In the Moment, but Too Much So
May 21, 2009
How many times can I stammer the word "in" in asking a question?
I tried to find out yesterday morning when I was interviewing U.S. Mint
Director Ed Moy for Coin Chat Radio.
Our topic was the possibility of creating a Strategic Coin Reserve to meet
any unexpected surges in coin demand from the Federal Reserve System or to
have coins available in case the usual supply chain is disrupted.
One of the questions I wanted to ask I unfortunately began by trying to say,
"In your tenure," but I got stuck on "in" repeatedly. My mind kind of went
blank so I stopped. I apologized for the problem and then recovered myself
to ask the question, which was basically that in Moy's tenure as Mint
director he has seen dropping coin demand even before the recession kicked
I asked whether the dramatic drop in coin demand we are experiencing is more
than just a recessionary demand reduction?
Find out his response by checking out www.coinchatradio.com today after 11
a.m. Central Daylight Time.
I told the Mint director that I got all tongue tied once before when the
topic was an auction featuring significant Costa Rican rarieties. I got so
wrapped up in the specific lots that I lost the general thread of the
I have an interest in Costa Rican numismatic items and I guess I am still
that wide-eyed kid who first subscribed to Numismatic News 40 years ago
after picking up a copy at the coin show in Forest City, Iowa.
Once I read the letters to the editor, I was hooked. I sent five of my
hard-earned paper-route dollars to Iola, Wis., and the rest, as they say, is
is is is ... history.
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