John Reich Journal

Volume 25 / Issue 2 July 2015 Whole No. 76

Official Publication of the
John Reich Collectors Society

The purpose of the John Reich Collectors Society (JRCS) is to encourage the study of numismatics, particularly United States gold and silver coins minted before the introduction of the Seated Liberty design, and to provide technical and educational information concerning such coins.

Annual dues      $25.00
Life Membership      $625.00

For general membership information, contact:
Steve Crain
P.O. Box 1680, Windham, ME 04062

For letters to the editor or articles for publication, contact:
Bradley S. Karoleff, NLG
225 East 6th Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Web Address:

The John Reich Journal is the official publication of the Society and is distributed to all members in good standing. Members are encouraged to submit any articles encouraging the study of numismatics and / or relating to early United States gold and silver coins to the editors. Especially needed are articles containing new information about die marriages, die states of published die marriages, attribution methods, collections, collectors, etc.

2014/2015 Officers
President Emeritus David J. Davis
General Membership Information
Journal Submissions
Bradley S. Karoleff
Vice President
New Member Services, back issues
Richard Meaney
2nd Vice President Stephen J. Herrman
Membership Renewal
P.O. Box 1680 Windham, ME 04062
Stephen A. Crain
Membership Status Questions
W. David Perkins
Program Chairman Richard Meaney
Director Dr. Glenn Peterson

Volume 25 / Issue 2 July 2015 Whole No. 76


Editor’s Comments Bradley S. Karoleff, NLG
David Hart Jr., April 10, 1799 - April 3, 1862 David Finkelstein
Cuds on Early Dimes — Part 1 Jim Matthews
Analysis of the 1815 Half Dollar Underdigit Garrett S. Ziss, David Finkelstein, and Dr. Charles Link Jr.
1807 Capped Bust Half Dollar Large and Small Stars John Dannreuther and John Kraljevich
2015 Half Dime Census Survey 1792-1837 Stephen A. Crain and Richard Meaney
Reverse Shield Element Lines on 1798 Heraldic Eagle Silver Dollars W. David Perkins, NLG
Contemporary Counterfeit Bust Dimes Winston Zack

Articles may not be reproduced without permission of the John Reich Collectors Society

Cover Photos: The coin plated on the front and back cover of the Journal is the obverse and reverse of the newly discovered 1803 “Large 3” B-8, BB-257 silver dollar die marriage. This new die marriage was discovered in 2014, and and pairs a previously unknown obverse die to a known reverse die. The reverse die was used previously in striking the 1803 B-6, BB-255 marriage. The key diagnostic for the newly discovered obverse die is the recutting of the T in LIBERTY at and below its base.
Photos courtesy of Heritage Auctions.