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Watching the downhill skiing?

Are coin collectors big Winter Olympics fans? I ask the question because since the games have begun in Vancouver, British Columbia, the number of collector e-mails to me has dropped off.

You can’t write something to the editor of Numismatic News if you are glued to the television to see the latest gold medal performance and get updated on the overall medal count.

It wouldn’t surprise me to learn that the average reader is indeed a fan. When the Summer Olympic Games were held in Los Angeles in 1984, coin collectors had been anticipating the event for many months by buying large numbers of U.S. Olympic coins.

In succeeding Olympiads, the interest in U.S. coin issues receded, but perhaps the underlying interest in the competitions remained.

So are you watching the Olympics when you should be writing to me about hobby issues?

And what did you ever do with the 1983 and 1984 U.S. Olympic coins that you bought?