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Was Your Proof Eagle Hunt a Success?
November 22, 2010



Hunting for the proof 2010 silver American Eagle began at noon Eastern time on Friday. Buyers as expected were numerous enough to slow down the Mint’s order processing system and slow down the phone lines.

Early in the process one reader said it took him 16 minutes to enter his online order. If you ordered online, how did you do?

The Mint’s telephone lines on Friday afternoon were giving busy signals when you pressed 1 to order during the first several hours.

If you ordered the proof Eagles that way, how long did it take you to get through? Around here, there was waiting of another sort.

It is deer hunting season in Wisconsin. It is a Thanksgiving week tradition and hunters plan their vacations accordingly. The woods, restaurants and gasoline stations are full of individuals dressed in orange.

Businesses welcome the visitors. It does slow down the rest of us, too, but it is part of the local excitement. We are used to it and we sometimes run into people we haven’t seen since the last hunting season.

This is a short business week for all of us. Regular business hours come to a halt here in the Krause Publications office on Wednesday noon. We get back to the usual routine on the following Monday.

Looking at my e-mail this morning, I would guess that many of my readers have already begun to take their time off.

I’m jealous.



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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, Bank Note Reporter 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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