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Help Memphis be Memphis
June 07, 2011

The International Paper Money Show is formally set to open on Friday, June 10.

I won’t be there.

After running up a string of 20 consecutive shows in attendance, my duties changed and now I will increase my string of absences in Memphis to 3.

I miss the paper money chatter and all the hobbyists I would get to talk to there. I miss the heat and humidity and riding on the trolley in my shirtsleeves on a lazy June evening (though the weatherman is bringing Iola Memphis-like temperatures today and tomorrow). I also miss the ribs at the Rendezvous.

This year, I expect, hobbyists will see how the city is bouncing back from the floods of just a few weeks ago.

There will be a charity poker tournament tomorrow night in Memphis. Proceeds go to Project Breakthrough. Raising funds for charity show the numismatic community at its best.

If you aren’t going to Memphis, you can still do your bit to make life better for individuals who have been harmed by this spring’s natural disasters.

Starting this morning on our ShopNumismaster web site, 50 percent of our profits will go to the Red Cross for relief. Perhaps you need a paper money reference book. Now is the time to buy it and give others a boost.

Sure, its not a poker tournament in Memphis, but then you will still know in your heart that you have done something to help Memphis and other river communities get back on their feet.

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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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