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This Isn't Belgium, but It's Tuesday
December 19, 2008

The calendar says it is Friday, but my Numismatic News deadline says it is Tuesday. Because the day we normally go to press is Christmas Day, this week's issue goes out two days early.

And this is not just an ordinary issue. It is the Florida United Numismatists convention issue. That makes it one of the biggest of the year and it usually is a size that rivals the one that goes to the summer American Numismatic Association convention.

This year's FUN convention will be a good one. It always is. The question each year rests on just how good. The climate usually assures a pleasant beginning. Seeing all the players in numismatics makes it important. What these players choose to do Jan. 8-11 will set the business tone for the opening weeks of 2009.

Can we continue to buck the general economic gloom that is enveloping the world, or will the coin hobby roll over, too?

Certainly the opportunity to set new records will be present. Heritage is calling the auction. It looks like it has the potential to be another gangbusters event.

More coins will be offered from the Queller Family collection. This time it is patterns. If David and Howard Queller are attending, say hello. They clearly love being part of the hobby. I met them in April when their 1804 silver dollar was on the block. To say it was a memorable experience is an understatement.

Just after the sale, David remarked that his knees were still shaking when I talked to him for Coin Chat Radio.

My knees are kind of shaking, too, because as I wrote at the beginning, for me it is Tuesday. I better get back at it.

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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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