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Let the FUN Begin
January 07, 2010

Yesterday was my travel day to the Florida United Numismatists convention. It went smoothly for me. The only glitch, and it was a small one, was that my carry-on bag was sent through the x-ray machine twice. As I wrote yesterday, I figured I might have a small problem with the rolls, but I left the five cent rolls in the bag anyway. The line of people was so short and the available time was so long that I just figured I would see what would happen. I had taken the precaution of dispersing them, so they weren't together in whatever image the TSA agent might see. And, of course, I was ready to open the bag if asked.

My colleague, Bob Van Ryzin left through a different airport. He had a few rolls also and he experienced three passes through the x-ray machine and he was finally asked to open his bag.

Once I arrived at FUN I had an interesting conversation with Indiana world coin dealer Al Boulanger. His wife is in the hotel business. He told me that he has noticed that in this recession the hotel business and the coin business seem to track exactly. He first noticed this some while ago when arrived home after a bad show. His wife happened to volunteer information that her booking inquiries had slid. This got his attention and he has been paying attention to the possible correlation of the two businesses since.

My response to Al was to suggest we explore this topic further in a Coin Chat Radio interview. Perhaps numismatists should be following the state of the hotel business as a means of keeping track of our own business levels.

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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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