Thursday, December 24, 2015

JR Newsletter: 24 December 2015 (273) - Special "Early Edition"

With the upcoming weekend dedicated to holiday activities, I've decided to publish the JR Newsletter a few days early -- Editor.

We have one contribution, from Brad Karoleff:
The latest edition of the John Reich Journal was mailed today!  Merry Christmas to all our subscribers.
Please note that there is a dues notice included with this edition.  Please send $25 to Steve Crain (checks payable to JRCS) ASAP to continue your membership.  On the back of the dues notice is the ballot for voting on the Jules Reiver Award for volume 25.  Be sure to vote as you renew your membership.  The winner will be announced at the annual meeting at the ANA in Anaheim this August.
I've included the Editor's Notes from the John Reich Journal here to announce the meeting at the FUN show in January along with other important information:
Welcome to the final edition of The John Reich Journal for 2015.  It marks the end of the 25th volume of our publication, a milestone not expected by many of the charter members of the club.  We, as an organization, have persevered and have shepherded the club through decades of numismatic changes to get to today’s edition.  I would like to personally thank all the authors, officers and members who have helped make the JRCS what it is today.  Without all your help this journal would not be a reality.

We are having a meeting at the upcoming FUN show in TAMPA on Friday morning, January 8 at 9 AM.  David Finkelstein will be our speaker and his talk is “The First Depositors of Silver and Gold”.  We look forward to seeing you there for this interesting talk about the actual depositors as individuals.

You will also see an insert in the envelope with your journal.  Everyone is receiving a ballot for voting on the Jules Reiver Literary Award for volume 25.  The winner will be recognized at the ANA in Anaheim this August.  Please take time to vote!  Many of you will also see on the back of the ballot your dues renewal notice.  Please send your check for $25 to continue your membership while voting.

The officers decided at the last meeting during the ANA in Chicago to limit the number of censuses offered each year to two.  The dime census, originally expected in this issue, will be in the Spring edition.  The Quarter census will follow next year in the Winter edition.  The census is the most difficult and time consuming part of the journal and the census keepers were unanimous in their decision to begin the new format.

I would like to pose a question to the membership and, hopefully, publish the results in the next issue.  Has rarity lost its luster?  Everyone is focusing on quality, which is a great thing, but what happened to completion?  If you are collecting AU coins and a major rarity comes available in VF, would you be interested?  What if it has minor problems?  What if it has major problems?  I would like to hear from interested collectors about their feelings and I will put together an article on the results if enough of you respond.

Until the next issue in the Spring, I hope everyone has a very happy holiday season and a wonderful, safe and prosperous new year!
Happy Holidays,

Sunday, December 20, 2015

JR Newsletter: 20 December 2015 (272)

One contribution this week, from Winston Zack:

I am selling a complete collection of new/mint condition John Reich Journals (1986-2015; JRJ vol. 1 issue 1 through vol. 25 issue 2).

Please inquire if interested.

Thanks and Happy Holidays,
Winston (stoneman101(at)