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Future Cent Surprise?
April 12, 2013

Quick. If you had limited funds to spend, would you rather pay $36 each for a roll of 1986-P or 1986-D cents, or would you rather pay $37.50 for an uncirculated roll of 1951-D cents or $35 for a roll of 1952-D cents? If you are like me, you would probably opt for the older rolls. But is that a mistake?

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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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