Sunday, February 11, 2024

JR Newsletter: 11 February 2024 (617)

Steve Herrman and Brad Karoleff wrote to us to tell us about our speaker and topic for this Wednesday’s JRCS meeting via Zoom at 7 PM Easter.  We have a topic for the meeting, 'Becoming a Nut', a 15-20 minute talk by Paul Nies.



Jerry Zonca wrote: 


 I've composed a short piece to add to the Newsletter along with a linked PDF document with a listing of the remaining 18 Capped Bust Half Dollars from my collection of 445 die marriages. All of the coins that remain in my collection are R-4+ or higher rarities.

Linked document is here:


Over the past few years I have been selling off my coin collection and my collection of Capped Bust Half Dollars (CBHDs). I did not have the resources to buy really nice straight graded coins until about 10 years ago when I started to upgrade some of my earlier purchases of the more common die marriages (DMs). The philosophy of my collecting CBHDs was that I wanted to get as many DMs as possible as quickly as possible. If I found a coin with obvious problems, like being cleaned or hair lined, and it was listed as a R-4 coin or rarer, I would purchase the piece if the problem was not extreme with the intention of upgrading at a later date. The CBHDs collection peaked at 445 die marriages and at that point I realized that I was not getting any younger and nobody in my family has any interest in my collection.


  In late October of 2023 I sent off all of my raw CBHDs to PCGS for grading and encapsulation. The last group was received in the first week of January of this year and it surprised me. Some of the coins that I had graded came back with details grading and some of the coins that had problems that would eliminate them from a straight grade came back straight graded. Of the 18 remaining coins, all of them are R-4+ or higher rarities, which means that there are fewer than 120 or less known of these DMs. Twelve have been details graded and I have included the pedigree of all of the coins, if known.


 The coins are being sold on a first come first served basis and any reasonable offers will be considered. If an offer is submitted and I accept or counter offer, you have 24 hours to decide on the counter offer. All coins are being sold as is and no returns will be accepted. If you want an opinion about something on a coin or a condition that the photos do not show clearly, I will do my best to explain what I see but please remember that I am not a professional grader. The buyer is responsible for the shipping costs and I only ship via USPS 3-day Priority with signature required for about $17.00 or USPS Registered Mail for about $28.00 and which way to ship is your decision.


Please send any offers or questions to me at jazonca(at)


Thanks for taking the time to look over the list; Take Care and Be Safe,

Jerry Zonca BHNC #150 and JRCS #1037

Sunday, January 21, 2024

JR Newsletter: 21 January 2024 (616)

Brad Karoleff wrote:


The next JRCS zoom meeting is Wednesday February 21st at 7PM EDT.


We need a volunteer for a presentation.  








Gary Rosner wrote:


Here is a nice-looking half dollar I put into my coin collection today. I thought I would share it as eye candy for the JR Newsletter.  It is an 1806 O-123 an R.5- variety. The coins appearance is exceptional (in my opinion).


Take care,


Gary Rosner

JRCS #869

(click on the photo to enlarge it)


Sunday, December 31, 2023

JR Newsletter: 31 December 2023 (615)

Alan Bricker wrote:

The 1832 LM-9.1 Capped Bust Half Dime being offered in David Perkins' January 2024 SB Half Dime Sale as Lot 2407 is an old friend of mine. The late Don Frederick displayed it from his personal collection during the 1991 100thAnniversary ANA “World’s Fair of Money” at the Rosemont O’Hare Convention Center (Chicago area). Don was a knowledgeable collector-dealer best known in Bust Halves circles. After some haggling, I was able to acquire the coin from Don via a private transaction. It became a very important addition to a growing Capped Bust Half Dimes collection during my peak years of collecting the series. In 1994 I passed it on to Glenn Peterson as part of a three-way deal with Russ Logan. Hopefully it would now pass on to a new owner who will come to appreciate it as much as I did while it remained in my personal collection for several years.

Sunday, December 10, 2023

JR Newsletter: 10 December 2023 (614)

Steve Herrman wrote:


The new December 2023 revision of Auction Prices Realized for Early Silver Dollars 1794-1803, Number 5, is now available. The availability of printed copies is limited. $3 is donated to JRCS for each copy sold.


Printed copies are $40 postpaid via Media Mail

PDF format copies are $28 via Email

Both printed and PDF format copies are $46


Please contact Steve Herrman at herrman102(at)



David Perkins wrote:


2023-4 Extraordinary Half Dime Sale

W. David Perkins Numismatics


W. David Perkins Numismatics will be hosting a Capped Bust Half Dime Sale in December 2023 and January 2024.  We will have Table 115 at the 2024 FUN Coin Show in Orlando.


A fixed price offering will be held by mail starting December 15th.  A priced catalog will be send at this time.


The Sealed Bid Sale will close Thursday January 4th at 6PM EST.  Those on our Capped Bust half dime distribution list will receive preliminary catalogs this weekend.  


If you are not on our list just send me an e-mail and I’ll forward copies to you.  


See you in Orlando!


W. David Perkins

Centennial, CO


Cell 303-902-5366


 (a couple of pretty coins from Perkins' catalogs are shown below...Editor)

Sunday, December 3, 2023

JR Newsletter: 3 December 2023 (613)

Brad Karoleff wrote about the latest issue of the John Reich Journal:


The latest issue, our 100th!, is back from the printer and being mailed in the next couple days.


If anyone does not receive theirs by the 20th please let me know at bkaroleff(at) and I will send out a replacement.  


As you will see this is a 72-page issue.  The membership has stepped up to my request to make the 100thissue something special.   With that came extra expenses in printing, postage and envelopes.  You will find a request in with the journal for donations to help defray the expense of this double issue.  You will also find a dues notice for next year if you are an annual member.  Please forward your check to David as soon as possible to make his bookkeeping responsibilities easier.  You will also find the voting ballot for this years’ Jules Reiver Literary Award.  Please vote for up to 3 articles and return your ballot to David with your dues check.


I look forward to seeing many of you at the upcoming FUN convention in Orlando.  The JRCS meeting will feature a presentation by Chris Pilliod and David Finkelstein on the 1795 plug dollars.  I am especially looking forward to seeing what these two sleuths have uncovered this time!


Now, Dasher now Dancer now Prancer and Vixen.  On Comet, on Cupid, on Donner and Blitzen.  To the top of the aisle to the top of the case now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!  As the cherries are scattered before the wild hurricane fly when they meet with a buyer into the collection they go!  With a sleigh full of NEWPS and a wallet as empty as snow each of us run to catalog the coins anew.  And away the collectors all flew like the down of a thistle and I heard them say Happy Holidays to all and to all a good night!



Sunday, November 26, 2023

JR Newsletter: 26 November 2023 (612)

2024 FUN Show JRCS Presentation: "A Fresh Look at the 1795 Silver Plug Dollar" by Christopher Pilliod and David Finkelstein.

   Based on preliminary evidence, the long-held theories about why a silver plug was added to a number of 1795 Flowing Hair Silver Dollars may be wrong. A third potential reason under study will be shared with the club at FUN 2024.  Details TBA (check the FUN Show program).

Sunday, November 12, 2023

JR Newsletter: 12 November 2023 (611)

Brad Karoleff wrote:

As the holidays race towards us there are a few things going on in the world of JRCS. As I’m sure all you remember I called for a jumbo issue of the journal for our 100th issue. The membership responded very positively granting me with almost a full double issue. With that came extra work that is almost done. The issue will be out in early December. 

It also came with additional un planned for circumstances. In my enthusiasm to put out a special issue I semi-planned for additional printing costs but did not think about needing different envelopes and the additional postage needed to mail them.  In discussion with our esteemed treasurer we determined that it would be prudent to raise $3000 to keep the treasury in a healthy condition. 

So, here I am with hat in hand asking the membership to consider donating to the cause. I have already received commitments from a few members for a $100 donation. If you could see to sending something it would be highly appreciated. Checks should be made out to JRCS and please send a note with it letting Dave know it is a journal donation. Send them to JRCS, PO Box 3039 Centennial CO 80161. 

We also have had two members who have downsized their numismatic library and donated their JRJ’s to the society. I can add recent numbers to make virtually complete sets. These are being offered for $500 plus UPS shipping to the first two respondents to bkaroleff(at) All the early issues are present and represent a good value for anyone wanting a set of our journals. 

Thanks to everyone who helps with a donation to our society. Any monies collected over the requested amount will be held in the treasury to offset miscellaneous future expenses. 

Happy holidays and I’m looking forward to seeing many of you at the upcoming FUN convention in January.