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Of Silver, Caesars and Lincoln
April 18, 2011

I am just back from the Chicago International Coin Fair. It was a good show. Chinese coins are on fire.

Ancients also are doing noticeably well.

The American Numismatic Society had a table on the bourse floor and collector Mike Gasvoda displayed his collection of the imperial Roman Twelve Caesars in gold, silver and bronze at that table.

To see that collection and its high quality was to have your socks knocked off. Because the display was on a bourse floor Mike said a number of people thought the coins were for sale and made offers to purchase certain pieces in the set.

Were the set to be auctioned today, it would bring multiples of $1 million. The only question would be how many multiples.

For those of us who don’t have checkbooks that can handle such sums, there was the phenomenon of silver to talk about. It was on everybody’s mind when it touched $43 a troy ounce.

Naturally, I came home with a few coins in change from toll booth transactions and buying snacks in the gift shop.

Two things caught my eye when I looked at my change.

The first thing was a Young Lincoln cent from 2009. I have received very few of the 2009 Lincoln designs ever, so getting one naturally catches my eye.

The other thing I noticed was that most of the quarters I received were from the pre-state quarter period.

I did get an Idaho quarter and a New Hampshire, but the other four had the standard eagle.

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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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