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Aluminum Cent at Show
March 22, 2012

Less than a year after the fate of 10 1933 $20 gold pieces seized by the government went against the Langbord family, which wanted them back, would you walk around an American bourse floor with another coin the government says is illegal to own?

I sure wouldn’t, but if an email in my morning inbox is accurate, somebody did.

“Last weekend at the Northwest Coin show here in Minneapolis a gentlemen was showing some of the dealers a 1974 aluminum cent and had the paper stating that these were only coins given to Congress for the proposal of the new metal and that these were not released by the Mint and subject to confiscation.

“I told the gentleman who wanted it authenticated to take it out of the country and have it graded by PCGS in Hong Kong and not the U.S. I also suggested him to put it in his safety deposit box at the bank and say nothing else to anybody about owning it.”

This email is certainly an interesting way to start the day.

All I can say is that anyone who wants to make an appointment to see the rarity might also find the Secret Service present at the meeting.

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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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