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Just Stop Talking About It?
April 06, 2012

Americans more and more seem to be making their decisions based on irritation.

What do I mean?

Well, as soon as a Presidential primary season starts we begin to complain about how long it is. If election results are ambiguous for any length of time we complain about the candidates who won’t drop out and end the process.

Will Americans apply this new way of making decisions to the cent?

The coin’s fate is in the headlines this week because Canada has decided to abolish its cent this year. The government has decided. Boom, it’s to be done. There will be no long discussions about all the other possibilities.

This is my third blog post on the topic out of six.

Surely someone will soon complain that I am becoming obsessed with the future of the cent.

An American majority might soon reverse its general 2:1 support for the cent just to keep from hearing about it any longer.

“Abolish it already and just shut up,” they will cry.

Far fetched?

I wonder.

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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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