Volume 1, Issue 4, Mid-June 2005
Whole Number 4
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Features in this issue
==> Market Update by Brian Greer.
==> Half Dollar Patterns by Saul Teichman.
==> Addendum listing for The Complete Guide To Liberty Seated Half Dollars by Bill Bugert.
==> Kam Ahwash’s Dime Book Personal Reference Copy at Auction by Len Augsburger.
==> Recent Finds.
==> Advertisements for the sale of Liberty Seated Coinage.
Availability of Liberty Seated coins at the Long Beach Convention was very typical of the current market overall. That is with the exception of a couple specialized dealers, scarce dates were very difficult to come by, especially if original and problem free. Still with some persistence, a few bargains could be found. I believe the perceived shortage stems more from an increased demand than a reduced supply. When a fresh deal comes onto the market such as a full or partial set, it is usually devoured quickly, often by dealers who a few years ago had no interest in scarce seated coins. A few years ago a group like that may sit in a dealer’s case for several shows with the problem or marginally graded coins disappearing over a long period of time. Today, even the problem and seemingly, overgraded coins sell quickly if they are perceived to be scarce. Several times I have looked at a coin, decided to "think about it" only to see it gone on the next pass through. Seated coins are not unique to this, however. Scarce coins in all series seem to be feeling this demand. Scarce date Bust coinage is probably even tougher to locate in today’s market than Liberty Seated coins. Patience is the key to today’s collector. As I have stated previously, I believe that more material is coming onto the market today than I have seen in some time. Being in the right place at the right time and making a prompt decision has become more critical.
==> Saul Teichman is looking for assistance from any reader.
Information Needed on 1838 Judd-82 Pattern Half Dollars
I am seeking information on the 1838 Judd-82 pattern half dollar with the Liberty Seated obverse. This coin has the standard 1837 Bust reverse with the denomination 50 CENTS. According to Breen, originals and restrikes exist for the Judd-82 pattern.
Breen #4740 is the original, which, as you can see,
has the word
1) The Mickley, Cohen, Parmalee, Woodin, Boyd coin which is also the Judd plate coin and is the illustrated piece.
2) The Brand, Farouk, Krouner-Coronet Coin Fixed Price List – cleaned and lacquered.
I cannot trace the Brock,
Breen #4741 – Breen claims that 2 restrikes also
exist. If they exist, they will be struck from the obverse die above which
Editor uspatterns.com website
==> In 1993 when The Complete Guide to Liberty Seated Half Dollars was printed, a few errors crept into the publication process. At the time, authors Randy Wiley and Bill Bugert provided a one-page addendum of those corrections with copies of the book sold by them. Many copies, however, were sold by distributors and did not include the addendum listing. That listing is reprinted here for use by those of you that own a copy of our book but without the addendum.
Addendum listing for The Complete Guide to Liberty Seated Half Dollars
Page 6: Change caption on Subtype VII reverse photograph to read:
“Motto/Large Letters/No Rays”
Page 8: Change “II. No Motto Reverse (1866-1891)”
To “II. Motto Reverse (1866-1891)”
Page 51: Insert under: MISCELLANEOUS NOTES
Heavy coinage melting. Half dollar coinage in the mid to
late 1840’s was very heavy from both the New Orleans Branch and
Philadelphia Mints. This
changed in 1848 with the discovery of massive quantities of gold in
Don Taxay  also mentions the Guatemala Hoard with minor
differences in the included coinage dates: “Note: “P” mint half dollars ca.
1859-1865 and “S” mint half dollars ca. 1861-1865 are now relatively
common in scrubbed unc. due to a large
Whatever the exact dates and mints of the coinage, high circulated and mint state grade cleaned coins of the early 1860’s can be found today.
Page 80: Change caption on WB106 photo to read:
“WB-106. Large date, normal date.
Kam Ahwash’s Dime Book Personal Reference Copy in recent
auction. Len Augsburger
reports on the recent sale of this significant numismatic treasure. In the E-Gobrecht Volume 1, Issue
2, John McCloskey described his presentation copy of the Kam Ahwash Encyclopedia of
very book seems to have recently appeared in George F. Kolbe's sale of the
Craig and Ruanne Smith Numismatic Library, lot 62. This sale was recently conducted
"Special leatherbound copy, impressed in gilt at
the base of the upper cover: "Kamal M. Ahwash/1977". Ex. Craig Smith. The entire first edition comprised
500 copies, of which 100 were specially numbered and bound in
leather-grained padded blue cloth.
This example at hand, presumably the author's own special copy, is
the only one known to us bound in leather and may be unique. Ahwash graduated from the National
Conservatory of Music in
Estimated at $2,000, the volume sold to a floor bidder at $4,830, a splendid tribute to the founder of the Liberty Seated Collector's Club and the significance of his work on Liberty Seated dime varieties.
==> Anyone wishing to report their recent finds, including rarities, cherry picks, late die states, “neat coins,” etc., are encouraged to share it with others in this column.
- Michael Fey recently purchased two 1844-O WB-103 Dramatically Doubled Date half dollars, one in a NGC 55 holder and one raw, cleaned AU detail net grade XF.
Osburn reports this market update in an email announcement of his updated
- John McCloskey, President of the LSCC and the Editor of the Gobrecht Journal provides an update on the efforts to make a Gobrecht Journal Fifth Collective Volume. “I am currently working on preparing the Fifth Collective Volume of the journal. It has been difficult to produce because of the rapidly changing technology during the time that the issues for Volume Five were being published. For example, we had no digital pictures in the computer from this period so that all of the pictures had to be placed into the documents before a computer disk could be prepared. The multiple upgrades in the software from the early period also gave us fits in recovering the original documents. However, we are making progress between publication of each of the new issues.”
the Editor. I attended to a
ANA Summer Seminar:
LSCC Meeting at the 2005 ANA Convention TBD
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