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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 52, December 24, 2006, Article 16

THE GIFT OF THE MAGI, NUMISMATIST STYLE

Dick Johnson writes: "My coin dealer friend Dick Bacca tells this
story - Here in Connecticut the state lottery runs a TV commercial
with a romantic couple sitting on a sofa. The man is a coin collector
and he hands his ladyfriend a ring-sized jewelry box. Excitedly, the
lady opens it to find a Buffalo nickel. "That's nice" she says
dejectedly. "It's an uncirculated 1913 Buffalo nickel, very rare!" says
our coin collector proudly. Whereupon she whips out the nickel and uses
it to scratch off a couple lottery tickets.

"Sure enough, a lady enters Dick's coin shop last week wanting an
uncirculated 1913 Buffalo nickel. Her husband, she explains, is addicted
to the scratch-off lottery and she wanted to give it to him as a Christmas
gift."

[The Gift of the Magi is the classic O. Henry short story of a couple
too poor to buy what they hoped to give one another for Christmas.

"One dollar and eighty-seven cents. That was all. And sixty cents of
it was in pennies... Tomorrow would be Christmas Day, and she had only
$1.87 with which to buy Jim a present."  Merry Christmas! -Editor]

THE GIFT OF THE MAGI BY O. HENRY
Gift_of_the_Magi.html

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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