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No MS-70 for Me
February 13, 2012

While I was in Germany I had an email from someone who wrote that there appeared to be a mistake in the Coin Market table of gold, silver and platinum Eagle prices.

It appears monthly in the first issue of each month in Numismatic News. I wrote back that I would take a look at it when I returned to the United States.

Sure enough, there is a duplicate listing for the 2011-W uncirculated silver American Eagle that the Mint sells directly to collectors. The duplicate listing appeared in the Feb. 7 issue.It will be eliminated for the next monthly appearance in the March 6 issue.

I have always said that readers are the best proof readers. Any errors are quickly spotted and reported to me. That’s the way it should be. If only I could be perfect and simply not make mistakes. Well, that isn’t going to happen. I will never earn an MS-70 grade. If only I could catch all of my mistakes and those of other writers before they make it into print. Well, that is impossible as well. The best we can hope for is an ongoing dialogue.

I hope mistakes are kept to a minimum, but when they happen, let me know. And if you don’t spot any mistakes this week, let me know what you are thinking anyway.

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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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