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Wissahickon Collection


A Walter Breen Encounter

I was reading the PCGS coin forum, and ran across a thread entitled, OUTSIDE THE ROPES Coin Show Moment. That started me thinking (always a dangerous thing).

I recalled attending a show sometime in the late 1970/ early 1980 time period. And I do not recall the exact location; either Cincinnati, Philadelphia, or New York. My memory is really vague on both time and location.

I got in a hotel elevator to go to the show site, and as the door was closing, a very large man with an unusual appearance stepped through the doors. His attire was buckskin-like clothing and a large leather shoulder bag. His hair was long including a long bushy beard.

I knew who he was immediately from pictures. We did not speak, but I spent our upward journey looking at him while trying to appear not to be looking at him.

My first and only Walter Breen encounter!

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