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Colin Bruce Has Left The Building
November 04, 2008

Colin Bruce Wraps Up 34+ Years At KP

In 1974 Clifford Mishler brought Colin Bruce II out to Iola, WI to work on the Standard Catalog of World Coins. Colin stayed with it, expanding the series, additing in data and images, proofing, editing and lending his expertise for over 34 years. His last day with the company was this past Friday, October 31, 2008.

Randy Thern, who spent over 20 years with KP in the numismatic advertising and catalog divisions, also left the company this past Friday, October 31, 2008. Many of our contributors knew Randy from email correspondence, as well as from his annual visits to the Michigan State show and the New York Internation Numismatic Convention.

Both Coiln and Randy will certainly be missed here in our offices, but the rest of us will troop on. It will be up to us and our contributors to make sure the Standard Catalogs continue to thrive and provide our shared hobby with a central exchange for up to date information.

Over my years here, many good people have come and gone through the KP Numismatic cataloging department. I fondly remember my days with Marian Moe, Joan Melum, Fred Borgmann, Bob Wilhite, Sally Olsen, Sherry Dopp, Kathy Hines, Ethel Thulien, Joel Edler, Elizabeth Burgert and now Randy Thern and Colin Bruce.

I thank them all for their parts in building the catalog that we have all worked on for so long. Thank you for a good job, one and all.

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About the Author
Tom Michael has been Krause Publications primary market analyst on more than 80 world and United States coin catalogs produced over the last 20 years. He came to KP in 1987 with a bachelor of arts degree in history, a master of arts degree in economics and a history of coin collecting stretching back to the 1960s. He began collecting world coins as a child by asking friends and relatives to bring coins back from overseas trips, visiting flea markets and having his mother watch for foreign coins in her register at the local grocery store. Today he works with a dedicated base of over 200 contributors to provide accurate market values for the five-volume Standard Catalog of World Coins series, as well as many specialty catalogs, including Coins & Currency of the Middle East and the fifth edition of Unusual World Coins.

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