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All roads (and air routes) lead to Denver

It’s worth it. It’s worth it.

That’s what I will be telling myself as I head to the airport for a 5 a.m. flight.

Why am I leaving at such an early hour?

I want to get to the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money.

I would also like to turn in an expense report that doesn’t look like the national debt.

It is amazing what I will do to keep accounting happy.

The 5 a.m. departure will start my trip to what will be the center of the numismatic universe for the week.

If flights are on time, I  should be arriving in the Mile High City just about 1 o’clock.

First item on my packed agenda will be to attend the Professional Numismatists Guild dinner this evening.

It will be a wonderful event if it is like the others I have attended.

Good food, good company and an awards program will fill out the schedule.

PNG has been around since 1955.

Its awards are among the most prestigious you can receive.

I look forward to finding out who makes the cut for 2017.

Between this dinner and the ANA awards dinner on Friday night, it is a little bit like a two-part Oscar ceremony.

The bonus is I know the award recipients. Chances are I have known them a long time.

That is one advantage of spending a lifetime in numismatics.

Together we have seen a great deal.

Together we will see a great deal more.

Lifetime in the numismatic sense means lifetime. Few can give it up.

I was reminded of that as I read my email just before it was time to write this.

A helpful son wrote me on behalf of his 102-year-old father.

The father thinks he has found an error coin.

Would I take a look photographs of it if I am sent a letter?

The father does not do email.

That is not a surprise.

One thing is certain.

The father must enjoy the hobby if he is still active at his age and trying to contact me.

I’m flattered.

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

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2 Responses to All roads (and air routes) lead to Denver

  1. I hope you have a safe trip. Don’t look for the uncirculated Enhanced set. I signed on at 12:07P.M. gone all of them. The mint has done it again. I’m so disappointed I won’t go on. We talk about young people getting into the hobby. This was a great opportunity for them. Well there’s none for them. To the secondary market they go were the prices will be ridiculous.Mike.

    • George says:

      You got that right, Mike.

      The price for this set. It is no different from the uncirculated sets except for the laser whatever. Have seen pictures of past enhanced sets and they different shading or shadowing on certain areas of the coins or a ribbon on the coin design was different, E P Unum was a different color, the torch on the dime was a different shade from the field or other devices. Something to bring your attention to certain areas of the coin. BUT the 2017 set….I would NOT have it from the mint OR any greedy dealer.

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