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Everybody Likes Change
October 26, 2011



Change – not the things will be different kind, but the coins in your pocket kind – seems to be popular at the moment.

Reader input regarding hunting for coins in circulation seems to be running fairly high lately.

That’s a good thing in a hobby that was built on Whitman albums and searching through large quantities of coins to find the rights ones to plug into the holes.

But the question is why?

For many years going back to the implementation of the Coinage Act of 1965 I have heard and read collector comments declaring the circulation finds era to be over.

There is nothing left to found, the story went.

So why do we keep on looking?

I for one just can’t help myself. It’s a habit. It’s fun. I also occasionally find something worth reporting on, like the silver quarter I received at the grocery store last October.

Hard to believe though it is, there are still silver coins out there to be found. There also are error coins.

I have even had recent inquiry as to why it is so hard to find 2009 Jefferson nickels. That means at least one person is avidly searching nickels and wasn’t around when we reported on the extremely low mintages that year due to the recession.

I guess collectors old and new think checking change is fun and that is something that may never change.





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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, Bank Note Reporter 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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