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Traveling Salesman Joke

There's a traveling salesman, on one fine day he stops by a large retail chain to peddle his wares. To his surprise the chain buys everything he has to offer. He then returns with to his head office with the store's cheque in hand, he receives a very large commission cheque. Now it seems that his lifelong dream to finish his mint-state Mercury dime collection can be realized. The next week he is traveling through a small town with only a single coin dealer, he goes into the shop and asks if the owner has a 1916D Mercury dime. The shop keeper does have one (and only one). He goes into the back while the salesman is looking around and gets from the safe a spectacular, toned 1916D. He shows the gem of a coin to the salesman, the sun coming in through the window radiates all the colors of the rainbow off the coin, the salesman is impressed. He asks the proprietor of the shop if he might have one that is not toned. The owner says he has another one in the back. He takes the coin from the salesman and slips into the back of the store and takes out his coin dip and dips the coin. It is now quite a nice blazing white BU. He brings this out to show the salesman. The salesman really likes the coin and mentions that he has had a good week lately and says "Great, I'll take both of them."

Guntram Weisbrich


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Numismatica / 15 Sep 2003