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Watching the Downhill Skiing?
February 25, 2010

Are coin collectors big Winter Olympics fans? I ask the question because since the games have begun in Vancouver, British Columbia, the number of collector e-mails to me has dropped off.

You can’t write something to the editor of Numismatic News if you are glued to the television to see the latest gold medal performance and get updated on the overall medal count.

It wouldn’t surprise me to learn that the average reader is indeed a fan. When the Summer Olympic Games were held in Los Angeles in 1984, coin collectors had been anticipating the event for many months by buying large numbers of U.S. Olympic coins.

In succeeding Olympiads, the interest in U.S. coin issues receded, but perhaps the underlying interest in the competitions remained.

So are you watching the Olympics when you should be writing to me about hobby issues?

And what did you ever do with the 1983 and 1984 U.S. Olympic coins that you bought?

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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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