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Will Quarter Wait be Worth It?
March 03, 2010

You might have caught it in my Monday blog. The release of the first America the Beautiful quarter will not occur until April.

We won’t even see the final designs for the year’s five issues until near the end of this month.

Will this long wait for the new quarter make collectors want it all the more?

I remember when the U.S. Mint used to have a booth at the Florida United Numismatists convention the first weekend after New Year’s and hand out the new state quarter of the year for free.

Long lines would form to get the new coins. It was great to see the interest.

It was all the more interesting because in those years new quarter issues would make their way through the banking system in just days or weeks.

Conditions then were nothing like last year when finding the D.C. and Territories quarters was a challenge and the new Lincoln cent designs were about impossible to find.

Come April, will collectors be as eagerly awaiting the first of the new quarter series as we were for those first state quarters of the year?

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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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