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What a Pleasure to Be Wrong
September 27, 2011



Being corrected is part of the job of an editor. Sometimes this can even be an enjoyable experience. As an example of an enjoyable correction, I take a piece of mail I received yesterday.

It was from John Queen. He worked at Paramount during its heyday in the late 1960s and early 1970s. He knew Jim Kelly, a name that carried great weight in the numismatic community until his death in 1967.

Queen was also a dealer in his own right.

He is writing for Numismatic News nowadays to share some of his memories with the current generation of readers.

What’s the correction?

He objects to a note that I put at the end of his articles. There are many readers who do not remember when he was an advertiser in the 1970s.

What did I get wrong?

Well, he objects to being described as a “retired coin dealer.”

He writes, “I am not retired. I conduct a quite successful coin business keeping regular hours 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. When I am busy I also work the afternoons. I also manage 18 acres with two very large gardens a nut orchard, etc.”

Did I mention that he is 89 years old?

We should all be so lucky to stay busy with what we love to do.

That’s the beauty of numismatics. It is a lifelong pursuit that only ends when we, as individual hobbyists, say it ends, and not before.

It will be a great pleasure for me to remove the reference.



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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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