Monday Morning Brief for Jan. 10, 2022: Remembering Harvey Stack

January 10, 2022 1 min read

Monday Morning Brief for Jan. 10, 2022: Remembering Harvey Stack

By William T. Gibbs , Coin World, Published: Jan 10, 2022, 7 AM

Harvey Stack was in the right place at the right time with the right idea as he sat before the U.S. House Banking Committee’s Coinage Subcommittee in July 1995 to propose the 50 State Quarters Program, which increased the number of collectible coins issued by the United States Mint. It is ironic that, then and until last week, he was one of the fiercest critics of the Mint for issuing too many coins that it offers at premium prices.

Harvey had been invited by the chairman of the Coinage Subcommittee, Mike Castle of Delaware, to discuss the hobby’s concerns over the proliferation of noncirculating commemorative coins. Harvey was one of the harshest critics of the commemorative program, for offering too many coins with little chance of future increases in value.

During the hearing, Harvey suggested to Castle a circulating commemorative quarter dollar program honoring the 50 states in the order they entered the Union. Castle slowly warmed to the idea and in 1996, issued legislation that eventually authorized the 50 States quarter dollars program.

Years later, Harvey wrote in Coin World, “When I first proposed the idea of circulating commemorative State quarter dollars in 1995 to Congress, it was to be as a way of giving the public a chance to start a meaningful collection with a cost of just face value per coin. All the public had to do was watch their change.”

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