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Intern Gets Bragging Rights
June 22, 2009

Nothing beats first-hand reports when it comes to getting a sense of how the new Lincoln cents are being distributed. Since the Feb. 12 introduction of the first 2009 design, collectors have been anxiously awaiting their first look at the new coins.

These waits have gotten very long and very frustrating for some collectors.

I have not yet seen either of the new cents in change, so central Wisconsin might still be counted as a wasteland or a waste of time for looking.

But new hope was provided this morning by our summer intern, David Brierley. He is beginning his fourth week here and he reported that over the weekend at his job as a bar tender/waiter in Fort Atkinson, he spotted his first new Lincoln cent.

It was the second design rather than the first for the Formative Years of Abraham Lincoln, showing him seated on a log, reading a book, with his ax resting nearby.

Fort Atkinson is not exactly in Iola's backyard. It is the backyard for the University of Wisconsin Whitewater campus where our intern goes to school.

The find occurred June 20, so it is a fresh one, and it is gratifying that our work here in Iola is having an impact on our intern.

He did not walk in the front door as a collector, but perhaps we will make him one before he resumes classes in the autumn. At the least, he has bragging rights as the first person here at Numismatic News to have found a new cent in change.

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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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