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Turn Out the Lights on National Coin Week?
January 26, 2009

Is it time to abolish National Coin Week? You might think so if answers to a recent poll question are any guide.

The event that inspires national and local proclamations in support of organized numismatics has been a hobby staple for about twice as many years as I have been an active collector.

But does it do any good?

The weekly poll question that appears in Numismatic News and its companion e-mailed newsletter teaches me a lot. It helps to show what's on the minds of readers and how strongly they feel about things. It is not a scientific poll, but I think it is useful nevertheless.

With some polls I receive a lot of yes or no responses. Those topics readers have an opinion on, but they are not passionate about them one way or the other.

The more written responses that I get that include lengthy explanations, the more I know that readers are passionate about a topic.

For the poll where I asked, "Will you be involved in any activities to observe National Coin Week?" I received precisely one written response.

My congratulations go to Robert R. Maisch of the Bridge City Coin and Stamp Club in Mobridge, S.D.

There is no prize, but to Mr. Maisch might go the responsibility of turning out the lights on a long-standing hobby tradition that might have outlived its usefulness.

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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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