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11 Mar 2023

Filler and Fodder Coin Thoughts 2: How I write my Blogs / Transition to Credit Cards

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Ah yes, the semi-monthly new series I write when I don't want to write a 50 State Blog or anything else noteworthy. Today I am going to ramble on about my internal thought process as I write my blogs. Be warned as this may be either really short or really long; I don't edit my blogs at all after they are written other than the minor spelling mistake. So...

04 Mar 2023

Who? (And the Spectacular Underperformance of 2023 Quarters from a Hobby Perspective)

Coins | coinfodder

Today I bought some comics at Barnes and Noble.Ok... why is this important?Well, first off, I paid in cash. Second, I got a bunch of quarters. I got three quarters. The first one I got was the New Hampshire one from 2000. Big whooop. The last two, however, where the Wilma Mankiller was the subject of the reverse. And when I saw it, I thought to myself... "WHO?"No seriously, I did. And that leads me into today's article.Before 2022, we had 22 years of states and National Parks quarters on the back of our coins. After the Tuskegee Airmen coin released in 2021, we had about 8 months of Washington Crossing the Delaware. What did the last 22 years of coins have in common with each other? They had an ability to make us care. With the states, they led to collectors all over the nation begin casually looking through pocket change to see if they had any of the cool, new designs. For the National Parks, a sense of wonder and a love of nature led us to collect these. The mint was hoping this love of collecting would drive the new American Women quarters to success.Except... they didn't.REASON 1: Collector Burnout.Its 2023. In 2019 and 2020, David Ryder led us into a storm of rare coins, new programs, and new stuff all in general to capitalize on the new collectors coming in during the pandemic hoping to get some financial security. This was a great bubble for the hobby...except, it burst. At the moment they introduced ANOTHER new series for us to spend our money on. With the new director not playing with the crazy artificial rarities that Ryder did, I guess the hype died down and people realized how much they had spent on the coins. This may have killed off a lot of hype around these coins, which had lots of potential. But then again, maybe they didn't, for...REASON 2: Do we really care?Don't get me wrong, the women on the coins have some very interesting stories of activism and personal achievement. But do the hobby, 90% male, honestly care? From a point, men like achievements celebrating brotherhood, sacrifice, or an interesting story about nature. We, as men, generally have a hard time relating with sisterhood and the motives of women. We can learn, but can we really adapt them into our life? (yes, but its not natural, if you know what I mean) So, at no fault to the subjects on the coins, I don't think the hobby really paid them much due when they came out for the above reasons.REASON 3: WHO ARE THEYYeah...this is probably the biggest one. If they chose subjects who's work have had implications on our lives and on the nation as a whole, I think we would be more invested in the coins as a whole. But...other than Eleanor Roosevelt, all the others have accomplishments seemingly only limited to their race or art as a whole. Some had effects across a bunch of different elements of life, but their accomplishments have unfortunately been buried by the history books.This is a series with a lot of potential. Maybe if the hobby appealed to more girls the coins would do better. Maybe if they chose better subjects. Could they have released it at a better time? The world is so full of "what-ifs?" All we can hope for is the improvement of the series at this point. They are already knee deep into plans for 2024.Thanks!Songs of the DayI don't want to take it anymoreI'll just stay here locked behind the doorJust no time to stop and get away'Cause I work so hard to make it every day

05 Feb 2023

Filler and Fodder Coin Thoughts 1

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I don't have a special blog planned this week, so I decided to go away from a script and see where this blog takes me. Warning- the topics may get strange, but its me writing. Its honestly par for the course....Decided to use cash to buy a bit of candy a while back and got the first of the new American Women quarters. My reaction...mixed at best. I don't know, I just don't like them...they don't have the same artistic complexity as the National Park or 50State quarters...they just don't. Possibly, this is because I don't recognize 80% of the honorees. I recognize Celia Cruz from this year, but have I listened to any of her music? No. I don't know, this series is just, meh. It may because I was spoiled with my entrance into coin collecting, with the amazing design work for the National Park series (the mighty plethora of bird included). I'm frankly honestly bored of people being on it. Our coins need a shakeup.There seems to be a new call for artists for the AIP, 18 years after the first call for artists. I've been noticing a sharp downgrade in the originality of designs (THA BIRDS). The pitch...its interesting. Its professional, but we have the tattooedup Joe Menna, our 14th Chief Engraver, as the opening. Its a solid pitch, I will not lie. However, I just can't get over Joe Menna crossing his arms. Does he notice that by crossing his arms, our eyes are drawn to his to those very big muscles and his tattoos (well, this is coin thoughts, these are my opinions, this is my brainrot). Hopefully Menna uses his artistic talents to pick the right people for the program. Some of the designs are getting stale. We need more designs like the WWI commem, and less like, ya know, tha birds.Its seems weird to me that after David Ryder left, the mint release schedule paled out, and on the old 2022 schedule, there are no crazy reverse proofs or rare privy mark proofs. Either they have been ripped from the schedule to "hide the damage" or the new director doesn't do these crazy things. If the latter is true, we must wonder, man, David Ryder. Its been a while since we muttered his name. He ran the place like a business. Remember November 14th, 2019, the 2019-S Reverse Proof Silver Dollar? The 2020 V75 Privy Mark proofs, one of which only had a minted run of 1945 and is worth 11 fold its purchase price? All relics now. In a way, I miss it. Maybe Ryder believed that any press was good press. He used those crazy rare artificialrarities to bring news to the numismatic world. More people where entering Numismatics. The ANA blog was flowing. Times where good.That ends my rambling. Goodnight.

28 Jan 2023

Vatican Coins- a Brief Presentation

Coins | coinfodder

VATICAN COINAGE, IS IT SMALL OR NOT? (sorry about the strange formatting, I don't want the entire blog to display on one page)

21 Jan 2023

Coins and You! Why do you collect?

Coins | coinfodder

Some may say this article is beating a dead horse, a bad record, or whatever metaphor you use to describe repeating things. But every now and then, your job manager (or consultant) asks you to reconsider your purpose in a company. Do the same with your collecting habits too. Why do I collect coins? So I can......so I can......collect old pieces of our nations history!

16 Jan 2023

Coin Cleaning YouTube Channels: a Lesson in Cringe

Coins | coinfodder

During my self imposed coin-break, I was browsing YouTube shorts while I was bored. The channel I found was called ICONICCoins. Seemed interesting, they had a cute-ish looking music theme, i'll watch it...

10 Sep 2022

The Fifty States of Coins: Part 29: New Hampshire

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God, I haven't uploaded in what seems like a lifetime. Well, here we go, I'll try to upload about once or twice a month around my busy schedule... Well good news, im watching the ANA auction with Emily and Andy the fighting numismatist...so I have time...

16 Jun 2022


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Provided you haven’t been living under a rock for the last 25 years, there is a chance that “Pokémon” has been screamed in your face at least once. Or check your phone. There are 150 million people that play Pokémon GO. Plop them in a nation together and you could have a little Indonesia. Pokémon makes a crud load of money. TV shows, video games, etc. However, a section (still pretty large) section of the franchise (which makes more money than Marvel or Star Wars) is the Trading Card Game. Surprisingly, these paper card games have an item of interest for coin collectors.

01 Jun 2022

US Mint: The Government's Sentinent Derp

Coins-United States | coinfodder

My quarantine from visiting the US Mint's webpage has ended. Lets take a trip and see what we find, shall we?

08 Mar 2022


Coins-United States | coinfodder

He ran out of money in Nebraska, after a sooner stole it. He lost his car after a long night in Vegas. He spent all his water away in the Great Basin. He went into a deep slumber, one rivalling the bears and other reptilian creatures in its scope.


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