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."
"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