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Take Up Your Pen
January 09, 2009

I've made my living by writing. Writing is fairly easy. Making what I write of a quality and topic that will allow me to get paid to do it is the hard part.

That's why I am glad to see the Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists issue a call to writers to make submissions to the Clarion, the organization's official publication, which is published three times each year.

They don't pay writers, but they do offer something that could put money in the pockets of writers.

PAN gives three prizes each year and they aren't a bad inducement to sit down at the keyboard and get going.

An article judged as the first place winner for the year will be awarded a half-ounce American Eagle gold coin. Second place is a quarter-ounce Eagle and third place is a tenth-ounce Eagle.

Winners might consider themselves being paid in gold.

Obviously, everybody who sends in an article won't win. However, the odds of winning are far higher than just about any contest I can think of.

Articles should be submitted to Dick Duncan, 611 Fairway Drive, Lancaster, PA 17603.

There is a catch. You have to be a member of PAN to get a prize. Check out the Web site at for additional details about membership.

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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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