Sunday, March 4, 2012

JR Newsletter: 4 March 2012 (78)

Louis Scuderi wrote in response to Tom Little's inquiry about countermarked quarters:

I don't know if anyone has been tracking the different counterstamps and has been keeping tabs on the prices. I have images of quite a few, primarily 1815 E's and 1825 L's which is in line with the relative rarity of the counterstamps. I have found the 15 L and 25 E to be the hardest to find with less than 20% of 1815's being 1815 L and closer to 10% of 1825's being 1825 E. I think Steve's book has similar relative percentages. I've personally seen fewer sales of the 1825 E's. I finally completed my set (I also have a duplicate 1815 E) last year. They are all out there for the finding but as far as a estimate of survivors there could be a total of few hundred of all of them. I see enough (including duplicate sales of the same coin) to consider them to be in the low R4 range for the common ones (15E, 25L) and mid-R5 for the uncommon stamps (15L, 25E). Of the common ones 15E in my opinion is easier than the 25L.

If anyone wants to see more counterstamp photos I've included mine (images below). They are also on Coinzip.

While high grade examples are the most often found, as can be seen from some of my images they can be also be found well worn. The lowest grade I have seen is a G4 1815 E. Highest grade is an 1815 E in MS65 (not slabbed). Many of the counterstamped coins have been cleaned, but that seems to be the norm for large sized bust quarters.



Tom Little wrote:

Thanks for the information.  I sent in my JRCS membership application.  I have one of the Bust Quarters in the Great Collections auction this week.  Here is the link to the auction: .  That one is the 1826/4/2, a "Browning 3", graded XF40.  I also have some bust dimes in the auction.  I like Great Collections for their low commissions and excellent imaging.  They also pay faster than the other auctions.



Pete Mosiondz, Jr. wrote in response to a question about a "Highlander" collection:

I could not find a reference to a "Highlander Collection" in my files but I
did come across the Alex Highland Collection sold at the Heritage Numismatic
Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001.
Unfortunately I do not have a copy of the catalog. Perhaps a newsletter
member who has a copy could take a look to see if it contained the 1795
dollar BB-52, XF-40 (PCGS). My notes indicate that the sale contained many
exemplary coins.

Pete Mosiondz, Jr.

Nathan Markowitz wrote:

I am pleased announce the schedule for the 2012 Educational Forums for Buffalo, NY. Please support your fellow numismatists by attending these sessions on Friday and Saturday.  Prior attendees will note that we will not have a Friday evening program this year...instead attendees will be free to enjoy the local community after a musical sendoff of eighteenth century music by local historian Ron Cary.  See you there!

Buffalo 2012 EAC Educational Program

Friday May 4, 2012

Noon:  Mark Borckardt:  “When Was the War of 1812?”

1PM:   Greg Heim:  “The Reality of Die Variety/Marriage Attribution”

2PM;   Howard Spencer Pitkow:  “My Sojourn in China and Hong Kong---Acquiring           Counterfeit US Copper Large Cents”

3PM:   Bill Eckberg:  “Men at Work: The Mint in 1793”

4PM:   Steve Carr:  “Misaligned Die Large Cents”

5:30PM  Ronald Cary:  “18th Century Tavern Music of the Niagara Frontier”
                                       Music presentation with cash bar

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Noon:  Franklin Noel:  “Coinage, Sovereignty, and The Birth of The Republic”

1PM:   John Kraljevich:  “Money and Medals of Early Upstate New York

2PM:   Chuck Heck:  “The Buffalo Copper Connection”

3PM:   Mark Borckardt:  “Who Am I?:  An Interactive Numismatic Seminar”

4PM:   Pete Smith:  “The Starred Reverse Cent and 1792 Half Dime:  Conducting Pedigree Research with Current Resources”

Alan V. Weinberg wrote: 

There is a superb Mint state white metal John Reich -signed and designed  1801 Thom Jefferson inaugural medal in Princeton University's numismatic collection which is on exhibit at the college and viewable enlarged on  the numismatic exhibit website set up by Princeton curator Alan Stahl (formerly of the ANS). In white metal in this superb condition, it is actually rarer than the silver specimens. Go to

(Editor's Note:  After clicking on the link, use the "Exhibition Cases" links in the orange-colored box on the left side of the page to view some wonderful material)

Alan V. Weinberg

From Brad Karoleff, via E-Sylum (the electronic publication of the Numismatic Bibliomania Society):
We will sell the JR Journal Index to volumes 1-20 to non-members for $15 delivered which may be credited towards membership of $25/year if they join.  The index can be ordered from me at bkaroleff (at) or by mail at JRCS C/O Brad Karoleff 225 E 6th St. suite 1 Cincinnati, OH 45202.