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I'm Gettin' Itchy
June 30, 2009

No, it's not bug bites that are keeping me agitated. It's my thoughts about what the June mintage numbers will show when they become available.

How many Lincoln cents have been added to the 2009 total?

I want to know. Many other collectors do, too.

The quarter mintages are also being closely eyed.

Who can blame us. Who would have thought 2009 quarter rolls can command such high prices.

You would think it was 1955 instead of 2009.

Collectors in 1955 seemed to have more fun. Then it was pending closure of the San Francisco Mint that got collectors scrambling for rolls of the current year's coinage.

Mintages turned out low, but collector saving assured such a large supply that even 54 years later collectors can have an affordable crack at those issues.

What will conditions be like in another 54 years?

It could turn out the same way, but someone else will have to write the conclusion to that part of the story for me.

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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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