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How Sweet It Is
March 10, 2008

Remember Jackie Gleason? Well, his signature phrase popped into my head here in Phoenix.

It is good to be with active hobbyists in a very pleasant setting. Winter won't give up in Wisconsin. Snow is still piled high. Spring is coming.

However it doesn't take seasonal optimism to be pleased with numismatic business conditions. Nobody knows how long the good times will last, but all of the signs keep pointing to continuing high levels of interest and ever rising prices for truly collectible coins.

If you know where inflation is going and how hard any recession might bite, you will have an idea of how long the good times can last.

Back in 1979-1980, the boom was called "The Party" by dealers. We don't seem to have a name for this particular period. When we find one, I hope it will last longer.

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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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