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More than coins at CICF

Go to the Chicago International Coin Fair this week.

Buy the coins on your want list.

Have a conversation with a science fiction book author.


Let me explain.

While collectors and dealers are busy looking for the coins and bank notes they need on the bourse floor of CICF and at the Heritage Auctions sessions April 9-12, I hope they will have time for a little bit of additional fun.

Marc Emory will sign copies of his book, "The Time Cellar," at CICF.

Marc Emory will sign copies of his book, "The Time Cellar," at CICF.

Marc Emory, a Heritage vice president and European director of overseas operations, will be attending the Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare event.

While Marc can talk and sell coins with the best of them, he is also the author of a book called “The Time Cellar.”

If you will be at CICF, look for him and take a few minutes and speak to him about his new work of fiction.

You won’t regret it.

The book has a clever plot, but more importantly, it is a good one.

I had the privilege of being able to read an early copy.

I couldn’t put it down.

Now it is available to anyone who wants a copy on

While the main character is someone you might have run into at a show like CICF in your past, or at a meeting of your local coin club, his life turns into an adventure involving coins, wine and a time portal.

His numismatic background proves most useful, but it does not distract from the unfolding plot.

It reads like a novel should.

As a kid I became a fan of science fiction and the heroics of Star Trek and later Star Wars, but what most attracted me in the “The Time Cellar,” was that the main character is so similar to an ordinary collector that I can almost believe it is a story about one of us.

You can buy copies of the book online. At CICF you will have an opportunity to purchase a copy that Marc would be willing to autograph for you.

But if you won’t be there, by all means visit the Amazon website:

And don’t take my word for it. There are reviewers' comments to be found at:

I don’t want to give away the plot.

I will let you read the Amazon summary.

But I will write that I think that any collector who reads Marc Emory’s book will enjoy it as much as I did.