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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Survey Results: Bold Predictions

This post will conclude the coverage of the Mint News Blog reader survey. This survey was available during the first week of January as a way to wrap up the old year and start thinking about 2010 coins. The survey covered US Mint products, circulating coins, precious metals, and related topics.

With the coverage of the survey concluded, I wanted to once again thank all of the readers who completed the survey and others who read along for the results. These survey results will be revisited in some fashion at the end of the year.

From my perspective, compiling and covering the survey results was a thought provoking and enjoyable experience. It did end up being a much more lengthy process than I had anticipated. Next year, I plan to create a similar survey, but will probably reduce and refocus the questions. If anyone has other suggestions about how to improve next year's survey, please lave a comment.

The final page of the survey asked for a bold prediction about something completely unexpected that would happen during 2010 related to the US Mint or coins. I picked out a representative selection of these bold predictions, which are republished below:

"The design of the Silver Eagle will change."

"The Mint will announce the closing of one of the Mint locations due to the lowered need for circulating coin production."

"The post office will start to sell coins made by the mint in addition to stamps."

"A major change on the obverse on one of current coins. I haven't given up hope that they might put Teddy Roosevelt on the quarter or do something major with the dime."

"Presidential Dollar program canceled after Lincoln issue."

"The Mint will stop offering bullion because it will be unable to keep up with demand"

"A 1964-D Peace Dollar will surface."

"Palladium UHR!"

"I expect the 5 oz silver National Parks coins will sell out immediately . Their prices will follow the same type of curve the 1st wives coins did when first released. By the second year, the release will be a non event."

"Congress will mandate Eagle Proofs be minted for collectors."

"Another transitional variety will be discovered, similar to the 2008 silver eagle with the reverse of 2007, among currently circulating U.S. coinage."

"At least one MS first spouse gold coin will finish its production run with under 3,000 sales."

"Mint will produce 'new' Morgans to take advantage of the beauty and popularity of this coin and its design. "

"The U.S. Mint will not mint any 2010 nickels or dimes for circulation!"

"1933 St. Gaudens Double Eagles will be declared legal to own by a federal judge, and a dozen 'new' examples will surface."

"A metal change for circulating coins."

"2009 silver eagles (burnished and proofs) will be made available as limited edition products in the 2010 year."

"The mint will end direct shipment dollar coin program."

"Silver will make an all time high."

"The new quarters will be hard to find, low mintage, and banks won't order them."
Other posts covering survey results:
Favorite 2009 US Mint Product and Biggest Disappointment
Mint News Blog Readers Reflect on 2009
2010 US Mint Products and Potential Offerings
Collecting America the Beautiful Quarters
Mint News Blog Readers Look Ahead to 2010
2010 Coins and Precious Metals Predictions



At January 27, 2010 at 12:16 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

As always, a big thank you Michael for all the work and effort concerning the survey and for publishing samples of everyone's opinions. Throughout the year, many of us post thoughts on your blog, some positive sounding, some negative. That you publish both sides of any issue without sanction is telling. For sure, we each have an opinion and here we have a venue to express it. I think it's a shame that Mint officials and others who have a hand in daily operations and coin production probably do not benefit from both sides of opinions by the very people who order and buy numismatic products they make available. I wish they would read the thought of others from time to time.

You do a fine job....thank you.~ Grandpa

At January 27, 2010 at 12:38 PM , Anonymous vaughnster said...


At January 27, 2010 at 1:27 PM , Anonymous Lureuin said...

A very big thanks Michael for another year of great service to all of us.

At January 27, 2010 at 1:27 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The very last prediction is probably not far off the mark. The handful of local banks here that actually received rolls of 2009 U.S. Territories Quarters have already told me that they will not be ordering the 2010's. Hence, I don't know if I'll be able to get any rolls at all this year!

At January 27, 2010 at 6:37 PM , Anonymous jack palladium said...

i second the palladium issue

At January 27, 2010 at 6:48 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Mint did it before - they certainly could do it again. There's no reason against it in my opinion. I'm thinking about the difficulty and general impossibility of obtaining simple nickels and dimes.

Many will remember that the Mint offered and sold bags of 500 and 1,000 circulation quality nickels, both P & D, in the years 2003 - 2007. Many were part of the Westwood Journey series. ( Peace, Keelboat, Bison, Ocean & Return )They also marketed the 2003 bags as the "last of the Monticello obverse" design nickels. (1938-2003) I know because I bought these bags each year to be left to my children, for posterity. They remain in the Mint cardboard mailing boxes. Maybe 50 years from now, someone will buy them, and have the joy of searching thru 100's of coins never circulated. Talk about the thrill of getting a Mint sewn bags that was never opened or searched. Imagine the anticipation of finding, MS65 & better coins, double dies?, off strikes, others?

If the Fed won't distribute 2009 coins, the banks aren't ordering, everyday coins are not being made available........the MINT should pull up their boot straps and re-take initiative as they did just a few years ago. Imagine 100's of thousands of children, adults and others who won't be able to fill the holes in their coin books. Sell bags of everyday coins to collectors...not fancy rolls in useless color wrappers at outrageous prices. This isn't rocket's a lost opportunity not to act. ~ Grandpa

At January 28, 2010 at 7:27 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...


At January 28, 2010 at 11:28 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is your cap key locked or do you think we can't read yours without caps?

At January 28, 2010 at 11:32 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The mint should make it possable for us to buy rolls of nickel, dime and pennies. We can buy rolls of the other coins at jacked up prices. It would still be cheaper then going to E-bay.

At January 28, 2010 at 2:02 PM , Anonymous John said...

Michael -

Your blog is my favorite coin blog. It is timely, interesting, and profitable. My collection would not be near as nice without the information you provide.

Thanks for the all the hard work you do keeping us up-to-date!

At January 28, 2010 at 3:53 PM , Anonymous Craig said...

Less of a prediction than an idea- the Mint should reintroduce the 2-cent coin, but not as it was. It would be made of a consistently cheap metal and thereby help reduce the need to produce costly cents and nickels. We would have the same dollar value in coinage produced, but for a cheaper cost and as an opportunity to reduce losses on the cent and nickel; plus, the Mint could get a lot of collectors sales on its first edition(s).

At February 4, 2010 at 8:39 AM , Blogger Art Haule said...

I've wondered about the potential savings of a two cent coin for years. It would take a while to get used to, and the public would probably throw a fit for the first few years. Merchants would need to figure out another arrangement for their tills, but two cent coins really do seem to make sense to me without having done any in-depth statistical analysis.

At March 10, 2010 at 5:54 PM , Blogger spanky said...

Here's a Novel Idea, why not manufacture products that people will actually use?.. like a 5 Dollar Coin? The Mint wonders why people don't use the 1 dollar's because you can't buy anything for a BUCK ANYMORE! Crikey! a Pack of Cigarettes costs $8.00..a Hamburger costs $5.00..1 Dollar Coins are useless. I'd gladly carry $20 in the form of 4 Coins but I won't carry $20 in single want to cut down on costs? Try minting something that we'll use for a change..They last much longer and if the Vending Machine Industry doesn't like it, they can adapt or Perish. Somebody else, willing to adapt, will always take their Place. Just a rant...


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