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No FUN for Me in 2009
December 15, 2008

The wind is howling outside. Temperatures are in the process of dropping about 50 degrees in a 24-hour period to below zero in these parts.

This is a good time to think about the Florida United Numismatists convention that convenes Jan. 8 in Orlando. The Florida climate seems pretty appealing about now.

However, I won't be there.

I am such a regular at the convention that I cannot remember the last year that I was not in attendance. I send my regrets to all who might have expected to see me there, most especially the Sarasota Coin Club.

In the last few years I have been a speaker at their annual FUN meeting. The club sponsors a bus for members to the show and their meeting turns out a large number of members in consequence. It's a good group.

My topic lately has been forecasts for the coming year and confessing the mistakes of prior forecasts. I have enjoyed giving the talks because the questions that follow are always good ones. Since I also put my forecasts in my column, I can't escape my mistakes this cycle. I have a couple of winners to brag about, too, so it won't be one-sided.

I have not yet come up with my forecasts for next year, but soon I must.

What do you think will be the big events in 2009? Where will precious metals go? What will most affect you in the next 12 months?

Let me know. Post a comment here.

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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 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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