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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 17, April 23, 2006, Article 28

NATIONAL COIN WEEK PUBLICITY STUNT

Last week a number of readers sent links to articles on the
American Numismatic Association's "Penny Drop" for National
Coin Week.  I didn't include it because of the lack of novelty
and research value, but here are stories from the New York Times
and ABC News: NY Times
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I had a lot of fun spending a 1914-D cent one time myself, while
serving as publicity chairman for the Pennsylvania Association
of Numismatists.  To promote an upcoming show I spent the coin
at a bakery in downtown Pittsburgh.  Local newspapers as well
as the wire services picked up the story, and I was interviewed
by news outlets as far away as Chicago.  The cent never came back
to us, although I did get a call from a man in Florida who had
found one.  He mailed it to me for verification and payment, but
I sent it back to him.  His coin was genuine and NICER than the
one I'd spent (and worth a lot more).  Circulation does a lot
of strange things to a coin, but it's no Fountain of Youth.

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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