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Calendar Says Inaugural Medals
November 24, 2008

Before coming to work this morning, I had to shovel the sidewalk.

Iola, Wis., had its first dusting of snow for the season. Fortunately for me, the inch or so that fell was fairly easy to clean away, otherwise I might be feeling the effects in muscles that I seem only to use during the winter months.

It is nice to know some things don't change despite the upheaval in the world economy and financial markets. The day still has 24 hours and there is still a winter season in Iola that begins as it is this week with deer hunting season and the woods are full of hunters wearing blaze orange during the day and spending money in the restaurants and taverns at night.

Another thing that has become traditional is the issuance of inaugural medals when a President is sworn in. All advance indications are that the inaugural ceremony itself on Jan. 20, 2009, is going to attract millions more people than usual. That likely means larger numbers of purchasers of inaugural medals than usual.

Sales information usually becomes available around the beginning of the new year, just in time to be available for a Numismatic News issue with a Jan. 20 cover date.

While I have one or two inaugural medals in my collection, I do not consider myself a collector of them. In fact, one of them I received as a gift years ago from Chet Krause who thought I would appreciate it more than he did.

Will you be a buyer when the medals become available? Let me know. Post your comments below.

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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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