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Young Numismatist was Great Panda Collector
By Peter Anthony, World Coin News
February 27, 2014

This article was originally printed in World Coin News.
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People buy, sell, accumulate and collect Panda coins for many reasons. Some do it because it’s a good business, others do it because it’s a good hobby. For some, like Emma Jarvie, it was more than a hobby, it was a passion.

In her 15 years Emma packed in many interests including medicine, police work, mountain biking, other sports and so much more – like coin collecting and reading China Pricepedia. What really stands out in everyone’s recollections is Emma’s good character, sunny disposition and her devotion to her friends and family, especially her mother Karyn.

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And then there was that fascination with Pandas, both the animals and the coins, that gripped her like it has so many of us. Within her limited means Emma formed a fine collection of Panda coins and studied them intensely. I’m honored that my writing was helpful to her.

Unfortunately Emma’s activities were cut short by leukemia. She passed away in December of 2012. I thank Karyn for sharing Emma’s story with me.

I wish that I could have met her and shared a conversation about our favorite coins and about her dreams for the future. I wish that I could have told her that her love and enthusiasm for coins is the foundation, the very essence of this field. I wish that I could have said hello to Emma before I have to say goodbye.

To me Emma was a great Panda collector. I hope all of us will be inspired by her example and find as much joy in our coins and in life as she did.



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