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Thursday, August 12, 2010

US Mint on Facebook and Twitter

The United States Mint has recently set up pages on Facebook and Twitter. The Facebook Info page states, "The United States Mint is pleased to be a part of the social media network to increase awareness of our programs and products."

The first updates to the pages were posted in July, but recently they have become much more active. Yesterday, the US Mint also sent out an email notification to newsletter subscribers. So far, both the Facebook and Twitter pages are posting the same information, which has included notifications about events, newly released products, and a few "Did you know?" posts.

The Facebook page can be found here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Washington-DC/United-States-Mint/103695769458

The Twitter page can be found here: http://twitter.com/usmint

The US Mint has been taking steps to broaden its presence on the internet. About a year ago, they created a website with information and videos on the 2009 Ultra High Relief Double Eagle Gold Coin at www.uhrgoldcoin.gov. The US Mint seemed to use the site in conjunction with some online and off line advertising campaigns. Unfortunately, the site is no longer active and simply forwards to the US Mint's online catalog.

Earlier this year, the US Mint had a microsite created for the new America the Beautiful Quarters Program at www.americathebeautifulquarters.gov. One of the most useful functions of the site is to provide live videos of the launch ceremonies for each newly released coin of the series.

The next step, of course, will be for the US Mint to update its main website and online catalog at http://www.usmint.gov/. In their 2009 Annual Report, the Mint mentioned that a "Web Site Integration Project" was in process, which would integrate and consolidate the information and e-commerce aspects of the current site. During the 2009 fiscal year, the project began with drafting content requirements and initiating the design phase. This year, integration and development tasks should be continuing.

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At August 12, 2010 at 2:01 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really enjoyed their "did you know" post about how "hey, your coins used to be real money!" Nice way to throw it in our faces.

It's going to be interesting to see the feedback they get on some of these outlets. Frankly, I wonder if some censorship will be involved. After all, the Mint has been everything but consumer friendly.

It seems like all the nice coins are reserved for the wealthy too. Can the average Joe really afford some near $2,000 platinum coin? I mean come on. It's either that or basically go buy some overpriced Jay Leno dollar for $34.95. Okay, a bit extreme, but you know what I mean. Dirt challenges the beauty of our circulating coins.

 
At August 12, 2010 at 6:20 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd be more impressed if they took (and responded to) feedback on their product catalog website instead.

It seems like they really don't want to hear the "real" issues. I recently canceled a few superscriptions and none of the "reasons for" were due to substandard or poor design. They are only fooling themselves.

Facebook and twitter will just be a marketing tool. The question is will all the "cool" kids rather buy coins or friend Lady Ga Ga?

 
At August 12, 2010 at 6:54 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

ooooooooeeeeeee. Facebook and Twitter. Saddle up ol' Glue. We're ridin' into town, Hoss and goin' down to the Hitchin' Post to get ourselves a brew. Big Whoop.

 
At August 12, 2010 at 8:18 PM , Anonymous The Dude said...

Dudes, 'did you know' that we are now charging collectors more for less. In some countries this would be considered a crime. We are witnessing the eventual demise of our once strong collector base.
Give me 'a break' US Mint (literally)

 
At August 13, 2010 at 6:16 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

You gotta wonder if the GAO knows how much the Mint is spending on shovels to spread their fertilizer around.

 
At August 13, 2010 at 7:39 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dave Harper mentioned in his blog this morning about Proof Plats sold yesterday at the Boston Convention. "Yesterday, the U.S. Mint sold out the 50 proof platinum American Eagles that went on sale yestaday. Of course, online sales still made the coin available to other people. Jordan says he believes that custodians of Individual Retirement Accounts will snap up the full issue of 10,000 fairly quickly."

 
At August 13, 2010 at 9:31 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, like most of you I have backed out of buying much this year. Prices rising on the same crap is just not worth it. All I really care for are Silver proof eagles. I'm not a richy rich that can afford high dollar coins.. like gold or platinum. To much of my money already goes to the gov.

 
At August 14, 2010 at 10:39 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone get the impression that coin collecting right now is boring? There just isn't anything exciting or anything worth collecting in the months ahead.

More gold spouse coins? Yawn. More mass produced state quarters? Yawn. More presidential dollars? Yawn. Sure, Lincoln sells, but you can bet that any Lincoln collectibles will be overproduced.

 
At August 14, 2010 at 1:17 PM , Anonymous Don said...

The mint has provided details on the 2010 silver proof set. It went up from $52.95 last year, to a whopping $56.95 this year (with less coins). I will not be buying anything from the mint this year. http://catalog.usmint.gov/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10001&storeId=10001&productId=15253&langId=-1

 
At August 14, 2010 at 2:45 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I truly HATE to use this word as it conjures up "troubles" of varying degrees, but, honest and long time collectors of US coins, sets, and bags, direct from the US Mint have got to BOYCOTT purchasing the utter garbage being vomited out of Mint presses, and at outragous prices to boot.

Boy, I wish it weren't so, but it is........the Mint offerings of take it or leave it only allows me and others one choice - don't buy junk and pay ridiculous prices on top of it.

 
At August 15, 2010 at 5:48 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mint needs accountability for such price increases!

 
At August 16, 2010 at 7:00 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

On a positive note: proof Buff to have low mintage (from low sales) and may be a big winner for '10. Price to go up this week so a great buy early this week! Nice coin too!

 
At August 16, 2010 at 10:38 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any one have a list for the proof buffalo mintages over the years?

 
At August 16, 2010 at 10:47 AM , Blogger Mint News Blog said...

http://goldbuffaloguide.com/mintages/

 
At August 16, 2010 at 11:25 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just finished selling the remainder of my modern collection and it feels GOOD!!!The mint with their Robber-Barron mentaility, and the moderns corner of the hobby pushed too hard price wise (greed), along with the mass production and yearly infinite run of the ATB quarters, I called it quits about a month ago. I truely feel liberated! No more FDI, Early releases, and MS70 snipe hunts for me!!!

 
At August 16, 2010 at 12:19 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't bother with the 2010 Proof Buffalo. The mintage is already high enough above the 2008 to generate any real excitement. Plus, at $1,460 (and soon again to be at $1,510), the Mint sales price is too high to allow for much of any profit to be made, by the time you pay eBay/PayPal fees and postage/insurance.

Sure, if gold spot rises to the astronomical levels that have been predicted, the coin is a good buy at today's prices. Other than that though, be prepared to hold it for a while before it can be sold profitably.

 
At August 16, 2010 at 2:49 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would love to have a 2010 proof Buff even at the high prices just because I like the coin. May not happen this year due to other financial priorities. I have some of the earlier buffalos but not everything. Its like collecting the yellow spouse coins of which I don't. In order to get everything it is gonna cost. The mint shoulda let the 1 oz buff go and kept one of the smaller sizes in production so more collectors could get a taste of the gold buffalo. Oh, I've complained about that before to no avail. Just venting. The mint may be losing the limited budget collector as much of the other stuff they throw out the door is insulting to me. Even though I am a small potatoes collector I still like quality silver coins of which I see few coiming out of the mint. Maybe it just doesn't pay to make quality anymore. Seems like you have to pay 1000 bucks to get in the door on a quality mint coin.

 

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