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Snow Cancels Note Introduction
February 09, 2010

Snow has forced the cancellation today of the “Push the Button” ceremony to introduce the new Series 2009 Federal Reserve Notes at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing plant in Fort Worth, Texas.

Treasurer Rosie Rios was to make the journey to Texas to head up the event, but the storm that hit the nation’s capital and the resulting airport closures made that impossible.

No new date for the event has yet been set. Readers of my blog already know that the American Numismatic Association convention in Fort Worth next month would make an ideal time for such a ceremony.

Another ceremony that could be affected is slated to occur Feb. 11. Snow currently in Illinois should be over before the start time for the introduction of the new Shield cent design will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield, the state capital and Lincoln’s home city.

I expect it will go on as planned, however, it is still early in the Illinois storm and flights could be cancelled that the Mint director would take to arrive. Snow is forecast through tomorrow noon in Chicago. Let’s wait and see.

Here in Wisconsin I have already shoveled out a couple of inches and it is coming down steadily. I expect to shovel again when I get home tonight and probably yet again tomorrow morning.

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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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