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Coin collector will award unusual tip

| Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, 6:38 p.m.
Blaine Shiff
A rare 100-year-old Barber half dollar worth $250 will be left as a tip at a Market Square restaurant on Oct. 21, 2013

Getting a single coin for a tip would usually damper any waiter's day.

But the coin Blaine Shiff intends to leave behind Oct. 21 at a Market Square restaurant is anything but usual.

In honor of the Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists' annual Fall Coin Show and Convention, one lucky server will receive a rare 100-year-old Barber half dollar worth $250 from Shiff, owner of Cybercoins.net in Dormont. Whoever receives the coin can bring it to the coin show to redeem it.

“We're not making anybody rich, but maybe we will make their day a little brighter,” says Shiff, coin show chairman.

The coin, named for the man who designed it, Charles Barber, is one of 390,000 made at the time.

This is the second time Shiff will surprise a server with the unexpected tip. The first was in May at the Wooden Nickel in Monroeville with (what else?) a 100-year-old buffalo nickel.

“The server said at first he thought, ‘Oh no, what did I do wrong,'” Shiff says with a laugh.

The coin convention draws up to 5,000 people, Shiff says. It features more than 130 tables and 90 dealers there to buy, sell or trade coins, paper money, tokens, medals, gold, silver and bullion. Admission is free.

The Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists Fall Coin Show and Convention is Oct. 24 to 26, at the Monroeville Convention Center, 209 Mall Blvd. Show hours are noon to 6 p.m. Oct. 24, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 25 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 26. Details: www.pancoins.org

Rachel Weaver is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-320-7948 or rweaver@tribweb.com.

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