Sunday, February 10, 2013

JR Newsletter: 10 February 2013 (127)

Bob Stark wrote:

Brad Karoleff's quest is of keen interest. Many years ago, Jules Reiver and I searched for early dollar edge varieties and errors. Jules even constructed a jig (that I must have someplace) to enable us to compare and examine edges.  While our project was not extensive, we had only our own coins, we found no varieties of interest and, surely, no errors. In view of the many varieties on the half dollars of the period, it seems surprising that no such dollars have surfaced, at least to my knowledge.  Jules, being a consummate photographer, considered superimposing images. However, the film variability at the time deterred us. Our thought was to use the properties of a parabolic mirror, as from a flashlight, with the coin at the center. I've seen some images since, so the technology is vastly better now. 

The ornamentation on the dollar also piqued my interests. I consulted several experts on the decorative arts of early America. None recognized the ornaments on the edge of the early dollars. The closest I came to a recognition was one expert who said that among early American furniture, house doors, etc. some ornamentation was popular (e.g., Chippendale). However, no one recognized the specific designs on the dollar edge. Their origin is still a mystery to me.   I'm glad to learn the experience of others.

Bob Stark

Jim Matthews wrote:

Interesting on this request by Brad Karoleff. I don't recall ever seeing any edge errors either on early dollars. There certainly should be -- given what I've seen on other copper and silver denominations.


Nathan Markowitz wrote:

Spring is just around the corner (ok, not quite so soon for those in the Northeast) and with spring comes the 2013 version of the EAC convention in Columbus (Newark), Ohio at the Cherry Valley Lodge  

This year's convention commences Thursday evening, May 2 and concludes Sunday afternoon, May 5.  Most of the "action" starts with the reception at 5pm on Thursday, May 2 followed by the "Happenings" display of colonial and federal copper, and the silver room where we display our treasures; educational activities conclude by Saturday afternoon.  If you have not had the chance to attend one of these conventions I strongly encourage you to avail yourselves of the opportunity; we should have a great turnout in the collector laden Midwest.

We are still seeking speakers and those willing to do displays for the convention. Early silver, early gold, and literature-related topics are welcome.  Please share your passion with others.  You will have one of the finest group of numismatists in one place...and you don't even need to sing.   Please contact me at cascades1787(at) if you are interested.

So, lets show our base metal colleagues some specie!


Tom Little wrote:

I sold an 1829 H10C on eBay last night that went hyperbolic to over $1000. I did not get variety attribution at NGC.  Could you let me know what the designation is on it?  Thanks...