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My memory trumps yours

Every generation has its memories.

Events, music, smells can send my mind down memory lane.

I expect it is the same for most people.

As a card carrying Baby Boomer, my recollections span the tumultuous 1960s.

A lot happened in that decade, but what inspires this particular blog topic was something related to numismatics.

I had an email from Kerry Rodgers. He is a contributor from New Zealand.

The Perth Mint of Australia has issued coins commemorating the “Star Trek” television series.

When I first learned of this, I gave the news far forward position in the March issue of World Coin News. I ran a photo of coins with Capt. James T. Kirk and also the U.S.S. Enterprise,  the starship that helped the crew boldly go where no man has gone before.

The email from Kerry said this: “Just had this from an Aussie dealer who must remain anonymous: ‘I’m still flat out over here. Manfully battling an apathetic collector public. Perth’s original series Star Trek coins sold out on day one. The second Set? That of Captain Picard? Nobody wants them. And they say teenagers are fickle… coinies are much, much worse.'”

I do not like to see coin series fail, or even sell slowly, but I have to admit that my Baby Boomer heart was warmed by the news that the 1960s series trumped the 1980s series.

Memory lane demands this kind of reaction from me.

After I finish writing this, I will put my numismatic editor cap on and disclaim all knowledge of this.

However, unlike the tapes on another 1960s television show, “Mission Impossible,” this blog will not self-destruct in five seconds.

Buzz blogger Dave Harper is winner of the 2014 Numismatic Literary Guild Award for Best Blog and is editor of the weekly newspaper “Numismatic News.”

 

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