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1839 half from Jules Reiver's junk box

While spending a week with Jules and Iona. Jules says here's a junk box take any piece you want
Knowing Jules was in the beginning stages of alzimers I picked out an 1878 proof 20 cent piece and said This ain't junk . He said well take something else so I took this half. Not to familiar with the seated series is it worth sending in to be graded (would it straight grade) and what grade would you guesstimate at?

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    BillJonesBillJones Posts: 33,486 ✭✭✭✭✭

    It is an 1839 With Drapery Half Dollar. The grade is at least a high end AU judging by the photos which are not quite close enough to gave a better estimate grade. The Grey Sheet says an AU-58 is worth $1,100 so it would be worth sending in for a grade.

    BTW my mother went to the University of Delaware at the same same time Jules was studying there.

    Retired dealer and avid collector of U.S. type coins, 19th century presidential campaign medalets and selected medals. In recent years I have been working on a set of British coins - at least one coin from each king or queen who issued pieces that are collectible. I am also collecting at least one coin for each Roman emperor from Julius Caesar to ... ?
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    Billjones That must have been before WWII Did you know Jules?

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    dsessomdsessom Posts: 2,212 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I would guess AU58, and I see no reason it wouldn't straight grade. I had never heard of Jules Reiver before, but just did a bit of reading, and the man was a legend!

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    gonzergonzer Posts: 2,991 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Must have been some time ago.

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    Gonzer 1980's

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    RLSnapperRLSnapper Posts: 524 ✭✭✭✭✭

    My one coin from The Jules Reiver Collection

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    RLSnapper Nice

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    1madman1madman Posts: 1,298 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I can’t tell how bad the scratches are in the field by Liberty’s left arm. I think it will straight grade

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    pursuitoflibertypursuitofliberty Posts: 6,596 ✭✭✭✭✭

    My only Reiver coin (still in NGC plastic)



    “We are only their care-takers,” he posed, “if we take good care of them, then centuries from now they may still be here … ”

    Todd - BHNC #242
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    pursuitoflibertypursuitofliberty Posts: 6,596 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited February 10, 2023 4:20PM

    For what it's worth, your looks 55ish from the images

    Nice story, nice coin


    “We are only their care-takers,” he posed, “if we take good care of them, then centuries from now they may still be here … ”

    Todd - BHNC #242
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    Persuitofliberty nice coin do you know the Overton #

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    RLSnapperRLSnapper Posts: 524 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I nearly forgot .....I have his inscription to Walter Breen on a copy of "Mature Head United States Copper Cents 1843-1857" written by the man himself. Jules Reiver. It holds a place of honor in my Library!

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    RLSnapper That's awesome

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    pursuitoflibertypursuitofliberty Posts: 6,596 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Bustquarterhound said:
    Persuitofliberty nice coin do you know the Overton #

    Yes, O-115. I have a higher graded example, but I probably won't part with this one.

    @RLSnapper said:
    I nearly forgot .....I have his inscription to Walter Breen on a copy of "Mature Head United States Copper Cents 1843-1857" written by the man himself. Jules Reiver. It holds a place of honor in my Library!

    That is pretty special!!


    “We are only their care-takers,” he posed, “if we take good care of them, then centuries from now they may still be here … ”

    Todd - BHNC #242
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    mark_dakmark_dak Posts: 1,095 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Helluva junk box!

    Mark

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    rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Bustquarterhound.... Nice coin... I would guess high AU.... Worth submitting. Let us know what you do and how it grades. Cheers, RickO

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    BillJonesBillJones Posts: 33,486 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Bustquarterhound said:
    Billjones That must have been before WWII Did you know Jules?

    My mother was in the class of 1940 at the University of Delaware. I met Jules once at an EAC convention that was held in California. He was a great guy. He sent me one of his books about Reeded Edge Half Dollars.

    He was a remarkable collector who attempted to collect all of the early coins, except the gold, by die variety. I remember a Boston dealer was bidding on behalf of Jules on a rare variety of the 1800 half dime. Few people know it, but there are four varieties of that date.

    Retired dealer and avid collector of U.S. type coins, 19th century presidential campaign medalets and selected medals. In recent years I have been working on a set of British coins - at least one coin from each king or queen who issued pieces that are collectible. I am also collecting at least one coin for each Roman emperor from Julius Caesar to ... ?
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    FairlanemanFairlaneman Posts: 10,408 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I look at some of his coins from time to time.
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    DelawareDoonsDelawareDoons Posts: 3,254 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I've bought and sold a couple Reiver coins. They were sublime examples of the types they represented. Your half dollar is no exception, what a nice AU Early Seated Half.

    Professional Numismatist. "It's like God, Family, Country, except Sticker, Plastic, Coin."

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    ExbritExbrit Posts: 1,252 ✭✭✭✭
    edited February 11, 2023 8:41PM

    Another example from Reiver’s collection

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    Exbrit. Awesome 1834

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    orevilleoreville Posts: 11,789 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I was lucky enough to acquire Jules 1942 one cent pattern at Heritage Auctions years ago.

    A Collectors Universe poster since 1997!

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