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All Hands on Coins
February 25, 2014

I call this my numismatic vandalism endorsement.

Over the years I have noticed that too many collectors have entered the hobby with such a deep respect for packaging that they have rarely, or never, actually held many coins in their hands in order to carefully examine them.

There is no way to learn the finer points of collecting coins without rolling up your sleeves and doing this – and quite literally getting your hands dirty in the process as coins are not particularly clean.

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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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