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Second thoughts sometimes best

When I first read what the theme of next year’s National Coin Week will be, I wondered to myself how the American Numismatic Association came up with such a clunky title.

It is called “Coin & Country: Celebrating Civic Service.” Dates are April 20-26, 2014.

However, as I read further into the announcement I saw the reference to President John F. Kennedy’s famous 1961 inaugural call to a new generation to “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.”

That’s where the thoughts of government shutdown and other manifestations of today’s governmental dysfunction were chased out of my mind and replaced with the pleasant thoughts of coin clubs and hobby volunteers who make things happen for the love of collecting combined with a desire to share it with others.

My little mental episode with the word “civics” aside, it is not a bad title for a week that we hope will inspire some to take up the cause of numismatics and share it with as many others as far as their desires and abilities will take them.

Numismatics is a great community to be a part of. It has a great story to tell. It just needs help from inspired volunteers to tell that story during National Coin Week – and 51 other weeks of the year.

Buzz blogger Dave Harper is winner of the 2013 Numismatic Literary Guild Award for Best Blog and is editor of the weekly newspaper "Numismatic News."