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Where's the Date?
June 23, 2009

Yesterday we were oohing and aahing over $1 coins in the office. It began when a colleague from the production department arrived in the catalog department to ask why the Sacagawea dollar had no date on it and otherwise looked different.

Stacy Krull had received the coin in a new change machine in our breakroom. Yes, for those who read my blog regularly, dollar coins are once again a regular feature in our main breakroom. Krause Publications is playing musical vendors.

I don't think the lack of dollar coins was the reason the prior operator was ejected, but it makes an easy distinguishing point, because I had never eaten anything the vendor had provided during its brief time here.

OK, so Stacy was interested to know what was going on. I told her it was a new Native American dollar coin. The date is on the edge. To this, she kind of squinted to see it. She is considerably younger than I am so I didn't feel particularly self-conscious about removing my glasses for a better look.

The coin is a 2009-P.

I was taking so much interest in it that Stacy said she would give it to me for a paper dollar. I quickly fished one out of my wallet and handed it to her and she walked off.

All the while this was going on, George Cuhaj in the catalog department was examining $20 worth of the change machine's dollar coins to see what was in it. I asked him if he was going to blog about it, so I won't tell his story.

I guess this means I am starting a new stash of $1 coins for potential use in a breakroom vending machine.

Life goes on in Iola and we can chalk up a small victory for the U.S. Mint's effort to circulate dollar coins.

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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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