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Set it Aside for Coins
February 19, 2008

How will you spend your tax rebate from the federal government? Will you throw it into your monthly expenses and watch it disappear, or will you set it aside for a special numismatic purpose?

Sure, spouses and significant others will have something to say about how the money gets spent, but the beauty of the rebate is that it is given out on a per person basis.

If your spouse doesn't like what you intend doing with it, well, they have money, too.

I'm not trying to start a domestic argument. I just wonder if collectors this year can dream a little bit about what they will do with an extra $600.

Part of the freedom of being a hobbyist is to be able to daydream about what should to be acquired next.

For most collectors, a $600 increase to their hobby budget represents a sizable percentage increase, so the sense of possibilities is significant.

The checks are scheduled to arrive in May, so there is plenty of time to think about good uses for the rebate. Even if it ultimately goes to the auto repair shop, the weeks of daydreaming about numismatic uses will make it all worthwhile.

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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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