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Time to Browse on the ANA Bourse
March 11, 2009

I might be on my way to Portland as you read this - or maybe not - for the American Numismatic Association National Money Show.

March weather in Wisconsin makes life exciting.

This show is the smaller of the two annual events sponsored by the ANA. The bourse list looks like it has a good representation of national dealers, so collectors who attend will have the opportunity to take in many interesting coins on the bourse.

Using the word "bourse," I am reminded that in my almost half century as a collector that I have heard a few individuals who are unfamiliar with the word call it the "browse floor."

Hey, that works for me. Part of the fun of attending any show is browsing among the coins in the glass-topped dealer cases. That makes it a browse floor as well as a bourse floor.

My primary purpose in Portland will be to cover the ANA board meeting and the candidate forum. The board needs to adopt a budget. Executive Director Larry Shepherd let out some good news last week when he reported that the budget excluding lawsuit costs is in surplus thanks to some stiff cost controls.

He is to be commended. He has also already reminded me of the pessimism I expressed in my annual forecasts that I made in my Class of '63 column in late January.

I told him I would be delighted to eat crow for a good ANA outcome.

Now we'll see - at least we will if I get there.

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On March 15, 2009 Jay said
I bought three P & D rolls of 2009 Birthplace Lincoln cents Friday 3/13 at the US Mint booth. I went back today 3/14 to get more, but they were sold out! The Mint staff person told me they shipped out 100,000 rolls out Friday (3/13)to all Federal Reserve Banks. So they should be showing up in circulation soon. The date stamp on my 2009 cent mailer (what they mail from the mint) is dated Feb 2/27/09. I guess that is the mint date? First strikes I hope?  I opened one box and the wrappers are nice US Mint P & D markings. The cost for the rolls was $8.95 and I got cents back in change (all P's). The browse through the Bourse was busy today (3/14) and most of the dealers had smiles on their faces. The ones I talked to said they were doing a good business and were happy with the show. It seemed that the higher end tables were not as busy as the bargin and mid-bourse ones. I am going back tomorrow to buy some walkers and get my boxes date stamped by the US postal service!

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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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