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Week at ANA show provides context
August 11, 2007

I'm selfish. I admit it. I am also very tired and the fatigue is speaking. I have been in Milwaukee for the American Numismatic Association convention for eight days. The big news, virtually all of it, occurred on Sunday morning in an executive session of the ANA board of governors. That is when the decisions relating to the future of the ANA were made and announced.

I would have had 90 percent of my editorial impact simply being in Milwaukee for half a day on Sunday morning instead of the entire week. With my legs aching from the concrete and my eyes telling me that I haven't had a full night of sleep for six of the past eight days, the idea of spending just a few hours of one day seems very appealing.

However, what the other seven and a half days have given me is context. There is an active and vibrant ANA membership out there. They are collecting. They are learning. They are having fun. The news background of the fate of Executive Director Chris Cipoletti and the actions of the newly installed board of governors was of concern to the members, but was not a dominant part of their hobby lives.

It is nice to know that when dramatic events occur, and leadership at the top changes, the members go on about their hobby business in a way that gives me great confidence in the future of organized numismatics. I was pleased to be able to attend the board meeting and to write the news that came out of it, but I was much more pleased to be at the Krause booth to talk to anyone who came by who wanted to chew the fat with me. I learn more in that way than I ever could from board meetings. Thanks to all who stopped by. You are the future of the hobby and you have given me the sense that our future together will be bright.

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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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