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Year Begins With a Happy Ending
January 12, 2012

Coin and paper money dealers are some of the most competitive people on the planet during business hours on the bourse floor.

“Intense” is not a strong enough word to describe the rivalries to find deals and to get deals done.

However, in their off hours they can be and often are the greatest of friends and professional colleagues who watch each other’s backs.

At the Florida United Numismatists convention I found an example of this.

A well-known dealer, who would rather not be named, lost a bank bag in the convention center parking lot. In the bag was a professionally graded Series 1900 $10,000 Gold Certificate, invoices, checks, cash and other papers normally found in such a bag.

This occurred Wednesday night.

The dealer didn’t even realize it was missing until the next day. After some frantic searching and that panicky feeling that goes with it, the cavalry came to the rescue in the person of FUN’s Bob Hurst, who showed up at the table on Thursday asking the dealer if he was missing something.

How did Bob get it?

It turns out Larry Shepherd and Xiaolong Teng were walking in the parking lot about 8 o’clock on Wednesday night when she spotted the bag and turned it in to FUN.

The dealer once again in possession of his bank bag on Thursday was more than just grateful. He suggested a reward in the form of a day at the spa. When that was refused he tracked me down to tell me the story so I could get the word out.

I’m glad he did.

In a world that usually pays attention only to bad news, I think we need to be aware that there are happy endings, too.

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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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