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New Coins or No Coins?
October 31, 2013

I had a handwritten letter from a collector yesterday asking whether the country could use new $3 and $10 coins.

My initial reaction is that collectors still can dream, can’t they?

However, if coins are to survive as useful items in commerce, denominations will indeed have to increase.

I expect higher denominations, if they are ever made at all, would be an easier $5 denomination and a $10 rather than a $3.

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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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