Questions for the collecting community:
1. How satisfied are you with Mint products? Are there too many issues? What would you like to see?
2. What new reference books are needed? On a series, or collecting in general? Aspects of collecting?
3. Research needs? Specialists in say, large cents or colonials know of research, but any other series? Modern coins?
4. How can a collector be more involved in this great hobby if he/she doesn't travel?
Products from the US Mint have lost their artistic designs (except for the ATB quarters). The US Mint product premiums are too high and their rules around limits / mintages seem un-caring to collectors. There seems to be plenty of books on every topic in the hobby. Too many written just to make a buck or see their own name published.
The Coin Student
1. As a YN I haven't made my first purchase from the Mint yet. I've read about people having issues with the Mint, but I'm not sure how big of a problem it is. I would like to see a new head of the Mint, based on things I've heard about the current one. ~ 2. I don't know what new reference books might be needed. I use "The Red Book" and recommend others to use it and any other books that have information about coins they collect. ~ 3. I'm not sure what you mean about research needs, so I don't have any recommendations for others. ~ 4. With the internet I believe that travel might not be necessary at all. You can see the world of coins online and buy anything you can afford. ~ Thanks for the questions!
very insightful questions . i think Kellen answered them fairly well. thanks for asking
1. I think the mint has done fairly well keeping their collector coin issuance to a minimum. There are only 2 commems a year, and for those of us who don't buy gold, medals, or other bullion, that's pretty good. Their packaging could use some work. I want to see more Mint forums. 2. This questions is too broad. The only one I would say you must have is the Red Book. 3. nnp.wustl.edu 4. Online. I run a Youtube, but you can also run a blog, or an eBay, etc