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Specialized knowledge?
May 21, 2014

Some collectors might criticize me for writing about yesterday’s topic. Doesn’t it take specialized knowledge to find the 11th known example of the 1817 “7” over “4” Capped Bust half dollar?

Yes, it does.

Does everyone have that specialized knowledge?

No, they don’t.

But you can learn. That is what this hobby is all about.

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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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