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Speaking in Code
January 15, 2013



When I checked my email this morning I had a short one that read this way:

“sms are they proof or unc are they from sanfrancisco??”

That was it.

To a noncollector, and perhaps even to someone who collects but is fairly new to the hobby, this might cause trouble in deciphering the two questions.

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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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