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'Leprosy Coins' and the Legacy of Stigma

In the early 1960s, a Nevada physician received a curious gift from one of his patients: a handful of loose coins. But these weren’t just spare change. Robert Myles’s patient was a coin dealer, and among the hodgepodge of old coins he’d given his internist, three stood out as peculiar. They were coins from the Philippines, but nothing like Myles, a casual coin enthusiast since boyhood, had ever seen before.
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