Introduction to the

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.

The John Reich Collectors Society (JRCS) is a specialty numismatic organization of 450 numismatics from most of the states. California may lead in the total number, but the adjoining eight state Northeast and Mid-west area has almost 50% of our total membership.

At the 1984 Detroit ANA convention, the founding directors agreed to apply to the Internal Revenue Service for a 501(c)(3) tax exempt status for the JRCS. At the Baltimore ANA convention a year later, the directors opened the membership to anyone willing to pay annual dues, which would include a subscription to the John Reich Journal. Dave Davis volunteered to be Editor and published the first journal in January 1986.

During the following ANA convention in Milwaukee on August 8, 1986, the first general membership meeting was held. Jules Reiver and Jim Matthews were elected directors, as well as the five dime book authors. Allen Lovejoy gave a slide presentation depicting the reverse dies shared between the early quarter eagles and dimes. Since Milwaukee, the JRCS has conducted their annual meeting at the ANA summer convention and always included an educational program on our favorite subject: Silver and gold Federal Coinage.