Sunday, January 6, 2019

JR Newsletter: 6 January 2019 (427)

We have a number of interesting contributions this week.  The first is from Glenn Peterson and will be of particular interest to those attending the FUN Show:

Dear members and guests,

    I would like to invite everyone to meetings at the FUN show in Orlando:

- JRCS general meeting Friday Jan 11 at 8:30 AM in room W303A. David Finkelstein will share more of his excellent original research on the early US Mint. He will report on discrepancies in the Mint’s account with Richard Vaughn, a major depositor at the time. He will have some perplexing reports from his research. Please come to hear this interesting presentation.

- BHNC general meeting Friday Jan 11 at 9:45 AM in the same room (W303A).  Come hear Glenn Peterson give keys to attributing the most difficult year for capped bust halves, 1827.  Sharpen your attribution skills!

    I look forward to seeing everyone in Florida

Glenn Peterson MD program chairman JRCS

From Jim Rosen and Richard Meaney:

Nearly 40 years ago, a young John McCloskey was corresponding with a young Jim Rosen on attribution of capped bust half dimes by Valentine number.  John was kind enough to create a type-written cover sheet with some hand-drawn images depicting his method of attribution.  John also provided attribution guidelines for the 77 die marriages he had at the time.  Jim was wise enough to save the cover sheet and the 77 individual sheets of paper that John sent to him...all in pristine condition.

Jim Rosen mailed to Richard Meaney the 77 attribution sheets and the personally-typewritten and hand-drawn cover page created by John McCloskey.  Richard has scanned these items and provided links here so that each of you may take a glimpse into how numismatic correspondence and long-distance mentorship and education was done in 1981!

Link to cover sheet:

Link to the attribution sheets:

This information has also been posted to the Newman Numismatic Portal:

Jim Rosen
Richard Meaney


David Perkins wrote:

JRCS membership dues checks and ballots for the Jules Reiver award have been arriving at my P.O. Box  for a week or two now.  Thanks to all who have sent them in so far.  If you are attending FUN you are welcome to drop off your dues check and / or Reiver award ballot at my tables 535 and 634.

You are also welcome to look over my six cases with a heavy emphasis on early silver coins. 
Happy New Year to all.  Hope to see you in Orlando.
W. David Perkins, Treas. JRCS
Centennial, CO

Brad Karoleff wrote:

I will be at table 317 for the upcoming FUN show. I have a consignment of love tokens and counterstamped bust coins from the Russell Logan collection. Please stop by if you may be interested.

Brad Karoleff, Coins Plus

Greg Cohen at Legend Auctions wrote:

Linked here is a press release regarding Regency Auction 30, being held on Sunday, January 27 in Beverly Hills, CA. This sale features 491 lots from several important collections.

Link to press release:

Also, please enjoy an article on the Buffalo nickel series, which was originally published in our Regency Auction 30 catalog.

Link to article:

For numismatic questions, please respond to Greg Cohen, senior numismatist. For any images, please contact Patrick Braswell, art director, at

Thank you for your consideration to these materials.

Best regards,

Greg Cohen

Senior Numismatist
Legend Rare Coin Auctions
PO Box 9 | Lincroft, NJ 07738



Finally, a reminder about the JRCS Half Dime Census:

The officers of the JRCS are soliciting your half dime inventory information for inclusion in the Spring 2019 issue of the John Reich Journal.

 Please email your complete inventory listing, including all duplicates, of all your 1792, Draped Bust, Flowing Hair and Capped Bust half dimes to me.  Any format that my iMac computer can read will work, so most spreadsheets and word processing files will be fine.  Even if you have a written list, you can take a picture of that written list and email it to me if you would like.  Please make the subject line of your email “Half Dime Census” and include your name and JRCS number. 

My email address is: richard.meaney(at)

 If you prefer, you may mail paper copies to me here:

Richard Meaney
3060 N Lazy Eight Court, Suite 2
PMB 294
Wasilla AK 99654

Please include the following information to the best of your ability:

  • Grade of each coin.  Grading company info (NGC, ANACS, CAC, PCGS, raw) is not needed.
  • Die Marriage or remarriage for each coin
  • Cud information for your coins with known cuds.  For example, if you report an 1830 LM-5 half dime in VF-20, I will assume the coin does not have a cud.  If you have one with a cud, something like “1830 LM-5 VF20 cud” will suffice.
  • If you would like to participate, but wish for your contribution to remain anonymous, just let me know.

Please respond no later than March 7, 2019 to ensure inclusion of your collection in this census. This is a hard cut-off date.  Questions? Let me know!

Richard Meaney