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June 30, 2011

Like a baseball game announcer I can say three up, three down to describe the Mint’s success in marketing the first three of its 2010 America the Beautiful 5-ounce silver uncirculated collector coins.

Even as the Mint was adding some waiting list names to top off the third offering, the Yosemite coin, yesterday also saw the beginning of sales of the 2010 Grand Canyon 5-ounce silver uncirculated collector coin.

Reader Ricky L. Snyder emailed me to report that he had easily placed his order just five minutes past noon.

“It was stress free and as easy as eating apple pie and vanilla ice cream on a hot summer day,” he wrote.

On the other hand, apparently some individuals are having trouble keeping the moving parts of the program straight.

A phone call that I received yesterday was from a collector on the other end of the line saying he had bought the five coins early this year.

What are they, collector or bullion coins, he asked?

Are they going to make more, he wondered?

He even had a copy of Numismatic News and was reading from the “Mint Statistics” column.

I told him what he had purchased were the 2010 bullion coins and the 33,000 mintages reported there were final.

The coins being sold by the Mint now were the 2010 collector versions and the 2011 bullion coins.

Is there a third kind, he inquired?

I assured him there were just two kinds, and obviously even with statistical lists there are problems keeping track of them.

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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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