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They can't mean that, can they?
August 27, 2008

When you ask a stupid question, you know what happens.

When Numismatic News went to press with the Aug. 26 issue, it featured a story on Page 4 about protesters in Denver hoping to levitate the Denver Mint during the last week of August.

I thought it was funny. I thought it a good idea to ask in our weekly poll question whether the protesters would levitate the mint.

Well, 36 percent said yes.

That might worry me if I thought the repondents were serious. I am assuming they thought the topic was just as silly as I did and were giving me as much of a silly answer as I was asking a silly question.

The written responses that followed up in the Sept. 2 issue were sparse. Usually we get so many answers we cannot run them all in the space we have. That was not the case with this poll question.

Just in case you missed the news, the protesters did not succeed in levitating the mint.

If my theory on this poll question is incorrect, then we are all in trouble.

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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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