Wednesday, February 13, 2019

JR Newsletter: 17 February 2019 (433)

Usually this goes out on Sunday, but editor's training commitments won't allow a Sunday publication.  Bonus for readers of the blog version of the weekly JRN, you learn this early:

From Brad Karoleff -

Logan Library offerings:

5 COAC books. Coinages of the Americas conference books issued by the ANS in NYC.  A collection of papers presented at the ANS during their conferences.  Included here are the following with some Logan tipins:

1986 America's Silver Coinage with some autographs
1989 America's Gold Coinage
1993 America's Silver Dollars
1996 America's Large Cent
1998 Circulating Counterfeits of the Americas

Great research by many of the Hobby's luminaries.  A must have for anyone's library.  All are very fine or better.
All 5 books for $175.  Now reduced to $110.

Selections from the Numismatist by the ANA, 1960, Fine with corner bump. The Fantastic 1804 Dollar, 1962 fine with Logan Tipins.

Both books for $65. Now reduced to $45.

Medals of the United States Mint by R W Julian, 1977 in near mint condition with, what else but more Logan Tipins.  $125.
Now reduced to $85.

5 Volumes of Stacks auction catalogs of the famous John Ford Collection.  Included here are parts 3 5, 6, 7 and 15. All are excellent condition with some light soiling.  All 5 catalogs for $125.  Now reduced to $95.

3 Important auction catalogs.  W Earl Spies silver dollars by Stack's 1974 no PR excellent condition.
Will W Neil collection by Mehl 1947, with PR but slightly bent.
The United States Gold Collection by Bowers and Ruddy 1982, with PR corner bend to cover but still nice.
All 3 catalogs for $75. Now reduced to $50.

4 volume set of the Harry Bass Jr collection sold by Bowers and Merena, 1999-2000.  All catalogs show some light problems but are near mint, no PR.  Set of 4 for $125.  Now reduced to $95.

3 volume set of the Norweb collection sold by Bowers and Merena, 1987-88.  First two volumes with PR.  All 3 show use and there are notes on individual lots made by Russ at the sale. Set of 3 for $100.  Now reduced to $75.

Lot of 3 items for the Eliasberg collection!  First, a prepublication copy of part of the catalog that Russ reviewed.  A hardbound copy of Louis E Eliasberg, Sr, King of Coins by QDB signed to Russ. Lastly a Hardbound copy of the sale with the autographed bookplate numbered 112.  The books are near mint and there are Logan Tipins.  The lot for $150.  Now reduced to $100.

Early US Dimes, was $250, now $200.  Further reduced to $125.

Bowers on Commemorative half dollars, was $40, now $35.  Further reduced to $25.

Pollock on Patterns, was $50, now $40.  Further reduced to $30.

The History of US Coinage As Illustrated by the Garrett Collection by Q. David Bowers.  Another nearly Mint book.  $45.  Reduced to $25.

Second edition of Bolender's work on the Bust Dollars.  The back cover was set on something sticky at one time that removed a few SMALL pieces of the binding.  Otherwise, this is a really nice condition book.  $50.  Now also includes a spiral bound working copy.  Reduced to $30.

Two FIRST EDITION ERROR copies of The United States Early Silver Dollars by Jules Reiver.  These very scarce first editions are full of errors and the printing was stopped after a portion of the run was completed. The copies remaining at Krause were destroyed and a second edition with corrections was prepared.  The corrected edition has second printing on the title page. These are both in excellent condition. One is autographed by Jules dated 3/3/1999.  
The unautographed copy is $75.  The autographed copy is $100.
The autographed copy sold, and the other is reduced to $50.

The Fantastic 1804 Dollar by Newman and Bressett along with Logan Tipins about his research into the CLE half dollars, Selections from the Numismatist, US Coins 1960.  Both books for only $30.

The Complete Guide to Liberty Seated Half Dollars by Wiley and Bugert  Autographed hardbound edition.  $350.

Bust Half Fever by Edgar Souders, First Edition Pre-Publication spiral bound copy Limited DRAFT Edition 4/4! autographed by Edgar, Myron Xenos and Ken Lowe 7/14/1994. $75.

Silver Dollars and Trade Dollars of the US, A Complete Encyclopedia by Q. David Bowers.  The two volume hardbound set #13/500 with autographed bookplate in the first volume.  Complete with Russ Tipins.  The set shows some wear.  $300.

US Large Cents 2 Volume Hardbound set by Bill Noyes covering 1793-1839.  Couple small dings but still very nice.  $250.

The Norweb Collection 3 Volume hardbound set of auction catalogs 1987-88 by Bowers and Merena. Excellent condition with PRL's included, $150.

The John Jay Pittman two volume hardbound auction catalogs by David Akers with signed bookplate #67/250. Near mint condition with PRL's included $300.

Bust Half Dollar Bibliomania, the limited hardbound edition.  A listing of the books and auction catalogs important to the collectors of Capped Bust Half Dollars.  The author is a fringe element of the collecting community who thinks he knows something about the halves.  The work includes Ivan Leaman and Don Gunnet's study of the emission sequence of the CBH's based on their edge studies.  Compiled by Brad Karoleff in 1996.  There were 25 hardbound copies done by Alan Grace but the author was to naive to number them.  $200.

The Ultimate Guide to Attributing Bust Half Dollars by Glenn R. Peterson, MD.  This is the Limited Edition Presentation Edition #5/6 given to Russ by Glenn.  It is leather bound in black pebbled leather with French endpapers and includes a signature page, Russ' name is embossed at the bottom right of the cover.  There is a space in the cover for the insertion of a CBH by the owner which Russ never did.  This presentation copy is beautiful and in mint condition.  $750.

Buyers can opt for either book rate or Priority shipping via the US Postal Service.  Shipping will be added to the price of the books.  Please contact me at bkaroleff(at) to order anything for your library.  Remember, the first email wins if more than one person wants the lot.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

JR Newsletter: 10 February 2019 (432)

(Reich designed these too!)

From Greg Cohen at Legend Auctions:

Please find linked a press release regarding a gem 1795 $10 gold piece in PCGS MS64+ CAC. This impressive early U.S. gold piece is of the utmost historical and numismatic importance and is a major highlight of Legend’s March 2019 Regency Auction, the official auction of the PCGS Members show.

For more information, please contact Greg Cohen, senior numismatist (greg(at) For images, please contact art director, Patrick Braswell (Patrick(at)

Best regards,
Greg Cohen

Senior Numismatist
Legend Rare Coin Auctions
PO Box 9 | Lincroft, NJ 07738
O-732-935-1168. C-732-233-0719. F-732-935-1807


We are less than one month away from the deadline for submissions for the 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