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All the time in the world
June 02, 2014

My mother brought to my attention a small plastic food container that had some odds and ends in it.

My father had put coins and notes in it that he apparently wanted to ask me about later, but somehow he never got around to it.

I was able to see the contents only after he died.

I think he must have known in his heart that there really was nothing to the accumulation.

It had a total face value of about $14. There was a Series 1976 $2 bill in it that looked old enough to have been around in 1876. Aside from my wondering how it came to be in that condition, it wasn’t worth a second glance.


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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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