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, Brad Karoleff, recorded at a Florida United Numismatists (FUN) Convention several years ago.
Posted Nov-21-2023 - Presentation: "A Fresh Look at the 1795 Silver Plug Dollar" by Christopher Pilliod and David Finkelstein. Based on preliminary evidence, the long-held theories about why a silver plug was added to a number of 1795 Flowing Hair Silver Dollars may be wrong. A third potential reason under study will be shared with the club at FUN 2024.
JRCS General Meetings via Zoom
Posted Nov-20-2023 - 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. If you have a topic you would like to present, please contact the Website Administrator. The next quarterly Zoom meeting is scheduled for: Wednesday, February 21, 2024, 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.
Discussion of New Book: Die State Progressions of the Capped Bust Half Dollars 1807-1836, First Edition
Posted May-20-2022 - If you missed the May 18, 2022, JRCS Quarterly Zoom meeting, you missed the educational presentation on the BHNC's new book, Die State Progressions of the Capped Bust Half Dollars 1807-1836, First Edition. The video has been posted here.
Past Issues of the JR Journal Available on the Newman Numismatic Portal
Posted Feb-22-2022 - The John Reich Journal is available on the Newman Numismatic Portal through Volume 28, Issue 3 (November 2018). 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.
The JRCS Cud Project
Posted Dec-01-2021 - 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, under Resources. 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. You may also send a link to any specimen imaged on a major numismatic website.
JRCS Facebook Page
Posted Aug-18-2021 - Check out the JRCS Facebook page. All JRCS members are welcome to join. Enjoy real-time conversations with the experts!
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.
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.