Sunday, July 14, 2019

JR Newsletter: 14 July 2019 (454)

Brad Karoleff wrote:

The latest issue of the John Reich Journal will be in your mailbox soon. The journals went out in the mail on Friday, July 12.  Anyone not receiving theirs by next weekend should contact me at bkaroleff(at) for a replacement copy.

To honor the 50th anniversary of the moon landing many of you will have one of the original 10 cent moon landing stamps on your envelope. 

Enjoy the journal and I hope to see many of you at the ANA in a few weeks. Please see the meeting information for the club in the editor’s notes in the JR Journal.

Also, if anyone would like a number of old JR Journals for promotional purposes I would be happy to send them a box full.  You can distribute them at your local coin club or at a show to recruit new members for the society.  Please let me know that you are interested and provide a snail mail address and I will forward a box to you.

Please put JRJ in the header of your message.

Brad Karoleff 

Jim Matthews is asking for contributions to the JRCS Dime Census:

It's time again to start gathering together your Draped Bust and Capped Bust dime census information. I'm not sure what the final deadline will be for inclusion in the Census just yet but will let you know. The deadline will probably be a couple of months out from here. I know all the variety collectors are seeking a few more pieces to include in their sets, and with major sales during the past year or two of significant dime collections, I anticipate a lot of coins will have changed owners since the last census was published. The census for the Draped Bust dimes will be published as a separate series along with the Capped Bust dime census, but please include both types in your information to me.

I'm looking into the possibility of a formatting change that may allow for differentiation of graded coins and raw coins but keeping the columns tight enough to put in the most possible census submissions. Stay tuned and more information is forthcoming.

I hope a few more rarities have turned up and entered collections within our club. I know there was a recent 1827 JR-10 that turned up in AG-3 that was previously unknown. Perhaps other rarities or new condition census coins have appeared? The census will give us a glimpse into what's out there once again.

Once I update some formatting issues in the next week or so, you can send your census information by email on a spreadsheet, or just a simple list with date, variety and grade, or by US Mail. 

I can be reached at:

Jim Matthews
PO Box 1118
Mount Jackson, VA 22842


or email at:   bustdollar(at)

David Perkins wrote:

Catalogs were sent out this week for Part I of our 2019 Extraordinary Half Dime Sale, the sale of the Stephen A. Crain Collection of Capped Bust Half Dimes 1829-1837 (with a small number of additional consignments).  The sale consists of 84 Lots, 64 in a Fixed Price List Sale (opens next Wednesday, July 17, 2019) and 20 in Sealed Bid Auction Sale to close on Friday of the ANA.  The catalogs are in PDF format, with quality photos of every coin and professional descriptions by Richard Meaney, noted CB Half Dime expert (and editor of JR Newsletter!).  Part II is tentatively scheduled around the 2020 August ANA Convention.

The Crain Collection was complete by die marriage and was missing only three remarriages, a lifelong undertaking.  

If you did not receive the two notes with the catalogs and terms & conditions attached, please send me an e-mail at wdperki(at)  and I will send them to you.  

If you are interested in Seated Half Dimes and the Crain Collection of these, the complete collection is available for viewing on the Newman Portal at:  There are photos of all of the coins, and photos of the holders with Stephen’s research notes for each coin.


W. David Perkins
W. David Perkins Numismatics
Centennial, CO