In 1973 I’m working in a large mail order business in
San Diego. We ran full-page weekly ads in national coin
publications, needing regular infusions of new material to fill orders for collectors
across the country. One of our key sources
of new material was Harlan White.
Harlan White, owner of
Diego’s Old Coin Shop, was a dynamic and savvy dealer,
an industry leader as it transitioned from a rich man’s hobby to fun for every
man. Harlan handled all series of U.S. coins and
currency, specializing in Silver Dollars, $50 gold coins, Hawaiian coins and
high denomination currency. If you
needed a $500 or $1000 bill, Harlan would likely have it on hand.
Harlan sometimes seemed a bit larger than life; he really loved to tease and play jokes on family, friends and the unsuspecting public. He had an astute eye for coins as well as varied items of interest and value to collectors.