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Express Yourself: A License to Collect, Part 2

Part 1—A Recap

Who among us would not love to put a gorgeous plate of amazonite and smoky quartz on the rear deck of our car? Or hang a great Kombat mine cerussite from our rear-view mirror to enjoy the sparkle. Or, perhaps, mount the head of a small raptor on the car's hood to replace the manufacturer's ornament.

Fortunately, for those of us who crave to express ourselves via our vehicles, there is a safe, affordable option, without causing us to worry about that expensive specimen fading, cracking, or mysteriously disappearing. We have, instead, the license plate—that most public of public documents, composed of a combination of numbers and letters and, depending upon the state, generally made up of six to eight characters.

Jeff Starr is a member of the Mineralogical Association of Dallas (MAD) and is now retired after teaching science for twenty-nine years.

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