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Will We be Singing 'Hello Dalai?'
July 24, 2009



With sales of the Formative Years two-roll Lincoln cent set approaching 300,000, it is fair to ask how many will ultimately be sold.

I do not have a specific answer. This week's running total is 290,086.

However, the Mint promises that one of the items it will have at its booth Aug. 5-9 at the American Numismatic Association World's Fair of Money will be these two-roll sets.

If you are attending the convention and haven't purchased any, this will be your chance to examine the rolls before you buy to make sure the end coins are not damaged.

Timing is everything. Can you imagine the mob scene that could have been organized had the Aug. 13 debut of the Professional Life cent design been just one week earlier?

The ANA would have gotten an extra 4,000 people. With the new admission charge of $6 a day for nonmembers, that could have translated into $24,000 extra dollars for an organization that could use every extra penny it can get.

Such is not to be. The Mint booth is plenty popular even without a new product, but it could have been an event in its own right but for this timing issue.

Perhaps demand for the Dalai Lama medal will surprise 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, 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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