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Bad Collector, Bad Spouse?
January 07, 2014

It may be a new year, but the same old problems continue to plague us.

Here we are on the seventh day and already I have received an email from a bereaved spouse of a collector.

“My husband passed away recently and left me with his coin collections. The coins are not organized and since I have never shared his interest in coin collecting, I am perplexed as to what to do next. I contacted some of the companies he was buying his coins from but they were not helpful; they are more interested in selling me more coins than advising me on how and where to sell my coins, which is what I would like to do eventually.

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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, Bank Note Reporter 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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