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Price set to fall?

Yesterday wasn’t pretty on the world’s financial markets. Who isn’t a little worried about today?

After seeing the Dow Jones Industrial Average drop 391 points, gold $66 and silver nearly $4, or roughly 10 percent, it is no wonder we all feel a little skittish today.

What will I do?

I think I will change the subject.

When I was checking pages yesterday for the weekly Numismatic News edition, I saw an ad that offered for sale examples of the 2011 silver American Eagles that were struck at San Francisco but do not have the San Francisco mintmark on them. They are in a slab that identifies the “S” mint as the source.

The price was pretty high, though the grade was equally high at MS-70.

What will collectors five or 10 years from now make of these?

This question is complicated by the fact that the Mint will soon issue a special 25th anniversary set of American Eagles that will include a real, live 2011-S coin.

Will the pending release of a San Francisco American Eagle with the mintmark end up stomping all over the coins that are from San Francisco but have no mintmark?

That’s the question I would be asking if I owned one of the mintmarkless pieces.

The answer, my gut tells me, is they will.