Sunday, December 5, 2021

JR Newsletter: 5 December 2021 (559)

Sheridan Downey wrote:


Readers may enjoy a Preview of my upcoming FUN Show auction, Mail Bid Sale #53.  Tim Osborne again provided an anchor consignment, lots 1-64.  Tim's coins are noted for eye appeal; a great number carry CAC stickers.  The remaining lots are rife with interesting and high-quality bust halves that include mint errors, a trio of Eliasberg pedigrees and rare die marriages.  Written descriptions of the coins are underway but will not be posted until mid-December.  Lance Keigwin's superb photos must suffice for now.


I did my best to limit consignments to 100 pieces.  The current listing ends at lot 101.  At the recent Baltimore show I was presented with a small group of lovely coins and could not resist the opportunity to include them in the auction.  They are being photographed and should be posted on my web site in a week or so.


It will be a challenge to get the hard catalog printed and mailed during the holiday season.  I welcome requests to preview lots now via overnight US Express Mail.


The following link should get you to the Auction Preview page of my web site:




Sunday, November 21, 2021

JR Newsletter: 21 November 2021 (558)

Brad Karoleff wrote:

Emergency request. 

JRCS needs someone to volunteer to give a presentation at the upcoming FUN convention. 

Please contact Brad at bkaroleff(at) ASAP if you can help.


Sunday, November 14, 2021

JR Newsletter: 14 November 2021 (557)

 The collection of John McCloskey is now listed in COMING SOON at Heritage Auctions.  In addition to viewing the coins online ( ), those attending the show in Baltimore next week can view the coins in person at the Heritage Auction tables.

The Heritage Auctions site lists 870 coins in the McCloskey sale 

Sunday, November 7, 2021

JR Newsletter: 7 November 2021 (556)

 Greg Cohen sent a press release regarding three collections in Legend Rare Coin Auctions’ Regency Auction 49 which highlight Rare U.S. Gold Coins: Link to Press Release

Sunday, October 10, 2021

JR Newsletter: 10 October 2021 (555)

Brad Karoleff wrote:

I’ve been work on the next issue of our journal but could still use some content. If anyone can help with a submission please get in touch with me ASAP. Thanks. 


Sunday, September 19, 2021

JR Newsletter: 19 September 2021 (554)

Brad Karoleff wrote:

The next issue of the journal is scheduled to go out in November. In order to meet that schedule I need submissions to help fill out the issue. We will be publishing the Capped Bust half dollar and the Reeded Edge half dollar censuses but need some smaller articles to fill out the issue. Please consider submitting something for inclusion in this year ending issue. 

That being said, it will be dues time again. There will be a notice included in the issue to remind our yearly members to renew their subscription.

There will also be an offer from Heritage Auctions for a free catalog of the John W. McCloskey collection to be sold at the upcoming FUN convention in January. Although John’s collection is more Liberty Seated focused there will be some interesting bust coins available for bidding. It will be an interesting way to begin the numismatic year. 

Stay healthy and enjoy our wonderful hobby. 


Sunday, September 5, 2021

JR Newsletter: 5 September 2021 (553)


Charlie Horning wrote:

I have begun a research project on the 1806 O-111b die state. There has been considerable confusion regarding the definition of the die state as well as the number of unique examples extant.

I would like to narrow the definition of the "b" die state to be the same as the Tompkins DS-7 in his text (2 full cuds).

If our members collect Draped Bust half dollars by die variety or die state, I would like to ask them to check their collections for any 
1806  O-111 examples with 2 full cuds.

Linked below, you will see my research proposal and the request for specific information on the die state.

If my research goes well, I plan to publish it in the JR Journal.


Charlie Horning    buckaroo9(at)    

Editor's note:  Photo sourced from