Today is a Monday – only more so for me. My computer acted up first thing this morning, so I am running behind.
My thoughts also run to base metals. The U.S. Mint’s monthly production numbers for April are available and they show that production was over 1.1 billion coins during the month.
That’s a good number as it continues the uptrend of recovery from the lows of 2009.
I have written from time to time that the state of the U.S. economy is reflected in the demand for circulating coins. Rising production numbers mean rising economic activity. I expect the relationship to continue this year.
As if right on cue rather than simply by coincidence, while I was getting ready for work this morning, I heard an ad on the radio for a job at the Wisconsin Veterans Home at King, which is about 15 miles from Iola.
The home had advertised a different category of jobs last week. That’s probably another good sign for the economy, but on a smaller scale.
Even collectors’ high demand levels last week for the two-coin silver West Point American Eagle, which went on sale Thursday, can be construed as being a positive reflection of the state of the economy.
If times are getting better, that is good for us all.
Now I just have to hope that my Monday will get better. That might be a taller order.
Buzz blogger Dave Harper is editor of the weekly newspaper “Numismatic News.”