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Would You Pay $250,000 for It?
February 19, 2014

When the 1974-D aluminum cent goes up for bids at a Heritage auction at the end of April at the Central States Numismatic Society Convention, would you be willing to spend $250,000 to buy it?

That is an early estimate of the coin’s potential value.

Lawyer and Numismatic News columnist David L. Ganz has assured me and readers that the coin is legal to own by his reading of the law and the circumstances surrounding its origins.

Anyone who would spend that kind of money would want just such assurances.

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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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