Sunday, May 28, 2023

JR Newsletter: 28 May 2023 (598)

Brad Karoleff wrote:


I am working on the next issue of the John Reich Journal for distribution prior to the ANA show in August.  I need to have the issue at the printer by the first week in July.  I am currently short information to be published.  I would appreciate anyone having something to submit to get it to me as soon as possible with the deadline being around June 20.  


Thanks for any help you can offer.


Brad Karoleff




Herb Turner sent the following image to provide more information on Silas M. Perkins:

You may click the photo to enlarge it

Sunday, May 21, 2023

JR Newsletter: 21 May 2023 (597)

 Pete Smith wrote to provide additional information as a follow-up to last week's images provided by Alan Weinberg:

Silas M. Perkins

Silas M. Perkins died of wounds sustained at Cold Harbor on May 31, 1864. He was accidentally shot in the foot while in his tent. He is buried at Village Cemetery in Kennebunkport, Maine.

Silas was the son of Silas P. Perkins (1803-1883) and Eliza A. Foss (1810-1862).

He was the grandson of Stephen Perkins (1765-1833) and Alice Stone (1769-1850).

He was the great grandson of Abner Perkins (1730-1811) and Anna Perkins.

Saturday, May 13, 2023

JR Newsletter: 14 May 2023 (596)

Alan Weinberg wrote and shared some images:

I do not own the Jackson. I do own the Perkins acquired in 1990 privately. 

I wonder if Perkins is related to Jacob Perkins or Dave Perkins.

I own many similarly superb engraved Seated Liberty coins but only this single bust half.


Alan Bricker wrote: An example of the very rare 1833 LM-5 half dime changed hands recently (see PCGS “TrueView”).

This example surfaced unattributed in 2005 and attracted spirited competition between Capped Bust Half Dime specialists when it appeared at that time. It was the fourth specimen of the die marriage to be identified, and has been off the market since. Recently, it was submitted to PCGS for encapsulation.

Congratulations to the new owner, an advanced specialist in Capped Bust Half Dimes, on acquiring this highly coveted rarity.

Alan Bricker

Sunday, May 7, 2023

JR Newsletter: 7 May 2023 (595)

Gary Rosner wrote:


The second coin listed on the linked file is the 1832 LM-2, R-3. PCGS AU55 (81876910) and after studying it today there are some observations that can be added to the listing for the variety in the Half Dime Book.




This variety 32 LM2 has Reverse M in its’ 8th and last use, which is quite remarkable! Both examples I have, this coin and a VF raw coin, are rotated counterclockwise to about 11:20 or so, about 20 degrees. The die lapping below the RI in the scroll has caused the field to bulge in that area. The die crack going down from the right wing tip continues to the right side of the dentil to the right of the period. Also on some examples shown on the Coinfacts page for this variety that crack also extends up from the right wing tip into the feathers part of the way up the wing. Then like the crack noted through the tops of MER, there is also a crack through the tops of UN, seen on this coin and on some of the Coinfacts coins.


These notes have been added to my copy of the Half Dime book, so I thought I would share them with anyone else that may be interested. Any comments or information can be sent to my email address, 3cnickel(at)




Gary Rosner

JRCS #869




Greg Cohen wrote:


Please find linked a post-sale press release regarding Legend's Regency Auction 58, an official auction of the Central States Numismatic Society Convention. 


Please contact Patrick Braswell for images by emailing


Thank you for your consideration to this matter.




Greg Cohen

Senior Numismatist

Legend Rare Coin Auctions





Sunday, April 23, 2023

JR Newsletter: 23 April 2023 (594)

W. David Perkins Numismatics will have Table 1011 at the Central States coin show this coming week.  Jim Matthews Rare Coins (and Jim!) will also be at Table 1011.  We will have early silver, Type and other Numismatic items for sale.


Dave will have for sale a number of early dollars including two 1795 Centered Bust Dollars along with a dozen or so Draped Bust, Heraldic Eagle Dollars including a 1799/8 15 Stars in PCGS VF35 (CAC) and an 1802/1 in PCGS VF20.  Also for sale is a rare and very nice 1797 O-101 Half Dollar graded PCGS F15 (see photo below).  This is the first 1797 50C that I have owned and is so fresh that it hasn’t been sent to CAC yet.  


I’ll only have one gold coin, at least at the start of the show, but it’s a good one – 1862 Clark, Gruber & Co. 2 ½$ in NGC AU55 (CAC).  Made in Denver….


In addition, I’m looking to buy quality early silver and type coins.


This should be a great show with more dealers, collectors, and tables than in the recent past, a Legend Auction (with our own Brad Karoleff as auctioneer!), and onsite grading by PCGS.  


Hope to see you there!


W. David Perkins

Centennial, CO


Cell 303-902-5366




Monday, April 10, 2023

JR Newsletter: 9 April 2023 (593)

Ray Davis wrote:


I thought you might want to add this to the census for the 1818 Capped Bust Quarter B-7 Second Marriage. I located and purchased one on March 25th, 2023. I grade it a G-4, and it has the usual weak, worn eagle on the reverse found on the low graded ones. I don't know how many are in the census now, but this is the first one I have ever come upon. They have to be as rare as hens' teeth. 


 Have a great week. 


 Ray Davis

Sunday, April 2, 2023

JR Newsletter: 2 April 2023 (592)

Brad Karoleff wrote:

The latest issue of the JRJ is in the mail!

Anyone not receiving one by tax day can contact me for a replacement at bkaroleff(at)

Hope to see many of you at the upcoming CSNS show in Chicago (Schamburg).  I have a table, please look me up in the program- Coins Plus Cincinnati OH.

Happy collecting!


Richard Meaney wrote:

Nominations are still open for the John Reich Collectors Society Hall of Fame.  The two categories for which nominations are accepted:

  1. Veteran:  People whose accomplishments happened prior to establishment of the JRCS (for example, Daniel Valentine was elected to the JRCS Hall of Fame in this category)
  2. Modern:  People whose accomplishments have happened since the establishment of the JRCS (for example, Henry Hilgard was elected to the JRCS Hall of Fame in this category)

The JRCS Hall of Fame Committee will vote on nominees and forward one selection from each category (if there are nominees and vote winners in each category) to the JRCS President in the May-June time period.

You can send an email to me at richard.meaney(at) with your nomination(s).