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By Matt Dinger Modified: January 28, 2008 at 12:16 am •  Published: January 28, 2008

Pugalia, 32, was introduced to numismatics, or the study of coins, by his father.

"I've been collecting coins since I was 8 or 9 years old. I'm also a stamp collector,” Pugalia said.

"I was here about a year ago for the launch of the Oklahoma Centennial stamp. It's been an exciting year. I'm glad I had the opportunity.”

John and Marlene Highfill of Tulsa are private retailers and numismatic educators. The couple have spent their lives collecting coins. John is also the author of a book on silver dollars.

"Most people don't understand how detailed and technical numismatics really is or the difference between a proof and a circulating coin. It's also a mystery to most people how you make money by selling money,” Marlene said.

Nearly all the seats in the room were filled.

People attending Monday's 11 a.m. launch ceremony at the History Center will be able to buy $10 rolls of the quarters, with a limit of 10 rolls per person. Only cash will be accepted.

A special commemorative set may be bought for $5, with a limit of five sets per person.

A free quarter will be given to each child under the age of 18 attending the ceremony, Shaver said.