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DENVER COIN DROP CIRCULATES CENTURY-OLD COINS
An E-Sylum reader noted that The Denver Post published an article this week about a "coin drop" stunt in Denver, CO in advance of the Democratic National Convention. -EditorMark Grueskin wanted a way to give his 2 cents: Stop worrying about the Democratic National Convention and enjoy the show.
To do it, he's circulating 465 pennies and nickels minted 100 years ago, when Denver held its first convention.
"There's so much panic," he said. "Hopefully, this helps them get in the mood of it all."
Grueskin, an attorney at Isaacson Rosenbaum PC, gave 8 cents to each of his co-workers on Thursday.
There's a catch: They must spend it at a building that was around in 1908. Or they can use it on items that someone would have purchased 100 years ago.
Grueskin said that by doing this, they're going back in history.
"Imagine that you just got off the train in Denver" for the 1908 convention, he said to his co-workers. "Imagine what you would need."
Spend it on coffee, he said, but not on a Starbucks double latte with whipped cream and sprinkles. Spend it on shoelaces, he said, but not flip-flops.
"You have to stretch the brain a lot to think about what they would've done in 1908," Tumey said. "You have to think about what we have now and what they had then."
Tumey said she plans to spend the rest of her money at the Molly Brown House Museum or at the Tattered Cover Book Store.
"It's just fun," she said. "It's in the spirit of the convention. It's exciting doing this in the city that's hosting the convention."
To read the complete article, see: Old currency coins new mood for change (http://www.denverpost.com/dnc/ci_9781175)
Wayne Homren, Editor
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