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Don’t everyone leave at once
May 27, 2011

Ah, the first weekend of the summer is upon us. I look forward to it every year with two minds.

I am glad that it is finally warm enough to be outside and to have a three-day weekend to enjoy the outdoors.

However, in the back of my mind, I know that other hobbyists like to slack off in the summer, too. That always runs the risk of a summer slowdown for the numismatic commercial sector if too many of us decide to take vacations.

Some years when the coin market is hot, hot, hot, it does not slow down at all in the summer.

We have had a number of these active summers in recent years.

Will our run of luck continue?

You never know.

Just in case, perhaps the American Numismatic Association should set up a collector vacation clearinghouse.

No more than 1/12th of all collectors will be allowed to take a vacation in any given month. That way the economic impact of our absences on dealers will be evenly spread throughout the year.


OK. Be stubborn, then, but enjoy your time off whenever you take it.

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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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