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Halloween in Denver?
August 18, 2008

The Aug. 26 issue of Numismatic News ran a story by the Associated Press about protesters in Denver who during the final week in August are going to try to levitate the Mint there.

Yes, I did a double take at the word "levitate" just to make sure I had read what I read. I did. I laughed.

It got funnier.

I was only 13 in 1968 so I guess I am seeing now what I missed out on back in the day.

A group called Recreate 68 said it plans to surround the Mint on Aug. 25 in an attempt to levitate the one-square-block building and "shake the money out of it for the people.''

Gosh, I had better get my wheelbarrow and get over there pronto.

The story also said that the event is meant to commemorate an anti-Vietnam war protest in October 1967, when demonstrators sought to levitate the Pentagon.

You remember that, don't you? The big flying Pentagon? No? I don't either, but then I was pretty preoccupied with coins that year. Maybe I missed it.

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On August 19, 2008 Bill Nordan said
There's no end to what people will imagine when they're smoking pot!

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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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