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

Sunday, August 22, 2021

JR Newsletter: 22 August 2021 (552)


Winston Zack wrote:


On September 1st I plan to start contacting folks via email about collecting the 2021 census on counterfeit CBHs.  The last census was conducted in 2019 by Larry Schmidt with the results posted at, and Larry has agreed to let me take the reins for this 2021 census.  Since the 2019 census, many new varieties have been documented; additional examples of scarcer varieties have been identified; new collectors have started collecting these counterfeits; and more generally, collections have grown, shrunk, and been sold.  

Larry has provided me with a confidential list of prior census participants who I plan to contact via email on September 1.  In addition, if you have not been previously contacted about being included in this census and you would like to participate this year, please send an email to – to be added to the contact list.  Additional details about this census will be included in the email you receive from me on September 1.

After the census is complete, on or around October 31 I will provide a summary report documenting the results of this census to all participants.  In addition, that report, or a similar version, will be posted on the website before the end of 2021.



Winston Zack

Sunday, August 8, 2021

JR Newsletter: 8 August 2021 (551)

David Perkins wrote:

Hope to see many of you at the ANA Convention and JRCS Meeting this coming week!


W. David Perkins Numismatics will have Table 611 featuring a prime Central Location on the Bourse.  Richard Meaney, Jim Matthews, and I will be behind the table and look forward to seeing our fellow collectors and dealers.


Highlights include Part I of the Sale of the Richard Meaney CB Half Dime Reference Collection which we purchased a few months ago.  This complete set of all known die marriages and remarriages, dates and types, is truly Extraordinary.  Formed over 20 plus years, with over three fourths of the collection with CAC Stickers.  Eye appeal abounds.


We will also have on display “The Long Island Collection of Dimes,” a high grade and eye appealing date set of Draped and Capped Bust Dimes.   


Along with the above two items we’ll have numerous Draped and Capped Bust half dimes, dimes, half dollars, nearly two dozen early dollars, along with Type and a relatively large selection of early and other gold from a multi-million dollar Denver Estate Collection started in the late 1950s!  Dates and denominations for the early gold include 1795, 1797 (2 coins), 1799 (2), 1800, 1801, and 1803; 1800 and 1820 $5, and 1805 $2.50.  

Should be an exciting and blockbuster show!


W. David Perkins

Centennial, CO 


Cell 303-902-5366


Sunday, August 1, 2021

JR Newsletter: 1 August 2021 (540)


Brad Karoleff wrote:

The latest JR Journal should be in everyone’s hands now.  
If you have not received yours please drop me a line at for a replacement issue.

Hopefully many of you will be at the ANA in a couple weeks to see the presentation by Richard Meaney, 
at our annual meeting Wednesday morning in room 7 of the Stephens Convention center.


Editor added:  The official ANA program shows that the Aug 11 meeting of the JRCS will start at 8:30 AM.
Also, there may be an early JR Newsletter next week or no JR Newsletter next week depending on 
reader contributions and this editor's travels that will have him planted at table 611 in Rosemont. 

Sunday, July 25, 2021

JR Newsletter: 25 July 2021 (539)



Dave Kahn wrote:

David Kahn Rare Coins, Inc. is proud to announce that we recently acquired the Dick Graham Reference Collection of Reeded Edge Bust half dollars!  The collection lacks just a few things that Dick sold over the last few years or was never able to acquire - his 36 Reeded, 39 Small Letters, the 2 super-rare 39-O marriages, and the 38-O - but everything else is here and will be available at the ANA in Rosemont in just a couple weeks.  


There are several Plate coins from his book, a few finest known and high CC coins, and lots of interesting die states too.  Most of the coins are in very collectible grades of XF through AU58, all are in PCGS or NGC holders, and nearly all carry the GR attribution on the label.  We're particularly impressed with the quality and eye appeal of the 1839's ...if you collect this series or just want to assemble a date run of choice coins, you likely appreciate how tough those are to find.  In addition to the coins, we will have copies of Dick's book available (we have just a few left from the second printing, and we have been told in no uncertain terms there will not be a third printing), and we will also have Dick there to answer any questions, offer additional info about the coins and even sign your book!  


We look forward to seeing you there. ...table #426.  Contact Sales(at) for more information.

Sunday, July 18, 2021

JR Newsletter: 18 July 2021 (538)


Readers will recall that Winston Zack asked how many capped bust half dollars might fit into a bushel, all as part of his research into contemporary counterfeit coinage.


Winston received two responses directly, which he summarized with a spreadsheet.  You may view this spreadsheet in pdf format, by clicking here.




Thomas Little responded:  Thanks, there must have been a lot of these.  I was at a flea market in Wilmington Vermont one weekend about 25 years ago where I guy had an earlier bust half for sale which I did not recognize as such for around $75.  



Steve Herrman responded (included in Winston’s spreadsheet):  Assuming a 32.5 mm (1.28 inch) diameter and a 2.0 mm (0.0787 inch) thickness, the volume taken up by Contemporary Counterfeit Bust half dollars arranged in a rectangular grid would be 1.28 x 1.28 x 0.0787 = 0.128942 cubic inches.


Dividing a bushel (2150.42 cubic inches) by 0.128942 cubic inches per coin = 16,677 coins


The weight would be 16,677 x 13.48 grams (0.0297 pounds) = 495.6 pounds


Steve Herrman



Gary Rosner responded (included in Winston’s spreadsheet):  25,814


Here is the math I used.

 One bushel equals two 5 gallon buckets.

 One 5 gallon bucket has a inside volume of about 1110 cubic inches.

 So one bushel has a inside volume of about 2220 cubic inches.

 A CBH is 1.28” diameter x .067” think, about?

 Volume of a CBH is about .086 cubic inches.

 2220 cubic inches / .086 cubic inches = 25814, that is an estimate of course.

 That was fun!





PS: It must have been super heavy if each CBH is about 13.48g or about .0297 lbs, then x 25,814 is about 767 lbs, wow!



Steve Herrman also wrote about a scheduled JRCS meeting:

JRCS Quarterly Zoom Meeting Scheduled for July 21 Has Been Canceled


There was no volunteer to present or topics to discuss.


The next JRCS Quarterly Zoom Meeting is scheduled for September 15 at 7:00 PM EDT (4:00 PM PDT).






Sheridan Downey wrote:




The sale closes at 6 PM CDT, Wednesday August 11, 2021, day 2 of the ANA’s World’s Fair of Money in Rosemont, IL.  Auction lots, photos and descriptions are available on my web site,  Bidding is already underway.  The coins will be available for preview at my bourse tables, nos. 317 and 416.


There are 120 coins in the sale.  The watchwords for this sale are Eye Candy.  The principal consignor, Tim Osborne, spent over 30 years on the hunt for bust half-dollars with exceptional eye appeal.  His patience and practiced eye paid off.  The 60 pieces laid before us in Part 1 of the Sale (Lots 1-60) will remind you of the collections of Gehring Prouty and Keith Davignon.  Not a dud in the bunch.  When reviewing Tim’s coins pay special attention to his AU 55s.  I have not before seen so many in one collection that left me to wonder, “Why not AU 58?”  John Albanese, owner of CAC, probably felt the same way.  In June I sent him 56 of Tim’s coins; 38 came back with stickers, including one gold.  That is a remarkable batting average!


Dr. Charles Link surprised me with a late consignment of high-grade coins and interesting die states.  I hurriedly submitted 16 coins to CAC; 9 came back with stickers.  Again, a wonderful result and a testament to his experienced eye.  Chuck’s coins are in Part 2 of the Sale, Lots 61-88.  I was particularly taken with John Jay Pittman’s 1827.


Howard Sharfman decided to move from bust halves to other numismatic arenas.  He was kind enough to sell me his no. 1 rated “Everyman Registry Set” of capped bust half-dollars awhile back.  Legend will sell his Registry Set of Early Half-Dollars with Major Varieties in September.  If you hanker for 5 and 6 figure coins be sure to ask Legend for a catalog.  Part 3 of this Sale, Lots 89-94, is Howard’s consignment of rare capped bust die marriages.  The highlight is his R.5+ PCGS AU 58 1827 O.144.  Or perhaps you will prefer his dazzling 1809 XXX edge, PCGS AU 58 with CAC sticker.


Several other collectors generously offered one or more pretty coins for the sale.  You will find them in Part 4, Lots 95-107.  The highlight is Louis Eliasberg’s 1818 O.111 but don’t overlook the gorgeous 1813 O.103, 1818/7 O.101 and 1819 O.114.


The sale concludes with a modest selection from the incomparable collection of bust half errors assembled by Henry Hilgard.  The collection has remained intact since it was purchased by a single buyer, not long after Henry died in 2013.  This is the first public offering of error coins from the Hilgard collection.


Anyone with questions is welcome to call or email me.


Sheridan Downey


Ph.: 510-479-1585


Editor added:  You can view this sale here: (and the “headline coin” for this week’s JR Newsletter comes from Sheridan’s catalog!).







Sunday, July 11, 2021

JR Newsletter: 11 July 2021 (537)


Winston Zack wrote:


I'll get right to the point.  I'm researching counterfeit Capped Bust Half Dollars for my next book. In several cases when counterfeiters got arrested the newspapers reported the quantity of counterfeit CBHs found in terms of bushels (8 dry gallons); apparently bushels were quite common, and many counterfeiters used them to accumulate their counterfeit coins and presumably other artifacts of counterfeiting. While this measure and volume was probably decently understood 'back in the day', it does not help me understand how many CBHs could casually fit inside one.


So, JR Newsletter audience, approximately how many CBHs (genuine or counterfeit) can you reasonably expect to fit in a bushel?  For many of you tackling this question and problem will be a math problem (which I've attempted but can't figure out - my answers don't seem realistic).  However, if you want to build greater authenticity into this answer, I recommend you go and acquire an antique bushel (if you don't already have one), dump your collections (I mean hoards) of raw CBHs into it and get a more realistic quantity.


Any and all answers here will be appreciated and I look forward to seeing your answers!


Thanks in advance,

Winston Zack