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What's Your Sushi Moment?
February 03, 2011



Coin collecting has a hold on me that I can’t define precisely. I am sure most collectors feel the same way.

That I must be a coin collector is a given. Precisely what I collect can change.

When I was a kid, I went through the various denominations in circulation and filled up my Whitman albums, or at least attempted to. For much of that time I was working on multiple sets at once.

That was a common experience for many of my generation of hobbyists.

I have tried esoteric things like Boggs bills – the artwork created mostly in the 1990s by artist J.S.G. Boggs. It was different. It was interesting. Then it seems like I hit a brick wall and I probably haven’t given these notes more than five minutes’ worth of attention in the last 10 years.

The artist’s life went into a downward spiral to prison for matters not related to his art. What he is doing now I don’t know.

Collectors have so many possible choices that they might be overwhelmed and then do nothing. That would be a shame.

If you try something, it might turn out to be a wrong choice, but the beauty of collecting is you learn from it and try something else.

I was reminded of this when I was in Berlin. There was so much to see and not enough time to see it all. I certainly tried.

On the way to dinner one night I was asked what I liked. I said I would eat anything but sushi.

I ended up eating kangaroo at an Australian restaurant, which is an interesting outcome in Germany.

I had never eaten it before and I have to say it was quite good.

As for sushi, I have been challenged to try it, so I promised I would when the opportunity arose at a future coin show.

Will I like it?

I don’t know, but if I do not, as with coins, I will try something else. I will always be eating something.



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About the Author
David C. Harper has been a coin collector since 1963. He joined the Krause Publications editorial staff in 1978 and is currently editor of Numismatic News, Bank Note Reporter and World Coin News. He also edits two books annually, North American Coins & Prices and Coin Digest. He is the author of the Class of '63 column that runs each week in Numismatic News. His first bylined numismatic article appeared in the June 1971 issue of Coins Magazine and his various Krause Publications assignments included a stint as editor of the magazine 1980-1983. Harper received a bachelor of science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in 1977. He had a double major of journalism and economics.

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