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Watch this space
July 30, 2007

Remember the old ad that said "Watch this space"? I do. It wasn't particularly clever, but it apparently was effective enough to make people curious.

Watch Something is coming.

The staff here is winding up and getting ready to throw a pitch about our 55th anniversary.

The very first issue of Numismatic News was the Oct. 13, 1952, edition. Since that time, the paper has changed and grown along with the hobby. It grew fatter in good times, thinner in bad times, but always was a part of the hobby scene.

This involvement couldn't have been achieved without the support of our readers. To keep them active and interested for five and a half decades is quite a record.

I have been personally involved with the paper both as a subscriber and as an employee for more than 38 years. I have seen a lot, but I clearly haven't seen it all. The nearly 17 years that passed before I first encountered a copy were as rich and interesting as any years that have followed.

What hasn't changed is that collectors want to collect. Anything that helps them along the way is considered a good thing. They ask what is it? What's it worth? Where can it be purchased? Numismatic News has tried to answer those three questions ever and always as its basic approach to hobby news.

We have brought this philosophy online. The medium is much newer than paper and a printing press, but the quest to collect does not change. Answering the three basic questions is still the mission.

Watch this space. Something is indeed coming.

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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 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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