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Clubs to the Rescue
February 27, 2012

I received an email reminder from the Atlantic County, N.J., Numismatic Society will meet on Wednesday March 7 at the Linwood Public Library with the social hour starting at 6 p.m. The regular meeting runs 7-9 p.m.

It is a routine announcement much as any club would send to its members. I enjoy receiving them because it lets me know what collectors around the country are doing.

What caught my eye was this part of the message:

“Got a problem coin or one of questionable authenticity? Bring it and we’ll be happy to take a look and one of our experts will provide a free appraisal.”

What is unusual about this is not that the club would do this. What has always struck me as unusual is the reluctance many collectors have to join a club, go to a local show, or even drop by a local coin shop to get to know the proprietor.

Many of the questions I receive over the telephone could be easily answered face to face. Some are almost impossible to answer without seeing the coin or note the caller is asking about.

If the callers were members of a coin club like this, they would find answers to their questions and they might find out just how enjoyable it is to share some time with like-minded people.

If you are not a coin club member, find one. You will be glad you did.

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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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