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Go Into Roll Business?
February 28, 2011

Remember the roll and bag coin dealers? It takes quite a bit of effort to do so nowadays.

There are few left compared to when I got my start in the 1960s.

Back then they were looked upon as agents to help collectors get the hard to find “D” mint coins out East and the elusive “P” mint coins out West.

They provided this service year in and year out and you could order older dates as well.

What could be better?

Well, times have changed.

Nowadays collectors are demanding the Mint make sure that all coins of all mintmarks be at their local bank on demand.

It was never this way before. It isn’t likely ever to happen.

Why the snarly attitude?

Maybe its the water we’re drinking.

But then again, maybe it is the lack of those friendly and helpful roll and bag dealers who used to help us get the coins we needed at reasonable prices.

I had an e-mail from someone living in Spencer, N.Y., last week who said he had seen all the 2011 coins but the Presidential dollars in his change.

If anyone can relaunch the roll and bag service to collectors, perhaps he could, or someone else could check out Spencer, N.Y. as a source of supply.

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About the Author
David C. Harper has been a coin collector since 1963. He joined the Krause Publications editorial staff in 1978 and is currently editor of Numismatic News and World Coin News. He also edits two books annually, North American Coins & Prices and Coin Digest. He is the author of the Class of '63 column that runs each week in Numismatic News. His first bylined numismatic article appeared in the June 1971 issue of Coins Magazine and his various Krause Publications assignments included a stint as editor of the magazine 1980-1983. Harper received a bachelor of science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in 1977. He had a double major of journalism and economics.

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