Wednesday, December 21, 2011

JR Newsletter: 21 December 2011 (68)

This week's edition of the JR Newsletter is early in recognition of the upcoming holiday weekend.  Some interesting stuff is here for you to chew on over the course of the next week and a half!

Rich Uhrich wrote:

In response to Steve Kawalec:  I have copies of "Federal Half Dimes 1792-1837" in stock.  My website is


Brad Karoleff wrote:

 The latest issue of The John Reich Journal ( 21/3) was mailed on Saturday. Members should begin receiving their issues in a few days. Included inside the journal are two inserts.  The first is an addenda page to be inserted in your last issue updating the article by Bradley Higgins. I inadvertently only printed part of his delivery warrant chart. This addenda will complete the article. The other insert is the dues notice/Reiver award voting ballot. Please send a check to Steve and remember to vote for your favorite articles at the same time.

There are a couple of important things about the dues notice. Life members, of course, do not have to send a renewal check. Life members' mailing labels have LM on the upper right side. Life members should return the ballot to Steve. Members who are already paid for the next issue will have a black sharpie line through the dues renewal portion. Please vote for your favorite articles. All other members should not only vote, but send a check to Steve (PAYABLE TO JRCS) for $25 to continue their membership.

I also read that Steve Kawalec was looking for a copy of the half dime book. I have a few remaining for $150 plus postage. I can be reached at jrcs19 (at) if anyone would like to order a copy.

I also did not see any suggestions for die marriages to study at the EAC/JRCS convention in Buffalo. Please consider attending and let us know which coins you would like to see there.


 Van Walworth wrote:

 Responding to the question about 1821 JR-1 & JR-2 dimes with a die crack between S1 & S2...

I have two specimens of JR-1, both coins in G - VG condition.  Both coins probably had the S1-S2 die crack but it progressed to the point it became a die bulge and virtually obliterates S2 and most of the field between S1 & S2.  

I also have three specimens of JR-2 that seem to indicate and represent three different die states.  I consider one JR-2 in VF condition to be a potential early die state because it has a very faint die break evident extending less than half way from the outside point of S1 toward the outside point of S2.  I consider a second JR-2 to be a potential mid-term die state because the die break extends between the outside points of S1 & S2, but the field has begun to bulge away, even though S1 & S2 are still in good detail.  I consider a third JR-2 specimen to be a potential late die state because the die break between S1 & S2 has become a bulge that obliterates the field and most of S1 & S2.

It is interesting to me that my JR-2 specimen I consider to be a potential late die state is in virtually identical condition to both of my JR-1 coins.  The die crack and subsequent bulge is identical looking in most every respect.  This is curious to me because I assume there was some die repair or refurbishment of some kind after the completion of minting JR-1 and before the minting of JR-2... otherwise some JR-2 strikes took place before and/or during the JR-1 minting efforts.

Van Walworth JRCS#1300

Courtesy of the "E-Sylum" you can click on the following link to read about early United States Half Dimes that circulated in Cuba after the Spanish-American War:


From the editor:  The next issue of the JR Newsletter should be out on schedule (Sunday, January 1, 2012)

Sunday, December 18, 2011

JR Newsletter: 18 December 2011 (67)

Winston Zack wrote:

Has anyone seen an 1821 JR-1, or even JR-2 Dime without the obverse die cracks through at least stars 1 and 2?  Or does it seem that this obverse die was already cracked by the time it was put into use?
Steven Kawalec wrote:

Does anyone know where I can find a copy of "Federal Half Dimes 1792-1837".  All I have is the Valentine book which isn't much help.  I would like to thank Richard Meaney's comments and photos of the reverses.  They were a huge help and I would like to have a copy of the book.
Thanks to all and happy Holidays,
Steven Kawalec