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Numismatists literally pinch pennies, and we should not mock them for this

July 5, 2012

Whenever I see a coin collecting ad in a comic book (or one for stamps, or models, or anything else), I’m always reminded of that South Park where the boys were out playing Lord of the Rings and they came upon some other kids playing Harry Potter and Cartman let out a homophobic slur. Many hobbies seem silly (at best) to collectors of other things. For instance, models seem to me to be one of the most colossal wastes of time ever (some worse than others). I’d rather just skip to the part where I start bashing my head against a wall. But coins escape my derision, since I still have a box where I keep wheat pennies and bicentennial quarters, and still delight when some random foreign coin gets mistaken for a dime and is given to me as change. It’s from Malaysia. MALAYSIA.

So no slurs coming from this quarter — and no pun intended. Numismatists may go about their business unmolested.

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