Sunday, May 17, 2015

JR Newsletter: 17 May 2015 (241)

We start this week with a response to Winston's Zack's inquiry about the "office boy" reverse.
James Higby wrote:

Winston Zack:  Back in 1949 William Sheldon, in his Early American Cents,  used the term "office boy" to refer to reverse Z of a 1794 large cent, S-56.  The reverse features multiple blunders and anomalies.  I cannot confirm that his was the first use of the term, however.

James Higby

Brad Karoleff wrote:

Everyone should have received their latest issue of The John Reich Journal by now.  If your has not arrived please notify me via email at bkaroleff(at) and I will send a replacement as soon as possible.

We are also still looking for submissions for the pre-ANA issue of the journal.  We plan on publishing in early July if all goes well.  If you are working on an article I would love to have it by June 15th. We still need a couple submissions to fill out the issue so please consider sending something to me soon.


Ron Guth wrote:

JR Newsletter readers might be interested to know that we have been working on Condition Census listings for all of the pre-1838 early American coins, all denominations on the PCGS CoinFacts website.  We've integrated most, if not all, of coins that we have graded so far from the Pogue, Link, Friend, Missouri Cabinet, Miller, and the many other collections we've graded in recent years.  This is a beginning and a work-in-progress, so the results will be spotty, but in many instances the results are pretty significant as a tool for collectors.  Whenever possible, auction appearances have been matched or re-united, grades have been updated, and images have been added from our True-View database.  I'm having a great time working on this project.  There are some great coins out there, and because of PCGS's position in the industry, we see a lot of them.

PCGS CoinFacts is available on a subscription basis of $14.99 per month, and we offer a free 10-day trial at

I invite JR Newsletter readers to try it out and let me know what they think.  We're always looking for constructive input.

Thanks and best wishes,

Ron Guth
PCGS CoinFacts - the Internet Encyclopedia of U.S. Coins

From Peter Mosiondz, Jr:

United States Early Half Dollar Die Varieties 1794-1836 (5th edition Overton - 2014), Don L. Parsley. This new edition is printed on a white-coated paper that will increase the ability to see detail on the coins. In addition, photographs are included for many of the listed die states as well. Rarities are included for every die marriage. The rarity ratings are revised from the fourth edition to reflect new values based upon knowledge gleaned from the past nine years since publication of the fourth edition. Also, the condition census is updated in this new edition. 701 pp. HB. DJ protected in Brodart Mylar®. New. One copy for sale at $55.00 postpaid.

Peter Mosiondz, Jr.
26 Cameron Circle
Laurel Springs, NJ 08021-4861
Phone: 856-627-6865
Email: choochoopete(at)
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