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Dream-Based Reality?
August 21, 2012

Coin collecting is a hobby of dreams.

Would I have filled Whitman albums with cents if I had not had the dream of finding a 1909-S VDB in the bank rolls an change I was searching?

The closest I ever got was to talk to a fellow on my paper route who had claimed to have found one, though I never saw it.

It is also a hobby where we form some indescribable attachment to an inanimate object.

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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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