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What Would We Do Without Coins?
December 22, 2011

I had a good laugh on the way to the office this morning. It had snowed overnight, so I had to shovel before I departed for work. It is a typical winter event for me in Wisconsin.

However, since the office closes down today at noon, I am quite naturally a little eager to get to work, get my tasks done and get home, so snow is not exactly a welcome event as it slows everything down a bit.

Well, I had an attitude adjustment on the way to work. A young kid dressed in a snowsuit was on his way to school. He was wearing a backpack, yet he was crawling along on the sidewalk deliberately making impressions in the new snow.

How could I not laugh?

My obstacle was obviously fun for the kid.

It made me ask the question again, what’s it all for?

I think you know the answer.

Though we all watch the swings in the price of gold and silver, worrry about the future and attitudes toward the Mint took a hit among collectors, for me coin collecting is still fun and interesting and I wouldn’t trade what I do for anything.

The kid wasn’t exactly a visit from the ghost of Christmas present, but it did help me get into the spirit of the season.

I hope you have gotten there, too.

My next blog will be Dec. 27.

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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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