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The E-Sylum: Volume 13, Number 46, November 14, 2010, Article 17

TRUE STORY: THE UPSIDE DOWN COIN INSCRIPTION

Mark Borckardt passed along this story I'm sure most coin dealers can relate to. -Editor

Caller: I have a silver dollar (voice inflection confirms accuracy of caller id location: Birmingham, AL)

Dealer: OK

Caller: It’s a 2008.

Dealer: mm hmm

The letters on the side are upside down. I was wonderin’ if that was unusual…

Dealer: (pause) I doubt that they are. You probably just need to turn the coin over.

Caller: (long pause. The thought process and moving of the coin are palpable across the phone line)… All right then. Preciate it.

Dealer: You bet.

Dennis Tucker of Whitman Publishing adds:

And that’s probably one of the easier phone calls! No arguments; no angry demands that you buy the coin for a million dollars; no awkwardly fabricated story about how the 2008 “silver dollar” was inherited in Grandpa’s estate. . . .

We get doozies from time to time here at Whitman. The sad ones are the long, laboriously handwritten letters where you can tell the person really doesn’t have all their faculties anymore, and they’re probably in danger of being defrauded if they take their coins to a pawn shop or something.

But some are just flat-out crazy.

“What’s wrong with R.S. Yeoman? He gives totally different prices in the Red Book and the Blue Book, from the same year! I dare Mr. Yeoman to write back and explain!”



Wayne Homren, Editor

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