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Ready for Any Lincoln Cent Opportunity
April 09, 2009

More and more of the new 2009 Lincoln cents are finding their way into collector hands. Part of the reason is perhaps the slowly working banking system is finally releasing a few more coins, but the other reason is probably that so many collectors across the country are watching for them.

I had a telephone call yesterday from Patricia Smith, a person who said she really did not consider herself a collector, but she reads Numismatic News and has kept, as she put it, what comes her way for over 50 years.

Yesterday she reported that four rolls of the new Lincoln cent had come her way. However, she had to work for them.

She was at a California retail establishment when she spotted some of the new coins in the till. As a former clerk herself, she asked the clerk nicely if she could buy some of the new cents. The clerk replied that she had no others but invited Ms. Smith to talk to the manager.

The manager was most agreeable. He had four rolls that he was willing to sell her.

This is where it gets interesting and creative. Ms. Smith says she always keeps four rolls of Lincoln cents with her for just these occasions.

She traded her rolls for the manager's and both got what they wanted. The store had the same amount of change available to it and Ms. Smith had her nice new Lincolns.

She is now ready to start the hunt for the second Lincoln issue that will come in May.

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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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