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Jibes Aside, Cent Goes On
January 29, 2013



If the Jan. 14 issue of the Wall Street Journal and the current Feb. 4 cover dated Time Magazine have noticed the cent, its high production cost and its potential elimination, does it mean the circulating coin’s days are numbered, or will the spotlight on the copper-coated zinc coin only confirm the opinion of a majority of Americans that it should be preserved?

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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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