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.
John Reich Journal
is the official publication of the Society, and is distributed to all members in good standing. Each year, the membership votes for the best article published in the previous year, and that author is presented with the
Jules Reiver Literary Award. The
provides an index search to locate articles in issues from 1986 to the present.
For more information on what the JRCS is all about, and for some interesting insights into collecting early U.S. coins, watch this video interview of JRCS President and JR Journal Editor, Brad Karoleff, recorded at a Florida United Numismatists (FUN) Convention several years ago.
Posted Jul-28-2021 - The latest issue of the John Reich Journal has been mailed. If anyone has not received their issue by the 31st, please let Brad Karoleff know, and we will forward a replacement to you. If you are not currently a member of the John Reich Collectors Society, you are encouraged to join us by clicking here.
JRCS General Meeting at the ANA WFOM in Rosemont, IL
Posted Jul-24-2021 - The John Reich Collectors Society General Meeting will be on Wednesday, August 11, 2021 at 8:30 AM in Room 7 of the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. All JRCS members, interested non-members, and their guests are welcome to attend. The educational session will be one you will not want to miss! Preeminent Bust Half Dime expert, Richard Meaney, will present a review of what major and minor collections have been sold recently, and will present news about a prized cud and a NEW DISCOVERY!
Needed: R4-R8 Capped Bust Half Dollar Die Marriage Census Information
Posted Jul-23-2021 - Census information is now being solicited for inclusion in the third issue of the John Reich Journal in 2021. Please email your complete inventory listing (including all duplicates and die states) of your R4-R8 Capped Bust Half Dollar die marriages to Steve Herrman. Please respond promptly to ensure inclusion of your collection in this Census.
JRCS General Meetings via Zoom
Posted Jul-22-2021 - The Board of Directors of the John Reich Collectors Society has a goal to hold quarterly video teleconference meetings via Zoom for the general membership (and other interested parties). For these meetings, we may expect a featured speaker and topic and other discussions of member interest. The next quarterly Zoom meeting is scheduled for: Wednesday, November 17, 2021, at 7:00 PM Eastern time, 4:00 PM Pacific time To participate in these quarterly JRCS general meetings via Zoom, please send an email to the Website Administrator, and you will be added to the notification list to receive a link to each meeting (about 48 hours ahead of the meeting time). You will remain on the notification list for subsequent meetings.
Downloadable Reference Tables for Volumes 1-30 of the JR Journal
Posted Apr-05-2021 - New searchable reference tables for the 760 articles in Volumes 1-30 of the JR Journal are available for downloading in PDF format on the JR Journal page. Please contact the Website Administrator if you need the information in Microsoft Excel format.
The JRCS Cud Project
Posted Dec-13-2020 - We are looking to obtain images of as many as possible retained and full cuds for all the series for posting in the Late Die State Showcase section of the website. To participate, please email your photos to Steve Herrman in the format of high quality JPEG images. There should be 1200 to 2400 pixels across each image with a file size of approximately 500KB to 2MB per image.
New JRCS Facebook Page
Posted May-25-2020 - Check out the new JRCS Facebook page. All JRCS members are welcome to join. Enjoy real-time conversations with the experts!
Past Issues of the JR Journal Available on the Newman Numismatic Portal
Posted May-01-2020 - The John Reich Journal is available on the Newman Numismatic Portal through Volume 26, Issue 3 (December 2016). You may do searches within the JR Journal by using the Advanced Search option. First, enter "John Reich Journal" in the Title field. Then, entering "1802 JR-1" in the Search Term field, for example, finds five matches within JRJ. One could similarly search for Overton or LM varieties.
Making Better Use of the JRCS Website
Posted Apr-15-2020 - Click on the 3-bar icon in the upper left corner of the Home page to access the About JRCS, Publications, and Resources sections. There is an Article Keyword search option for ease of locating articles of interest. Select the JR Journal Index page under Publications, and enter a word or two to search the article titles. Ideas, suggestions, and corrections for the website are welcomed by the Website Administrator.
The John Reich Journal
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
Especially needed are articles containing new information about die marriages, die states of published die varieties, attribution methods, collections, collectors, etc.
Journal Back Issues
Back issues of the John Reich Journal are available
from professional book dealer Bryce Brown of Avon, CT. Visit
and scroll down to JR Journals to view the available issues and pricing.