John Lupia submitted the following information from his Encyclopedic Dictionary of Numismatic Biographies for this
week's installment of his series. Thanks. As always, this is an excerpt with the full article and bibliography available online. This
week's subject is Reading, Pennsylvania dealer Harvey Rissmiller. -Editor
Harvey Rissmiller (1882-1963), was born at Leesport, Berks County, Pennsylvania, on July 26, 1882, son of Henry Rissmiller (1837-1905),
and Mary Wanshop (later remarried Harrison Troutman) (1851-1926).
Rissmiller, ANA Member No. 5863, had three lifelong careers which he seems to have held sometimes simultaneously : a men's barber,
commercial printer, and coin and stamp dealer. He spent his last forty-five years living at 420 North 12th Street, Reading, Pennsylvania,
where he advertised as a stamp and coin dealer.
In the field of numismatics he was a generalist dealing in ancient, foreign and U. S. coins, continental currency, fractional currency,
broken bank notes, and all sorts of U. S. and foreign paper money. He published a Coin Guide during the 1920's, and various
numbered and unnumbered circulars for stamps and coins. He seems to have dealt large quantities of U. S. copper and early silver coins.
He began to sell stamps and coins as a sideline during the 1920's advertising in popular magazines for young kids and adults like
Boy's Life and Popular Mechanics. Looking at his inventory many pieces could easily have been sorted out from pocket change or what
passed over the counter at his print shop or barber shop.
Throughout the 1950's he maintained his barber shop business well into his 70's.
He died of pneumonia at the age of 81 at Community General Hospital on September 16, 1963, and is buried at the Charles Evans Cemetery,
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