Volume 11/Issue 3 July 1998 Whole 35
|Volume 11 Issue 3, Whole Number 35 of The John Reich Journal has been
sent to the membership. It contains numerous articles by the members detailing
the latest research into the Reich designed coins issued by the United
States Mint in Philadelphia.
The issue started, as they all do, with the editors comments followed by letters from the membership. Van Harvey is requesting information for his research into the Capped Bust Half Dollar O123 of 1828. Darrell Neidigh follows with information on his computer program to attribute coins by die variety. He requests information for his database.
The first article is by Alan Bricker, noted half dime expert, on the joys of collecting Capped Bust Half Dimes. He outlines the progression from collecting a Redbook variety set to the difficulty of obtaining a complete set by die variety.
One of our frequent authors, Philip J. Evans follows with an interesting story about a group of condition census Capped Bust Half Dollars that he recently attributed. There was a date set from 1794 thru 1836 ranging in grade from XF40 to Proof 64!
Another of our favorite authors, W. David Perkins ( who by the way recently conducted a class at the popular ANA summer seminar ) writes about a hoard of old coins detailed in an issue of Mason's Coin & Stamp Collector's Magazine from 1868. David always finds something interesting to share with the membership and this article surely fills the bill. David also is represented by another article documenting the discovery of another 1800 B17 Bust Dollar. David's submissions on the Bust Dollars goes a long way to helping the rest of the membership understand our largest denomination silver issue.
Anthony J. Taraszka graces us with the addition of two articles to his credit. Anthony is an expert in the early gold eagles. He has done some magnificent research into this beautiful series of coins. His first submission for this issue is on the 1799/9 Eagle. His article includes some wonderful photos of high grade eagles. His second submission is on the die emission sequence of the 1803-1804 Eagles. Here Anthony corrects some previous errors of emission sequence made by Walter Breen.
Mike Sherrill follows with an article documenting a new emission sequence for the TED successively higher reverse dimes. This workhorse reverse die was pared with three different obverses and was used in two different remarriages with these obverses. To find out more about this interesting chain of events please send for your free copy of the journal.
Rory Rea writes about his search through auction catalogs containg interesting bust quarters. His research into a certain 1804 is revealed in his article. He also corrects an error in the Breen reprint of the Browning Quarter Book. He then follows with another article on the die states of the Browning 10 quarter of 1818. This particular variety comes in numerous die states with the reverse die cracking in numerous places.
Ed Price and Jules Reiver follow with an article that has been in the making for almost a decade. They prove that Valentine 1 and 2 of 1801 are different die states of the same variety. Their research has included most of the high grade 1801 half dimes that have been sold in the last 10 years. Many of them are plated in the article. This research proves that there are still new things to be discovered about these classic coins.
Eric Hildebrant pens the last article about an intesting half eagle in his collection. He has an 1810 half eagle with a repunched 12th star that may show the notched "signature" of John Reich. He requests other collectors to examine their coins to help confirm his suspicions.
The journal ends with the listing of the articles that qualify for voting for The Jules Reiver Literary Award given to the best article as voted by the membership. The winner will be announced at this years ANA in Portland.
This brings to close another copy of the John Reich Journal. Those of you who are reading this that are not members are invited to send for a complimentary copy of the journal for your inspection. Please send requests to JRCS, PO Box 135 Harrison, OH 45030, or E-mail me at Karoleffs4@Aol.com.