Sunday, August 2, 2015

JR Newsletter: 2 August 2015 (252)

A few people provided me with some coin photos in response to my request last week.  Thank you!  Readers will be seeing some nice coins in the email message header.  Thanks especially to Lance Keigwin and Dave Wnuck!

Speaking of Lance Keigwin, he wrote a response to an inquiry by Ralph Muñoz:

Hi Ralph,

The PCGS Price Guide and PCGS's Coinfacts cite prices for conditions G4 ($54) through AU55 ($850). As everyone knows the Price Guide is just that, and the market can be very different. For example, an AU55 sold at the 8/12 ANA for $5175. (It is the only auction listed.)

To view the JR-8 1829 bust dime on the Price Guide click on the "plus sign" icon next to PCGS coin number 4511 (1829 Small 10c). Die marriages drop down. The JR-8 is PCGS coin number 38833.

Coinfacts offers a more complete summary. Here's the link for the JR-8.

It appears PCGS has graded only two JR-8's (where the attribution was paid for). Others may have been graded but not attributed.

See you at Rosemont?


Sheridan Downey wrote with a reminder:

Mail Bid Sale No 41, featuring scads of high grade and rare bust halves (plus a couple of early dimes), closes Wednesday Aug. 12, just 10 days away.  Lot viewing by overnight mail ends Tuesday Aug. 4.   Hard copies of the catalog went in the mail last Monday.  The full catalog, photos of every coin, the Terms of Sale and a useful bid sheet are available for viewing, download and printing on my web site,

The auction lots will be available for preview during the BHNC Corn Roast in Rosemont, Monday Aug. 10 and, of course, at my bourse tables all day Tuesday and Wednesday.  Bids may be entered via email or phone up until the time the Sale closes at 7 PM CDT on Wednesday.


David Finkelstein wrote:

I will be conducting a Money Talks presentation at the ANA World’s Fair of Money in Chicago on Wednesday, August 12th at 4:00 PM in Room 6.  My presentation is titled “The Workflow of the First United States Mint”.  Mint related documents from the National Archives and Library of Congress that were not previously included in my John Reich Newsletter articles have been incorporated into my presentation.

My articles in the John Reich Newsletter will continue after the ANA World’s Fair of Money.

David Finkelstein

From W. David Perkins and Gerry Fortin:

W. David Perkins and Gerry Fortin will have Tables 617 and 619 at the 2015 ANA in Chicago.  Among the highlights for JRCS Members and JR Newsletter readers are:

 - Close to 100 Capped Bust Half Dimes for viewing and sale, including a large quantity of better die marriages also including a number of R-6 and R-7 marriages available in a Sealed Bid Auction Sale (Ends 6:00PM CST Friday of the show)

- A dozen Choice and Rare Capped Bust Dimes (out of over 130 consigned for sale in 2016!).  If you haven’t already, you can sign up to receive the sale catalogs for the sale of the Gorman Collection in 2016

- Attractive 1792 Half Disme in PCGS AU50 (OGH)

- Not one but two 1829 Curl Base 2 Dimes (!), an important Red Book type coin, in PCGS VG08 CAC and NGC VG Details

- Lovely 1805 Bust Quarter in PCGS MS63+ (photo below), an 1822 Quarter in PCGS VF30, and other offerings

 - A nice selection of Early and Capped Bust Half Dollars, most off the market for a decade or more (many of these were just recently sent to PCGS for grading)

- 1795 through 1803 Flowing Hair and Draped Bust Dollars including selections from The Gentleman's Collection

See you in Chicago!

W. David Perkins & Gerry Fortin


Finally, an update from Steve Tompkins:

Update on the new Early Half Dollar book:

Just wanted to say thank you to all those who have pre-ordered a copy and let you know that I will have the finished books with me at the upcoming ANA. I pick them up on Monday 8/10, so I will be unable to ship any until the following Monday. I will however be happy to deliver any that were pre-ordered directly at the show. Speaking of pre-orders…I am extending the special price of $79 until 8/8. So if you have been putting it off, you better get your order in before the 8th to save some money!

Also I will be doing a book signing on Thursday from 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm and on Friday from 2 pm - 3 pm at the Central States Numismatic Society table - #1948. There will be book available for sale at the table throughout the show, but at the normal cover price of $89.

Looking forward to seeing everyone next week!

Steve Tompkins