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Catch him if you can
August 22, 2007

I have a lunch planned with the president of the Costa Rican Numismatic Association. Mauricio Soto is a young and very active collector. He is a busy employee of an international engineering firm with a wife and two young boys. He travels a lot. I am fortunate to find him in the country this week.

I happened to see him last month at the Memphis paper money show. He had not planned to be there, but on Saturday night, there he was. I bumped into him in the bar just off the hotel lobby. He had come in just the day before because he had gotten a special airline deal.

I told him I was planning a visit to Costa Rica in August and our lunch plans flowed directly from that conversation.

As I say, he is very busy, but he always seems to find time for numismatics. He would like to write some articles for Bank Note Reporter or World Coin News. He wants to talk about the details. He is concerned that we North Americans might forget the Costa Ricans and the connections that Paul Green helped to establish.

I expect we can work something out easily enough except that I cannot give him a 25- or 26-hour day so that he can expand his activity level. That said, he is going to be the man to know in Costa Rica for many years to come.

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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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