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19 Aug 2021

Editorial: So If You Really Want to See the Mint Change.....

| I. R. Bama

All summer long I have seen threads and blogs complaining about the mint's process that has been established to distribute non business strikes to those who wish to obtain them. Apparently, several have written to the mint to no avail. This does not surprise me as we are discussing bureaucrats' response to those who hold no power over them. Many seem to confuse the mint, an agency of the government for a business, which it is not and expect them to react like a business and be responsive to their needs. Then, because this agency does not behave as a business, people become frustrated.


Having been involved in community organization professionally and in the legislative process in the past, I would suggest a different strategy for those of you interested in changing how the mint distributes special strikes.



My opinion is that the only way to move the mint is through your elected officials. Write BOTH of your U.S. senators AND your congressman who represents your district. Ask for action. Be polite. One of two things will happen. Either some action at that level will occur and satisfactory results will ensue, or you will get a blah blah blah letter. If you do, save those too. They will become useful later. So I have seen about at least ten of you consistently complaining about this problem, maybe more. I think most you of don't live too close to each other either. That's helpful! The more letters involving a greater numbers of elected officials that represent different constituencies will be beneficial.


Do not expect necessarily that this is where you win the battle. You might; I doubt it. You will need someone to coordinate this campaign. So if you have 10 people with 30 letters of responses, you can report to Coin World and the ANA and get them enlisted. The more letters you can collect, the better chances of a favorable outcome will occur.


The nice thing about this is it will cost you the price of three stamps. Don't email them. They don't take emails as seriously as a letter. Its more an investment of time and effort.


How do I know this works? Professional experience in my field and I had a relative who was an executive secretary for a congressman who sat on the Ways and Means committee.

Good luck!

Comments

thatcoinguy

Level 5

I will join this campaign! I’ll put in this steam what I get back…

I. R. Bama

Level 5

Save the letter and the responses you get. We will put them together and present a united front

SilverToken

Level 3

I have to agree with Mike about same letter. We had a situation in our subdivision where a parcel wanted to subdivide and annex into a local municipality to do it. We created a singular letter, had 3 made of each, distributed to the 400 involved residents, and targeted our displeasure to the mayor, the proposed alderman, and the P&Z commissioner. When it came up at the meeting, they didn't want to touch the issue because of the volume they received against the annex. The Same letter shows a great Unity as well. A Consistent, trident targeted campaigning at the right decision level is the best way, unless it's corrupt, then nothing changes. People that get elected rarely take up issues that doesn't advance their agenda. It is the ones that can get fired that will worry the most.

I. R. Bama

Level 5

Great! Well Mike's in charge of the project now, he will lead the way!

Mike

Level 7

Since when was I appointed. I said boycott the mint. For years. Someone else started this letter campaign. I said I would go in with it. That's all. .I went to Albany to lobby for the teaching of the starvation of Ireland. There was about 10 of us. We sat outside there offices. Sometimes for two hours. Some refused to see us . Some were nice. Never again. We won. But we were treated like no bodys. Has anyone else done that. I wrote most of the Presidents and got letters not even concerned with the issues. I have been in there offices here in Brooklyn. They smile say yes I understand then I have an appoitment. I will write a letter but I don't know to who. I write my congressman two blocks for me. Get the same letter. Form letter.!!!

I. R. Bama

Level 5

I turned it over to you because you shot down my idea. You came up with writing a congressional committee's members, want us to do that instead.. But you don't want to help us. So you've undermined the project. No solution just why something won't work. Really you can't say that until it's been tried. This is pretty sad

Mike

Level 7

Thirty letters to different congressmen and women from different states is not what you need. The few people on the committee get 30 that's different. That's just my opinion.

I. R. Bama

Level 5

Just put their names in a blog for us. We can write them.

I. R. Bama

Level 5

Ok, perhaps you can identify them for us. Then we can spring into action

Mike

Level 7

I believe those letters have to go to the committee who passes the law.. They sign of on everything. They have to know what happens once it leaves there desk! My Congressman can't get rid of a food cart . Why he doesn't care. You have to go to those who vote on these bills. You will receive what I did. Thank you for letting us know of your situation . I will look I to it. That was last summer. People went to the office. Same thing. This cart is open to 3:00a.m. . Keeps some people.awake. You have to go to the source. Those who vote on the coins submitted to them for authorization to make the coin . They get 30 letters then the Treasuary Department will here it! This is all a guess!!

Long Beard

Level 5

Well put. And guilty. I try to keep my frustrations to a minimum, so I feel some sort of justification.

Kepi

Level 6

Great blog Bama! My 3 letters will be in the mail this weekend. We all complain so what do we have to loose but a little time to write and 3 stamps. ; )

Longstrider

Level 6

My letters are in the mail. Both Senators and my Congressman. We'll see what happens. Thanks.🐍

I. R. Bama

Level 5

Mike says no one else will follow through. It's just the three of us so far. We need 22 more. Imagine 50 senators and 20 representatives being asked for assistance. But don't get all John Lennon on me imaging things

Golfer

Level 5

It is slightly disappointing to me the mint sells out certain product so fast. The bulk buyers are not needed. Why not sell to the people at 1 a piece first. Then let the bulk buyers get the scraps. Hobby must be strong.

It's Mokie

Level 6

The more I think about it, the more I realize in the grand scheme of things, this is definitely a low priority first world problem. I think I will let the more dedicated shoulder this fight. (:

I. R. Bama

Level 5

Lol, this is a first world problem, but why not do something to level the playing field. They know how many individuals are getting turned away. Heck. If they can sort of tell what kind of a flu shot to make they can tell how many individuals will try to buy a coin. The rest send to the bulk buyers. Simple solution: individuals sales 60 days. Then bulk buyers

I. R. Bama

Level 5

You know, these coins aren't my thing, but I feel you guys. In the name of Liberte and Fraternete and all that good stuff, I'm going to write to mycongressman and senators too. I'm in.

I. R. Bama

Level 5

Oh and please remember the niceties: The Honorable.... Dear Senator or Representative. Do not call names or accuse. State the problem and their policy that creates the problem. Suggest a solution. If you supported them in the election, mention it. Otherwise don't bring it up

Mike

Level 7

I have been complaining about the mint longer than I know.. Started with the Truman coins and chronicles set. What they did., But first no one was buying these. What they did was make Truman coin a reverse proof and mintage 17,500. Since then I never ever got to buy a coin I wanted. Never got thru. sold out 12 minutes. I'm back to buying my sets for my books and one burnished coin a year.. They didn't make them every year. No special coins for me. I got what I wanted. . There are still many problems. But they know there are questions to be answered. Let's See what happens. Thanks for the information.. I will try thanks.

Longstrider

Level 6

I'll give it a go. At least it's something new to try. Sounds like a plane to me. Thanks Bama.🐍

I. R. Bama

Level 5

That's exactly the kind of letter you need down the road when you have a number of them. They don't like to look indifferent to the constituents. When you get a bunch of those kinds of letters, then when it gets publicized they have to act to make themselves look better

"SUN"

Level 6

I once wrote a senator about the mint, his reply was a link to mint products. Totally missing my point.

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