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When I Am Perfectly Wrong
August 30, 2010

I had my hair cut last Tuesday. Talking to the woman who cuts it is always interesting.

She also is an Emergency Medical Technician with the Iola Ambulance.

We were talking about the full moon. I mentioned the kind of phone calls I get at that lunar phase. I didn’t have anything particularly in mind at the time, I was just making conversation because it was the day of the full moon.

She laughed. She knew all about that sort of thing. Apparently emergency calls spike at that time of the month also.

Some of my calls during the days that followed lived up to their full moon reputation.

One person called who wanted to talk about coin pricing in Coin Market. This in itself is not unusual. I get inquiries from time to time.

He wanted to talk about philosophy of pricing, not a typographical error he had found, or a price that seemed too low or too high.

Early in the conversation he said that everything in Coin Market was 100 percent wrong. Well, I replied that with that kind of error rate it would appear that I would not be able to help him at all.

No question that prices are always a work in progress. No question that typos can creep in. But 100 percent wrong?

There really is nothing else to talk about – until the next full moon.

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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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