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Turkey or Coins? What's Your Choice?
October 29, 2008

What do you do on Thanksgiving weekend? Eat turkey? Watch football? Visit family? All of the above? One thing I'll bet you rarely do is work.

Coin collectors in Michigan attend the Michigan State Numismatic Society show in Dearborn, beginning the day after Thanksgiving and running through Sunday. This year the dates are Nov. 28-30.

It is a remarkable event. I have been there twice in 30 years. I am glad I have seen the show, but as I told MSNS secretary-treasurer Joe LeBlanc, when I interviewed him for Coin Chat Radio this week, I am even more glad that I haven't seen any more of them. After all, I like my Thanksgiving's at home better.

Naturally, I asked him how his organization could make a success of the show on such a counterintuitive schedule.

Listen to his answer starting tomorrow morning at 11 a.m. Central Time at

Fortunately for me, our former company president, Cliff Mishler, is from Michigan. He made the show a family event. He is usually accompanied by his son-in-law, Randy Thern, and sometimes grandkids.

Mishler does what he enjoys and it has given the rest of the Numismatic News staff a break to enjoy their own holiday traditions.

Thanks, Cliff. And good luck again this year, MSNS.

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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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