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Stifled or Inspired by Octagonal Gold?
July 25, 2013

Do we really need an octagonal $5 gold piece?

That was my reaction to legislation introduced July 19 by Rep. Nancy Pelosi to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Panama-Pacific Exhibition of 1915.

Naturally, it is intended to be a memento for those of us who cannot afford the original octagonal gold $50.

But an octagonal nickel-sized coin to me doesn’t do the trick. It just seems hokey.

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Recent Comments
On July 29, 2013 Steve Kamieniecki said
Hey David I'm with you, why bother with a small octagonal? By the way, are all the other blogs no longer being updated? If so maybe there are eothers that could provide good info. The other bloggers are, in some cases, years behind! and haven't had an entry for a long long long time!

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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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