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Don't look

I am trying an experiment today.

I promise that I will not look at the price of gold or silver all day.

I wonder if I can make it through an entire day.

I might be a gold and silver price addict.

It has been a part of my collecting and professional life for so long that it is only by accident that a day passes without my checking out the price of bullion.

I won’t claim that I can give it up.

I acquired the habit when I was a paperboy delivering the morning paper.

Some days in those days I checked the price even before I delivered the papers, but it was 1968 when I traded my afternoon route for one in the morning and things were really happening with silver.

I could see silver coins disappearing right before my eyes week to week.

I began 1968 still having to give silver coins in change to my customers because I did not have the money to keep every silver coin I encountered. I had to be selective.

By the end of 1968 keeping every silver coin I encountered was no financial sweat at all.

I was also sorry that I had not taken money out of my college savings to keep all of the silver coins I received that year.

But I didn’t.

What I did keep was my addiction to following the price daily.

Gold came later.

Gold was a boring $35 an ounce until Aug. 15, 1971, unless, of course, I wanted to follow the London market, which I did from time to time, but even then, the price did not vary by enough to make daily checks interesting.

Look at gold and silver now.

They are fluctuating and I am addicted to watching the price movements on a daily basis.

But not today.

Today it will be different.



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Buzz blogger Dave Harper is winner of the 2014 Numismatic Literary Guild Award for Best Blog and is editor of the weekly newspaper "Numismatic News."