Jim Koenings has published a new book, "The Koenings Collection of 1839 Philadelphia Half Dollars, Including Liberty Seated Half Dollars". Congratulations! Here's his announcement.
At right is the cover page of my new book on 1839 Half Dollars.
To the best of my knowledge this new book is the only complete collection of all 15 die marriages for the year 1839. This book has all 8 known die marriages of 1839 Capped Bust Reeded Edge Half Dollars including the highest graded certified specimen of 1839 GR-1 in NGC AU50. It also includes all 7 Liberty Seated Half Dollar die marriages.
I have been a member of John Reich Collectors Society (JRCS) since June of 1986 and a member of Liberty Seated Coin Club (LSCC) since November 2020. I bought my first Reeded Edge Half Dollar in November 2009 and by November 2017 I had 53 of the 56 known die marriages. Since then, I have become a very serious die stage collector and believe my collection of Reeded Edge Halve is the most complete in the world.
In August 2022, I purchased my first 1839 Liberty Seated Half Dollar, an 1839 WB-6 in PCGS XF45 in a Heritage Auction and hoped to find the remaining 6 die marriages in the same grade. That didn't happen. However, eight months later, I did find them in reasonable grades and they are now shown in my new book.
It has been 11 years since Dick Graham printed his book
A Registry of Die Varieties of Reeded Edge Half Dollars 1836-1839. Things change, rarities change and new information has been learned.
The Koenings Collection of 1839 Philadelphia Half Dollars, including Liberty Seated Half Dollars is my attempt to inform all collectors of the opportunities available for the year 1839. It includes numerous die stages of 1839 die marriages including newly discovered information on 1839 GR-8's with Greatly Rotated reverses.
The book also covers the history of previous authors and includes extra large photos of each obverse and reverse (6 in diameter). It is 8.5 x 11 and has protective Mylar covers along with spiral binding that allows you to open the book and lay it flat to see both pages of a particular die marriage. There are more than 71 pages plus indexes and a total of 65 extra large photos.
It is now available to JRCS members, LSCC members and all collectors for $39 plus $4 for shipping and handling. Only 100 copies have been printed. If you would like a copy, please send a check or money order to:
P.O. Box 2382
Riverside, CA 92516
If you would like your copy sooner, you can send payment of $43 through Paypal to my email address of
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