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What's My Role With the Rolls?
January 06, 2010

After mentioning for two days running my upcoming trip, I finally am on the road to Orlando for the Florida United Numismatists convention. I will get a taste of the new security procedures that have been put into place since the Christmas bombing attempt.

I try to organize my luggage in such a way as to be easily screened. I don’t always succeed.

Today I have to take some cent rolls in paper wrappers with me. The outlines that show up on x-ray scanners are such that I will put them in a top pocket of my carry-on bag so I can take them out and put them in with my keys and hope that the agents involved know change when they see it.

These aren’t BU rolls or anything of the sort, but rolls of circulated cents that we hope to use at our bourse table at the FUN show.

The odd thing is that of all the things I have carried in more than three decades of business travel, I don’t think I have ever taken rolls of coins.

I have been stopped for an examination of my bag because I have had an Ambassador Award plaque in it.

Many years ago before 9/11 I had a travel alarm clock that got the attention of security at London’s Heathrow. After that, I ditched that particular timepiece.

So, if I get a little extra attention, because of the rolls, it won’t be the first time.

Stop by the Krause table tomorrow and see if I made it without hassle.

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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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