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If it's Thursday, I must be tired
August 09, 2007

If it hasn't done so already, it will happen today: convention fatigue starts to set in. I am a little bit like a kid sitting up late waiting for something big to happen, like the visit of Santa Claus, or the arrival of a new year. When will I drop off?

American Numismatic Association conventions are jam packed with things to do and people to see. My day starts early to get to an 8 a.m. breakfast for the Numismatic Ambassadors. This is a special group of men and women who have distinguished themselves as hobby volunteers through the years. They have done this so often and so well that they have been recognized with Numismatic News Ambassador Awards, something created in 1974 and given ever since.

It is a pleasure to see Ambassadors each year, to find out what is going on with their home clubs and to see the great pride they take in their achievements and the achievements of their peers in making coin collecting the best hobby it can be. They make a special group.

A special group of another kind ends my day. The Numismatic Literary Guild holds its annual bash. This event has been famous for its program of humor that often delays the presentation of its writing awards into the wee hours of the morning.

This year the bash starts an hour earlier at 8:30 p.m. Perhaps the dreaded convention fatigue will be postponed for another day. I can only hope so.

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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, Bank Note Reporter 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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