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Last Month, Last Hopes
December 01, 2010



We have just turned the calendar page to the last month of the year.

What a wild ride we have had in the first 11 months.

Can the trends continue? Will gold and silver be higher Dec. 31 than they are now?

Coin collectors are focused on their undone to-do list.

Sales of silver American Eagle proof coins are moving along. Having them at all this year was quite a gift, considering that the demand for the silver bullion coin was being rationed through August.

It didn’t take much imagination to fear that 2010 would be a repeat of 2009.

But it wasn’t.

The America the Beautiful 5-ounce bullion coins and their long absence from the market even though production began in September has probably kept more collectors focused for far longer on the nuts and bolts of numismatics when normally their minds would be diverted to programs for the kids and other family holiday events.

This is not a New Year’s blog. We’ve still got 30 days to go. It looks like we are going to have to pay close attention to every last one of them.



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About the Author
David C. Harper has been a coin collector since 1963. He joined the Krause Publications editorial staff in 1978 and is currently editor of Numismatic News, Bank Note Reporter and World Coin News. He also edits two books annually, North American Coins & Prices and Coin Digest. He is the author of the Class of '63 column that runs each week in Numismatic News. His first bylined numismatic article appeared in the June 1971 issue of Coins Magazine and his various Krause Publications assignments included a stint as editor of the magazine 1980-1983. Harper received a bachelor of science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in 1977. He had a double major of journalism and economics.

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