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March 02, 2011

Gold and silver price movements have begun to make price guide publishers like us pull our hair out. Just as we get everything repriced, there they go again, and all prices need to be changed.

That we are falling down on the job occasionally has brought the occasional jibe from a reader.

These jibes are usually pointed at the 40-page monthly pride guide published in the first issue of each month in Numismatic News, which more than once has become obsolete as soon as we printed it.

That’s one reason why we run four pages of Coin Market at a Glance every week. It helps readers stay more current between the appearance of the monthly guide and it helps readers to spot trends that may be of interest to them.

Someday gold and silver might stay still for a while. All prices in the monthly Coin Market will be perfect.

At such a point in time, I know I won’t receive any e-mails saying thanks. I wouldn’t expect such. What I will be getting, though, will be comments about when readers think the next uptick in bullion prices will occur.

It might be too much to say that readers will miss getting outdated monthly prices, but they will miss the profits that these prices usually stand for.

And, as problems go, this is one that I enjoy to attempt to solve.

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On March 2, 2011 harvlaser said
It won't be long before we'll have to sell our Gold and Silver just to buy gasoline!.. I'm in So. Calif., and a Chevron station two blocks from home had Regular at $3.56 a gallon three days ago.. I drove past the station today, and it was up to $3.78 a gallon.. this is nuts!.. they claim it's due to the turmoil in Libya.. well the same reporters are also quick to point out that Libya only accounts for 2% of world crude oil exports.. someone has to explain to me how, other than SHEER GREED BY THE OIL COMPANIES, that fact could possibly account for a 23 cent a gallon rise in the price of Regular in three days.. reading the precious metals analysts' articles at, this same Middle-East turmoil is what's pushing the US$ down, and the price of precious metals UP..

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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 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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