers. Tableware, boxes, etc. Why would a temporary Mint project do it elsewhere? Cutting out shaped pieces like silver buttons, cufflinks, etc. would be standard work for a silversmith and half disme planchets would be very simple to make because the sheet would be so thin. The possibility that $100 is silver was turned over to the silversmith to make the planchets is reasonable because there would be leftovers from scissile, etc. and the silversmith would have the material for his labor.”

    Newman’s message covers a couple of important concepts. It is foolish to assume that the $75 in silver that Jefferson delivered, probably in the form of Spanish silver coins, was then converted into a form used to strike half dismes. It would be more practical for a silversmith to make up planchets in anticipation of Jefferson’s deposit and the approval to strike coins.
    It is also foolish, as frequently stated, to believe that the Mint was operating exclusively in Harper’s cellar. We don’t know where Voight had workers in his employment. There are several options including the Seventh Street building that was purchased for Mint use on July 18. As Jefferson’s Memorandum Book states that he took $75 “to the Mint.” He was probably referring to the Seventh Street building.

    Stewart list warrants written in 1792. Entry #2 was written on July 30 for Henry Voight to pay workmen in the amount of $170.21. This could have paid a half dozen workers for the month of July, whatever they were doing.

    Warrant #7, dated August 29, was to John Harper “for cutting, presses, castings” in the amount of $217.85. Thus whatever he did was worth more than Mint workers could produce in a month.

    Harper had a coin press. Rittenhouse had little silver disks. Somehow they got together in Harper’s cellar to strike the coins. The payment suggests that Harper also provided other services.

    The Smith / Orosz / Augsburger book on 1792: Birth of a Nation’s Coinage, covers the story of “Mint Activities July 1-18, 1792” in more detail on pages 95-98. This story, published in 2017, evolved from the Orosz / Herkowitz article published in 2004. When the story is told again, it may have evolved again. The authors hope that some of the old foolishness may be abandoned by then.

    Pete Smith

Sunday, May 3, 2020

JR Newsletter: 3 May 2020 (496)


Bob Conrad wrote:

Thanks for sending out the e-journal! I am fascinated by the 1792 half dimes and all the research going into it. One thing has always bothered me. Jefferson dropped off $75 in silver July 11, 1792 and went back and got 1500 half dimes on the 13th, then went to Virginia. 

How could the mint, in a temporary basement, process this and cut planchets and make this happen so quickly? 

My other (unrelated) question is regarding overdates. Why would the mint bother? Considering what seems to be a a lack of concern as to what die was used in what year, typically. Is it because the current  customer wanted current dated coins? Did anyone care? Just wondering if it's ever been researched.   


Bob Conrad # 194


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Reminder from editor:  Here is a link to the most recent issue of the John Reich Journal:  JR Journal

Sunday, April 26, 2020

JR Newsletter: 26 April 2020 (495)



As a reminder, you can view the latest issue of the John Reich Journal by clicking this link:


Steve Herrman added:  The latest issue of the JR Journal is also available as a link on the JRCS website home page under Latest News.
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Nathan Markowitz wrote:

For provenance geeks some real news.  While perusing an email from HLRC I noted an example of the rare 1823/2 quarter that I did not recognize.  After consulting the excellent image gallery in the book by Rea, Peterson, Karoleff, and Kovach the “new” example was indeed the coin plated in the 1925 Browning reference.  We have been looking for this XF example!  It last appeared 85 years ago in 1935 on the Louis Hemmer premium list. From the Great Depression to the great pandemic its whereabouts have been shrouded in mystery.  If anyone can fill in the missing provenance that would be great!  Stay safe all.

Nathan Markowitz


Friday, April 17, 2020

JR Newsletter: 19 April 2020 (494)

(Sunday's issue of the JR Newsletter is getting published to this page a few days in advance due to a scheduling conflict by the page's editor)

A couple of weeks ago, JRCS President and Editor of The John Reich Journal consulted with the JRCS Board of Directors to address the next issue of the JR Journal.  Brad wrote, “I have the next journal almost print-ready, but will be unable to print it until the crisis is over.  I propose to offer it to the membership as well as non-members as an electronic file now. It will be printed and distributed when possible.”

This week, the following link to the latest issue of the JR Journal is available to readers of the JR Newsletter and whomever else readers or JRCS members wish to share it with.  The “cover page” of this JRJ is a membership form in hopes that when shared, others may choose to become members in the John Reich Collectors Society.  Feel free to share on coin message boards, coin clubs, and other “social media” with your friends who share an interest in the hobby.

Brad added, “I believe we will only produce two printed journals this year but they will both be larger than the normal 40 pages so we will only be short about a half journals-worth of information.”

Sunday, April 12, 2020

JR Newsletter: 12 April 2020 (493)



More on Half Dime Lunch Rooms including Dime Lunch Rooms and Ten Cent Lunchrooms

I thank Pete Smith for his reply last week to my posting on Half Dime Lunch Rooms in JR Newsletter.  I did not see Pete’s information until after the JR Newsletter was published. 

David Finkelstein, JRCS member and researcher had sent the following information to me.  I sent a write-up on this “just as” I received the JR Newsletter last week.  What are the odds, but it happened.  Thus, we missed getting this information in the JR Newsletter last Sunday.


Both David and Pete found and referenced the same book on the Half Dime Lunch Room.  But interestingly, and logically, David found information on “Dime Lunch Rooms” and “10 Cent Lunch Rooms!”  And a few more fun advertisements.

Enjoy and stay safe.

W. David Perkins
Centennial, CO

wdperki(at)attglobal.net

Sunday, April 5, 2020

JR Newsletter: 5 April 2020 (492)


We had a couple of really quick responses to last week’s “challenge” to identify a near slick capped bust half dollar.  

Steve Herrman responded first and wrote, “I am pretty certain that the Lettered Edge half dollar is 1817 O-113 R2.  Anyone else reply yet?”


Dave Perkins wrote, “I’ll bet Russ Logan could have figured out the date from the edge on the Capped Bust half dollar!”


Shortly thereafter, Lance Keigwin replied:

The slick bust half is an 1817 O.113.

Not much is there, but what is turns out to be very useful.

Obverse: the position of S8 relative to the cap is very unusual. Extremely high. We have a couple other star positions to compare as well.

Reverse: the location of the numeral 5 in 50C relative to the talons and arrow feathers above is useful, and the Olive stem relative to the C in 50C is also uncommon.

I did a couple of overlays you might enjoy. (see the two animated overlay gif below)

The overlays were a best I could do given that the images of the slick were not square to the camera. So I had to tweak them a bit. Higher resolution would have been but so it goes.

Also keep in mind, as you know, bust half planchets were not consistently positioned before striking so there is a slight difference in centering between the two sets of images.


Cheers,
Lance

Lance Keigwin
Email - lance(at)keigwins.com
Numismatic Photography Services - https://numismaticphotos.com



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In reference to the “Half Dime Lunch Room” mentioned in the 22 March 2020 edition of the JR Newsletter, Pete Smith wrote:

The Half Dime Lunch Room is mentioned in a book, Hartford and its Points of Interest, published in 1895. The Half Dime Lunch Room is described on page 74.  Here are three related images.

Pete







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Greg Cohen wrote:

Please find linked the Post Auction Press Release for Legend Rare Coin Auctions’ 37th Regency Auction, held on Thursday, March 26, 2020. Originally slated to take place in Philadelphia, circumstances changed with the Covid-19 Coronavirus situation. After relocating the auction to our New Jersey offices, we are pleased to report strong results overall.


For more information, please contact Greg Cohen, senior numismatist, (greg(at)legendauctions.com) or Matthew Bell, CEO (Matthew(at)legendauctions.com).
For images, please contact Patrick Braswell, art director (Patrick(at)legendauctions.com).

Thank you for your consideration to these materials.

Best regards,

Greg Cohen

Senior Numismatist
Legend Rare Coin Auctions
Office: 732-935-1168
  

Sunday, March 29, 2020

JR Newsletter: 29 March 2020 (491)




Winston Zack wrote:

In my pursuit of documenting the history of circulating contemporary counterfeit U.S. coins, I've tasked my dad (retired, and bored with self-isolation) with sleuthing some information for this project.  He found this interesting clip from the 'Coming Nation' dated August 26, 1911.  While it only indirectly talks about counterfeit half-dimes, I found it interesting and peculiar that half-dimes were still in discussion into the 20th century; I would have thought by the turn of the new century they would be out of 'pop culture' and almost certainly out of circulation.  I'm sure our friend Steve Crain would have appreciated this clipping, and maybe could have shed some additional light on the impact of half-dimes in U.S. culture after they finished being minted in 1873.  And for David Perkins, do you know the year that 'Half Dime Lunch Room' menu was from which you shared in last week’s JR Newsletter?

Finally, if anyone has interesting circulating contemporary counterfeit Bust coins that may help my current research project, I would be interested in talking with you.  You can reach me at my email, Winston.S.Zack(at)gmail.com.  Specifically, I'm looking for the following contemporary counterfeits to document in this project:

1) Capped Bust half-dimes - cast and struck
2) Capped Bust dimes - struck
3) Capped Bust quarters - struck
4) Flowing Hair and Draped Bust halves - cast and struck
5) Capped Bust halves - only need a few documented varieties; and any and all undocumented varieties
6) FH/Draped Bust dollars - any that may exist.

Thanks,
Winston

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Richard Meaney wrote:

I am sure nearly all collectors who collect coins by die marriage have played this game before.  I received some photos of a nearly-slick lettered edge half dollar from a collector.  He asked if we might be able to determine what the date is (was?) on this coin.  Good luck!




Sunday, March 22, 2020

JR Newsletter: 22 March 2020 (490)

David Perkins wrote:

Every menu item a Half Dime!  

This menu from the Half Dime Lunch Room offered “5C each for all Dishes Served.”  This menu is from the collection of the late Stephen Crain, known to many of us as “Mr. Half Dime.”  Stephen collected, studied, and wrote about the Early, Capped Bust, and Liberty Seated Half Dimes from 1982 to around 2018 and was a long time Secretary of JRCS.

The 1834 Capped Bust Half Dime cutout is also from his collection.  

I hope everyone is staying safe.  

W. David Perkins
Centennial, CO

wperki(at)attglobal.net




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Steve Herrman wrote:  

I am hopeful that all JRCS members are following the health guidelines and taking extra care of themselves and their loved ones during the COVID-19 outbreak. These are trying times. However, if you are at home and have access to your coins, now is a great opportunity to spend more time studying and organizing your collection.

As a passionate collector of the Bust half dollars attributed to Overton and as a recorder of auction information for the Bust halves and the early silver dollars, I continue unabated.


new publication is now available, the 2020 Complete Edition of the AMBPR for Bust half dollars, shall become available at the end of March. The last Complete Edition was published in 2015. This edition lists the 66,000+ auction records in the AMBPR database from major auctions and mail bid sales held during the past 35+ years. First, the records are presented in order by die variety, grade, and date. A second section presents the records in order by auction and lot number. The only reasonable way to distribute this massive volume is in searchable PDF format on CD-ROM via the US Mail to your provided address. The PDF file may be copied to your smartphone, iPad, or desktop computer. In all, there are 2297 pages of searchable information. The price is $50 postpaid to JRCS and BHNC members ($60 to others).

This past week (late March 2020), over 85 copies of the Spring 2020 revision of Auction & Mail Bid Prices Realized for Bust Half Dollars 1794-1839 were distributed to collectors and dealers all over the country. 272 pages, $24 PDF, $34 printed, $40 both.

In late December 2019, the inaugural edition of Auction Prices Realized for Early Silver Dollars 1794-1803 was published. 61 pages, $25 PDF, $35 printed, $40 both.

In late June 2020, the 8th revision of Auction Prices Realized for Certified & Graded Bust Half Dollars 1794-1839 shall be published. Approx. 150 pages, $20 PDF, $30 printed, $35 both.

All the above publications are available in searchable PDF format. The availability of printed copies is limited. Please contact me at herrman102(at)aol.com

P.S. For recording your collection by die marriage, I maintain an MS Excel spreadsheet which includes worksheets for the early half dimes, dimes, quarters, half dollars, and dollars. Rarity ratings and designations are taken from the census surveys published regularly in the John Reich Journal. Totals and averages are calculated automatically. I would be glad to provide a copy to anyone who wants one via email.

Best Regards,

Steve Herrman
JRCS LM #28
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Patrick Bain wrote:

JRCS has a new Facebook group for it's members.
Here is a link for any interested members to join:


This Facebook group is intended for education and communication for dues-paying members in good standing. It is a forum for people to ask questions, post pictures, inquire for opinions, and share information. It isn’t intended to be a buy and sell site, but members can certainly communicate directly between themselves with private messages. In addition to direct postings by group members, the JRCS will also post information on upcoming events, and serves as a supplement to our website, https://www.jrcs.org/

Thanks
Patrick
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A final thought from Richard Meaney:

Anyone experiencing banks closing down and not allowing access to safe deposit boxes?  Was wondering about that today and figuring most will reason, “it is just a temporary thing.”  Anyone else considering how the hobby and the recent events intertwine?

Richard  



Sunday, March 15, 2020

Sunday, March 8, 2020

JR Newsletter: 8 March 2020 (488)



In response to John Okerson, Gary Rosner wrote:

Please pass along the linked file to John Okerson, it is on the Classis Head Quarter Eagle Varieties and is available from the Heritage website. They usually have a link to it under any Classis Head Quarter Eagle listing in their auctions. Look it about in their auction archives probably.


For Classis Head Half Eagles there is the John McCloskey varieties in the ANS Coinage of the Americas Conference “America’s Gold Coinage” book from November 4-5. 1989 which can be borrowed from the ANA library. That’s what I did. Maybe a copy can be found for sale used or from the ANS?

Mostly I just collect the Classic Head Gold varieties of 1835, but I may expand to the other dates in the future.

Enjoy collect them!
Anyone interested is welcome to contact me about this.

Gary Rosner
JRCS#869
orgmr(at)3centnickel.com
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Another response, this one from Brad Karoleff:

In response to John Okerson's inquiry on the literature available for the Classic Head Gold series.  JRCS member, Daryl Haynor, has written a book on the subject with the input of John McCloskey's research which will be issued SOON.  Keep your eye out for an announcement on how to order your copy.

Brad Karoleff
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Rich Uhrich wrote:

I have four Bust coins in the upcoming Stacks Bowers auction, all of which go up for sale on March 24.  Since the descriptions are very brief, I would like to add some additional information.

Lot 21313 - - 1833 Capped Bust Half Dime LM-3.4 R2 AU58 PCGS.  This coin has very attractive toning, especially on a capped bust half dime.

Lot 21314 - - 1835 Capped Bust Half Dime LM-5.1 R3 AU55 PCGS.  This is a legitimate LM-5.1 as verified by Capped Bust Half Dime expert Richard Meaney.  Some coins certified as LM-5.1 are in fact LM-5.2 as they have the die crack on the reverse, but this coin shows no trace of the die crack.

Lot 21538 - - 1818 Bust Quarter B-6 R4+ VG10 PCGS.  This is an early die stage (1/1) described by Tompkins as "The earliest die stage with no reverse cracks seems to be the rarest one to acquire."

Lot 21539 - - 1818 Bust Quarter B-9 R5- VG8 PCGS.  This is an early die state without the clashed arrowheads.

Sunday, March 1, 2020

JR Newsletter: 1 March 2020 (487)


John Okerson wrote:

I am looking for guidance before embarking on a multi-year purchase plan of USA Gold Classic Head coins – 1834-1839.   So far, I have not found any numismatic literature or guidance on this short series.  My intention is to acquire both the ¼ and the ½ eagle coins most likely without the mintmarks for the next few years.  I am looking in the XF45-AU55 range but eye appeal is quite important to me.

 Suggestions appreciated.

John Okerson
Arlington, TN
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David Perkins wrote:

I was looking at the new threads posted on the PCGS Forum on Friday afternoon, February 28 and came across one titled, “Heads Up Bust Half Collectors.”  This turned out to be a fun one if you enjoy early silver.  It was posted under the PCGS Forum name “Topdollarpaid.”  A link is provided below to this Forum posting.

The post was and is basically a photo of four rolls (!!!) of Capped Bust and Reeded Edge half dollars all laid out on a black background.  There was also a photo of the four rolls (coin tubes) where you could see the edges of the half dollars.  A quick count yielded at least four RE half dollars.  All are “raw” and none were in plastic holders, the “old fashioned way.”  I didn’t count the number of coins total….

If you’ve never done or seen this, laying out 100 or more early silver coins at once is quite a sight.  The last time I did this was when Andy Lustig and I were in the process of purchasing the Warren Miller Collection of Early U.S. Silver Dollars 1794 to 1803, a total of 169 PCGS slabbed early dollars.  All 169 early dollars were laid out on Warren’s dining room table!   

Here are the two photos of the half dollars courtesy of Randy Conway of Sun City Coin in California.  






Here is a link to the posting on the PCGS Forum:  https://forums.collectors.com/discussion/1033699/heads-up-bust-half-collectors#latest .  

Hope you enjoy. 

W. David Perkins
Centennial, CO

wdperki(at)attglobal.net
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Correspondence with Patrick Bain clarified that the links he provided on the most popular ebay items in the categories of bust coinage (16 February JR Newsletter, #485:  https://jr-newsletter.blogspot.com/2020/02/jr-newsletter-16-february-2020-485.html) can be used as bookmarks, as they will always take you to the current, most popular auctions on ebay.  Patrick wrote that he also uses a link for coin books, which he collects:

“Coin publication auctions --> CoinBooks

Most of the time it's just Whitman and Dansco albums, but there's always at least 2 really good books I find at auction every week from it!! really!! Usually rare and out of print coin books.

Note these are auctions, not buy it now items, as auctions can usually be gotten for less than buy it now prices.”

Patrick can customize searches to eliminate albums.  He can modify coin searches for PCGS only or NGC only or a host of other combinations.  He volunteered that if anyone is interested in other searches, just let him know!
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Greg Cohen wrote:

Please find linked a Press Release regarding the consignment and upcoming sale of the BigMo Collection of Civil War era coinage. This is a world class specialized collection that features many of the finest known examples of their respective issues. They will be sold on day one of our two-day Regency Auction May 16 and 17, 2020 in New Orleans.

For further information about the collection, please email info(at)legendauctions.com. For high resolution images, contact the firm’s art director, Patrick Braswell via email at Patrick(at)legendauctions.com.

Thank you very much for your consideration to these matters.

Greg Cohen
Senior Numismatist
Legend Rare Coin Auctions
Office: 732-935-1168