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So-called dollars
May 22, 2014

I had a nice talk with Jeff Shevlin at the Central States Numismatic Society convention in late April. He reminded me of the importance of the field of exonumia. He specializes in the area called so-called dollars. These dollar-sized pieces were struck for all sorts of events and reasons.

Since Shevlin left ANA as executive director he has been actively working in the so-called dollar field again and it is a section of the hobby that he brings to life.

His interest is contagious and I left the conversation wondering why I am not more serious about collecting so-called dollars myself.

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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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