In 1957 at the age of 9 Harry, influenced by duplicates from his older brother's collection, was a stamp collector. He was also in the habit of checking his father's pocket change looking for dates needed by a friend who lived around the corner. One evening, when his dad arrived home from the 2-hour commute to New York City on the Long Island Railroad, he discovered a 1909-S Lincoln cent in VF condition.
Now friends are friends, but when he discovered he could get $4.50 for a penny, he was hooked. He began collecting coins with a passion. Every week he would get a bag of 5000 pennies from the local bank, financed by odd jobs, lawn cutting, snow shoveling in winter and as soon as he was old enough, newspaper routes. The bag of pennies would be searched and then traded in at the local department store for whatever unsearched rolls they had. Harry became what was known to the local merchants as "the penny boy". With all of this activity, the collection expanded fast, especially when he began delivering newspapers, since it was an old neighborhood where many people had old coins. Harry especially looked forward to the Christmas season when one elderly lady would bring out a large fruitcake tin filled with Indian cents and let him pick out 25 coins as a Christmas bonus for delivering her paper all year, usually late. It was mainly because of her that he had a complete Indian cent collection, all with full Liberty, lacking only the elusive 1877 by age 14.
In 1964 a local real estate broker, who bought & sold coins as a sideline, needed cash and offered everything he had for $1,000 (it was ultimately worth $1,300-$1,500). Harry had about $400 available from claming (commercial shellfish) which was now his summertime job at age 16. He borrowed $600 from a local bank on a note co-signed by his older brother, who worked in the bank as a teller. He got the loan provided he didn't pay it back in pennies. There was so much duplicate stuff that he began to set up a table at the local stamp and coin club which led him to buying and selling more material. Soon he found himself buying more collections and setting up at local 1 day coin shows, and from there Miller's Mint was founded in May 1967.
In the fall of 1968 Joan and Harry became engaged, and it was time to go for the security of Wall St. or open a Coin & Stamp shop. The Coin & Stamp shop won out, and following their wedding in February 1969 they lived behind the store. Following a tour of duty in the USMC the business flourished and in 1974 moved to the current location where they have a staff of 10 to service your needs.
After more then 37 years in business, Miller's Mint Ltd. has garnered a reputation for fairness and accuracy. The commitment to the collector is evident in everything we do.
The organization maintains membership in the American Numismatic Association, Florida United Numismatists, American Stamp Dealers Association and many more. Harry also contributes to major books and periodicals such as the "Red Book", the "Blue Book" and "Coin Market" among others.