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Wake Up, It's Over
June 26, 2009

The results aren't in yet, but any ballots not received by today's deadline will not be counted in the biennial election to choose the leadership of the American Numismatic Association.

Battling for the presidency are Cliff Mishler and Patti Finner.

Both worked hard, but it was a campaign that was largely conducted under the average Numismatic News reader's radar screen. Considering my e-mail in recent months, that is just the way many of my readers like it.

Most of the obvious activity consisted of personal politicking at shows and conventions around the country. Anyone not present was free to ignore the campaign.

The lack of controversy between the two contestants is to be commended. ANA member voters simply chose between the records of the two candidates.

As a newspaper editor, something to generate a headline or two might have been nice, but as an ANA life member, what I have seen is a campaign that didn't rip open any new wounds in an organization that has been beleaguered by legal problems, unbalanced budgets and political infighting pretty routinely for the past 10 years.

Kudos to both.

Results are supposed to be announced next Friday, which is a holiday, so I won't get around to it until Monday, July 6, and that leisurely approach probably matches the rest of the hobby's attitude.

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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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