Sunday, July 22, 2012

JR Newsletter: 22 July 2012 (98)

Dick Graham wrote about his new book on Reeded Edge Halves:

As many of you know, I have been working on a revised Variety Identification Manual for the Reeded Edge Halves from 1836-1839 for some time now, and I am pleased to report that it is at the printer and I expect to have it the first week of August and available for sale at the ANA in Philly.
    The book has 170 pages with each of the currently known varieties featured on a 2 page spread with enlarged photographs of the distinctive identification markers for attribution. I have added updated rarity ratings and condition census, etc. The book is spiral bound for ease of use, and has the ability to lay flat when being used.
    For those who wish a copy or two and cannot make it to ANA, if you send a check for $65 plus $6 for shipping for each book that you want, I will try to get them out to you before ANA if I receive your check before August 1, otherwise I will mail when I return. Checks should be mailed to:
Dick Graham
PO Box 100
Braddock Heights, MD 21714-0100
    If you have any questions, I can be reached at Reededhalves (at) Look forward to seeing everyone in Philly.
Dick Graham
Editor's Note:  Dick has graciously agreed to be the guest speaker at the JRCS annual meeting at the ANA Summer Show.  The meeting will be held on Wednesday at 8:00 AM (for room number, refer to ANA Program)
 Rich Uhrich wrote:

I am aware of a third 1800 B-17 dollar "without collar" die state.  The coin is a nice AU and it will be auctioned later this year.

Rich Uhrich
David Finkelstein wrote about another educational opportunity at the Philadelphia ANA:

I will be making a presentation at the ANA summer convention in Philadelphia on Tuesday, August 7th at 3:00 PM.  My Numismatic Theatre presentation is titled "Analysis of Heraldic Eagle Silver and Gold Coins Dated 1796-1807".  I will be providing new information regarding the designs and experiments performed by the U S Mint Engraving Department as they created our nation's Heraldic Eagle silver and gold coins.

If you will be at the ANA convention on Tuesday, I would greatly appreciate your attendance.  It will be a real bummer if I have to do the presentation for only the Coin World staff writer.

David Finkelstein

Raymond Hale wrote:

 I just acquired a sweet 1814 O-107a. After looking at it closely, again and again, I thought about finding a prime example. I've considered doing the same with the 1817 O-106 and 106a. I also have an 1836 116a, and have thought about adding the prime example of that variety to my collection, as well.  Because I want to join the BHNC someday, and am eager to do so, I asked one of the "Nuts" if these different die states would all count toward the "magic 100" minimum, for joining. He said "no."

That got me to thinking. What about such varieties as the 1823 O-101 and 101a? The 101a, clearly, has been manipulated in order to correct the broken 3. Yet, the 101 and 101a only count as one variety. One must get the O-101 and the R.4 O-102, for them both to count.  I was surprised, since both are Red Book varieties. I learned a long time ago, though, never to assume I know an answer. It neither makes for good research nor good learning.  Because my mentioning the Red Book might confuse things, I would point out that I in no way suggest that the Red Book's contents should dictate BHNC guidelines--not at all.  It's just that after studying close-up photos of the 1823 O-101 and 101a, and reading the related literature, I wonder if they aren't different varieties. The 3 on the 101a clearly has been reworked. (Hence it's name.) And, isn't reworking a die cause for ascribing a new variety number?

I have no problem waiting for a 102 to come up for sale. I'm just impatient.  But this isn't even the point of this posting.  This is, rather, an intellectual discussion. Perhaps separate variety numbers aren't the answer. Nonetheless, I think it would be reasonable for members of the BHNC to consider allowing both varieties to count separately.  Has any one else considered this? Could someone please provide some feedback? Any and all thoughts are welcome. Gee. I love this hobby . . .

By the way, does anyone know where I can find a copy of Brad Karoleff's Bust Half Dollar Bibliomania? I've been looking for one for almost four years. I also need a copy of Patton's work, and any information on John Cobb.

My email is rockbook2 (at)

Thank You,
Raymond Hale