... and we had another thread recently on proof coins from this era being slightly underweight: http://goccf.com/t/376711
very interesting. I was telling folks back then to avoid buying Franklin Mint coins. Although I did buy this Franklin Mint print in the after market and still have it on my wall.
Baseball cards makers were doing the same thing. Grossly over-charging and trying to convince collectors that they were buying rarities (made the week prior - har!)