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A Precious Metal Laugh
March 23, 2012

It pays to have a sense of humor, whether you are in the numismatic field or any other.

I had a letter from Charles Allen, a Numismatic News reader the other day who wanted to share a recent experience with me.

He ordered a copy of a new book from F&W Media, my parent firm.

David L. Ganz has written a new one about precious metals. The title is The Essential Guide to Investing in Precious Metals.

What Mr. Allen received was a book called precious metal, with no capital letters.

The subtitle of this book is Decibel presents the stories behind 25 Extreme Metal Masterpieces. It is edited by Albert Mudrian and is about heavy metal bands.

Not the same thing, is it?

When the heavy metal book arrived, Mr. Allen was surprised.

He telephoned our customer service department. They apologized and sent him the book he wanted. They also told him to keep the heavy metal book.

Mr. Allen decided this episode was a great joke and shared it with me.

When his package arrived in my mail, I was more than a little surprised to see the book, too. His accompanying letter explained the whole thing.

Thanks to Charles Allen’s sense of humor, I had a good laugh, too.

But now what do I do with the heavy metal book?

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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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