Sunday, November 18, 2018

JR Newsletter: 18 November 2018 (420)

This week’s first contribution comes from Charlie Horning:

JRCS member Michael Sullivan gave a presentation to the Cincinnati Numismatic Society Nov. 9th titled “Establishing Your Own Collecting Goals: The MJ Sullivan 24-Coin Flowing Hair / Heraldic Eagle Dollar Set.” The initial part of the presentation focused on encouraging collectors to study their area of interest to establish their own collecting goals regardless of what other sources and publications such as PCGS Registry Sets or The Redbook may suggest constitutes a collection or set. 

The presentation continued with an overview of each Early Dollar year, 1794-1803, key features, attributes, and a comparison of PCGS Major Variety Set (38 coins) , Redbook set (40 coins), and what Michael refers to as his “24-Coin Set.”    This was supported with coin images and high magnification, allowing comparisons across the series, mostly supported from Michael’s personal high-grade collection.

As a simple illustration of Michael’s point, the chart below summarizes the 1802 Heraldic Eagle dollars.  The PCGS and Redbook sets consist of 4 major types. However, a collector could obtain all of the key attributable features of the year with just two coins (see below) from the presentation:

Following the presentation and Q&A, Michael shared 8-coins from his collection:  1795 dollars (Silver Plug, 2-Leaf, and 3-Leaf), three 1798 dollars, and two 1802 dollars which demonstrated all of the key attributes for each of the 3-years.  Hopefully, he will share this presentation again at a JRCS club meeting or a major show to our broader early coinage collector colleagues.   You can view the collection online at PCGS Registry Sets.

Second, from Matthew Bell at Legend Rare Coin Auctions:

Please find linked a press release regarding the results of our 29th Regency Auction held on the evening of Thursday, November 15th, 2018 as the official auctioneer of the PCGS Members Only Show in San Antonio, TX. For further information, please do not hesitate to email me and I will get it for you. For high-res images, please email our Art Director, Patrick Braswell, at Patrick(at) Thank you for your consideration.


Matthew Bell
Executive Vice President
Legend Rare Coin Auctions