Much of the recent interest in precious metals like gold and silver stems from the effects of price inflation. Many people who buy coins like pre-’64 dimes, quarters and half dollars do so to protect themselves from the effects of this inflation – and to have a highly valuable medium of exchange in the event price inflation spirals out of control. One sign pointing to this phenomenon was recently spotted at a Shell gas station off Interstate 5 in Ashland, Oregon. There, motorists are greeted with a sign behind the front counter (shown above). Wow, 20 cent gas!!