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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 in.

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 conversation.

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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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, Bank Note Reporter 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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