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Boxer, Blind Man a Standout Figure in Hobby

Editor’s Note: For nearly 60 years, the feature-rich pages of Coins magazine, Numismatic News’ venerable sister publication, have tracked the history, fun and the growth of this great hobby, while also attracting new collectors to pursue what was once deemed the “hobby of kings.” Dusting off these time-aged issues, from the early 1960s and beyond, each installment of “Past Times with Coins,” written by its former longtime editor, explores what nuggets of interest they contain.

My first position at Krause Publications, in the mid-1980s, was on the editorial staff of , a sister publication of . As such, I attended some world money shows. At one of these, I remember witnessing a blind collector examine a Greek Athenian owl tetradrachm. By touch, he

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