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Make it Short
February 01, 2013

In the United States at the opening of the premier American Numismatic Association convention each year involves lengthy blather as collectors eager to enter the bourse floor are held back for something they really don’t want to hear. At the World Money Fair, six dignitaries line up at the ribbon with scissors and founder Albert Beck simply uttered four words: “Vive la France. Vive la Monnaie”. He cut the ribbon and the crowd surged forward.

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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 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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