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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 37, September 10, 2006, Article 15

MORE THOUGHTS ON AGE AND VALUE

Bill Rosenblum writes: "A couple of thoughts about the age of a
coin not having anything to do with the value.

1) I always have a huge supply of low grade Roman bronzes from
the 3rd and 4th Century which can be purchased for as low as $2 if
one buys enough of them at my bourse tables. This usually helps
convince people that the "old coin" they have is not valuable just
because it's old.

2) What constitutes an old coin may depend on the age of the person
who has the coin. Back around 1980 I received a phone call from
someone who sounded no older than 10. He told me he had "a real
old coin" and wanted to know how much it was worth.

I always tell people I have to see the coin first and when they
become insistent I would tell them to "hold it closer to the phone".
(Of course now people can do that, although I would not have any idea
how to see it). But since this was a kid I thought I would try to
help him. What he had, was an early 1960's Lincoln cent. But to an
8 to 10 year old, that was "real old"."

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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