Sunday, December 2, 2012

JR Newsletter: 2 December 2012 (117)

Nathan Markowitz wrote:

I wish to sound again the call for speakers mentioned by Brad Karoleff at the Columbus EAC/JRCS convention.  I strive to balance a mix of silver, copper, and historical talks.  Please consider sharing your interests with your colleagues; it's a great experience.

Also consider a presentation: this could be silver, copper, early gold , or even  numismatic literature.  See you May 2-5; contact me if you want to offer a presentation or discuss a possible presentation at cascades1787(at)


Van Walworth wrote:

Perhaps we have enough versions of spreadsheets... but just in case there is room for one more, please share my Bust Dime Spreadsheet with the JRCS group (editor's note:  email me if you wish to obtain a copy of the spreadsheet).  I use one version of this spreadsheet to maintain a record of my personal collection.  I use another version of this spreadsheet to keep a running record of selling prices realized by coin and die variety.

The spreadsheet includes the entire series of early dimes and the capped dimes.  There are two sheets to the spreadsheet file.  One sheet is for recording a personal collection including condition and the number of coins in each die variety.  The spreadsheet automatically totals each die variety and then keeps a running total of all varieties in the set.  The other sheet is for recording the values of coins sold by die variety.  Over time, this promises to be a very useful tool because many of the die varieties do not come available except in rare circumstances, therefore over a long period  time watching and taking notes of various coins being sold, a data base can be constructed that provides a viable base line for establishing a price of certain coins compared to other coins.

Perhaps it will be a help to someone in the group.  Spreadsheets like this are no short task to develop, but they can make it rather easy to track coins and values and such.



Daniel Stepan wrote:

In response to the request from Ron Guth, there are publicly available images for 7 unique 1794 O.104a specimens (two of which are called O.104 by the cataloguers), courtesy of the auction houses. The Westmoreland County/DeOlden Heritage Lot #2824 is NOT one of them; it is a misattributed O.104.

The specimen which best displays the diagnostic obverse die crack (Rim thru Star 3 to curls), though not the highest graded specimen, in my opinion is: Stack's Lot #8621: (Images below).

None of the images from the seven specimens otherwise meeting the Overton definition of O.104a show a true bisecting die crack thru Star 11, but all show the crack from edge thru Star 3 to curls of Liberty and the reverse cud above ER.

Best regards,

JRCS #1322, BHNC #204 (LM 012)