Joseph P. Kennedy knew it was time to get out of the stock market before the 1929 crash when shoeshine boys were offering stock tips.
What is the 21st century equivalent?
The contents of my email this morning perhaps are the answer.
One email invites me to a cryptocurrency pizza party in central London.
I have always wanted to visit London, but I don’t think I will make this event.
The information in the email looks high powered.
An individual resume looks like the sender wants to impress me.
However, if it is to impress, why is the email being sent to someone out in the middle of rural Wisconsin?
A second email follows a series of similar ones in recent days. It tells me about a cryptocurrency that relates to dentistry.
You read correctly.
I hit delete, as I am sure you would.
But know that dental practices in Pakistan and Serbia are adopting it.
Must be my loss then.
How do I get on these email lists?
I am not alone in wondering.
I expect you get spam emails like this also.
But only recently have my spam emails been playing up cryptocurrencies.
My first blog about one was late last November when Bitcoin was knocking on the door of $10,000.
It is still knocking at that level almost three months later, but it nearly reached $20,000 in the interim and fell to roughly $6,000.
Does that give you confidence in it?
Are these emails the shoeshine boys telling me where to put my money?
Do I get emailed inquiries about numismatics anymore?
I sure do.
Many are useful for Coin Clinic.
Keep them coming.
Others are not useful at all.
I am still getting emails that do not bother to write out a question.
There is simply an image attached.
If I am lucky, the subject line has question marks in it so I know it is a question.
This morning, the image sent to me is of a fairly well circulated 1961-D cent.
Do emails like this make you want to be a numismatics editor just like me?
Even numismatics editors get a weekend. I am looking forward to 5 p.m.
Buzz blogger Dave Harper won the Numismatic Literary Guild Award for Best Blog for the third time in 2017 . He is editor of the weekly newspaper "Numismatic News."
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