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March 10, 2008

Sleep took priority over my blog this morning. I got home about 1:30 this morning, returning from the National Money Show in Phoenix.

I was not particularly late. However, at that hour of the morning every extra minute seems to be worth at least two or three.

To cover the Krause table until 2 p.m. and then to fly east means a late arrival home no matter what. Had everything gone exactly right, I could not have made it any earlier than 12:30 a.m.

So I slept two hours later than usual this morning.

What do I think of the goings on in Phoenix?

Well, ANA has a new executive direct in Larry Shepherd. Reaction seems very favorable, but it is possible to find one or two dissenters from the majority opinion.

The public showed up in force. Many dealers commented on it. Business in general was considered a bit slow. Some blamed the heavy schedule of Las Vegas, Long Beach, Baltimore and then Phoenix on consecutive weekends. Some dealers just didn't make it to Phoenix as a result. The Tennessee state show kept others away and snowstorms did the rest.

Platinum took a header and gold didn't make it through $1,000, so that prompted a little bit of caution.

I did 12 radio interviews for our new CoinChat Radio, which is set to air for the first time on Friday. Perhaps "air" is an archaic term. It is going out online. I hope you get a chance to listen to it.

I am sure you will see more about it elsewhere on the Web site.

That's it for now.

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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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