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Don't let silver slip through your fingers

I had a circulation finds moment in the middle of last week.

They don’t happen often enough as far as I’m concerned.

Something involving silver happens even less frequently.

I received a 1964-D silver Roosevelt dime in my change after lunch on Wednesday.

I was in a hurry.

I was running behind in getting back to my duties after lunch.

I knew I had a silver coin.

The color jumped out at me as soon as it was placed in my hand with a few other coins.

I put the change in my pocket and headed for the door.

I did not even stop long enough to look at the date.

I figured I would check it out later.

The next day when I remembered what had happened, I wanted to take a look.

The silver dime was gone.

I normally empty my pockets at night.

The loose change goes into a plastic container.

It must be there, I thought. I looked.

I went through the top layer to no avail.

Imagine getting the first silver coin in change that I have received in 10 or 15 years and then losing it.

My old circulation finds self from the 1960s would not have believed I could be so careless.

But I apparently was.

I looked in my favorite chair.

No coins.

I looked in my car seat.

No coins.

I even looked at my desk at work in case I had absentmindedly put some change on it.

I had, but it was from another day.

No silver dime.

I thought about writing a blog Friday morning to point out my carelessness, but I did not.

Lo and behold, when I got home Friday night I spotted the silver dime on the carpet.

It was hiding in plain sight.

I was pleased to have found it.

The idea of a circulation finds getting away from me disturbed me far more than the $1.28 value would ordinarily warrant.

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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