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Colorized U.S. Coinage

During the opening ceremonies for the Worlds Fair of Money, the Mint Director stated that they were seriously considering some "tasteful" colorization of the Basketball commemorative coins in 2020.   As you all know, colorization has become a fairly common practice at world mints with some countries, like Canada, using the technique quite extensively.  Personally, I am not a supporter of colorized coins as it tends to make me think they're tokens rather than Coins of the Realm.  Having said that, I do own several colorized world coins and will undoubtedly purchase more in the future.  What is your opinion?
PS- The coin pictured is an example of one I have in my collection.  The 1000 Yen Silver Commemorative for Yamaguchi Prefecture, part of Japan's Prefecture (statehood) series of Coins

2 years ago

If the U.S. Mint worked with the Canadian Mint to use Plasmonic coloring for the coin it could be very interesting, and might create a market just for the novelty of something like that.  I know I would buy that coin if they did use the technique, even though I'm not the biggest Basketball fan and could care less about a basketball coin. 

I see the University of Ottawa has been continuing to try to industrialize the process for the Canadian Mint...  Maybe we could see this happen?  After all, Toronto is the current NBA Champion; Though, I admit it's probably a stretch since the Canadian mint is still working the process and keeping the technology to themselves for now.


https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-the-colour-of-money-how-the-royal-canadian-mint-is-using-cutting-edge/

2 years ago

As you know I am not a fan of colonization. Yes on tokens but not coins. I think it takes away from it. Canada is famous for it. I noticed many sellers and dealers are breaking up the pride of two nations like I said it would. Everyone wants the American Silver Eagle. So do i. I don't like the Canadian coin it's smaller and darker. Maybe color would of helped it. The reason they broke it up it just wasn't selling. As I say buy What you like. Next they will have lights in them.

2 years ago

Canada does it well, but as long as they keep it to a minimum. Overkill makes it look like something out of a coloring book. The $3 silver series is a good example, and you could really call them "gilt." The US Mint will probably try doing like it on the basis of boosting sales of the new quarter series or innovation dollars. I just hope they don't venture into commemorative territory. I'm surprised they don't use it as a  counterfeiting deterrent.  

2 years ago

While like most serious collectors colorized coins are not my thing, to the younger generation they appear to be as they sell steadily at coin shows and online. With that said, I think the mint sees this and perhaps this is who they are targeting. If correct, then that would be a great thing for a stagnant hobby as far as age demographics go. If they buy them colorized it would stand to reason that "real" coins might attract their attention. Or so  my thoughts on the topic.

1 year ago

I live close to the Basketball Hall of Fame but that coin does nothing for me.
I'm not a fan of colorized coins so I hope they colorize the basketball coin since I have no intention of buying one.
I played baseball and football but doubt I'd go for color on any coin.
Does Japan have Prefecture coins for Minami Torishima and Ogaswara?

1 year ago

I think they chose the basketball commemoratives to introduce color into our coinage because it might appeal to younger collectors, the dynamism of the design might lend itself to color, and perhaps an appeal to more urban individuals that might have never even considered coin collecting.

1 year ago

I never knew that something this dumb would actually happen. More yns are great, but this is not the way to do it. Make kids want to collect what is already there. Don't make new junk just for them.

1 year ago

The reason there thinking of putting color on the basketball commen is just for to them the yns. Any sports coins I buy I buy at the Highland Mint in Florida.

1 year ago

For the most part, I do not like colorized coins although I do own a few. Rather I am a fan of US and foreign mints experimenting with the different varieties of finishes. The enhanced reverse proof finishes the US Mint has been doing of late is stunning.  

1 year ago
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