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If speaking on “Education & its Role in Developing the Future of the Hobby” what might you say?

RogerBRogerB Posts: 8,852 ✭✭✭✭✭
  • To older collectors?
  • To young collectors?
  • To dealers?
  • To mass-market sellers?
  • To the U.S. Mint leadership?

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    BryceMBryceM Posts: 11,729 ✭✭✭✭✭

    To collectors both old and new: Tuition is due and will be collected. You can pay it via making an effort to become educated or you can live in ignorance paying the tuition in money and frustration.

    Even better, make friends with some smart folks who can help you navigate what can and should be a fun hobby.

    To dealers: Two things. First, live by the golden rule. Second, trust your own grades & experience. Don’t lean too much on the TPGs and stickers.

    To mass-market sellers: Stop screwing with coins.

    To the mint: Just stick to making coins for commerce.

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    SteveBellSteveBell Posts: 58 ✭✭✭
    edited October 16, 2017 10:54AM

    Older collector's-Pass along your knowledge!You were new once too.

    Younger-Have some patience.You will find that it truly is a virtue.

    Dealers-Dont bend people over just to make a buck.Glad my dealer is one of the best in the state!

    Mass Market-.......sneer

    US Mint-Thanks for making money!

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    TurboSnailTurboSnail Posts: 1,668 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited October 16, 2017 12:09PM

    To older collectors - 18 and over applies to human age not coins.

    To young collectors- No ! it's not a mint error!

    To dealers - It's okay to wear suit.

    To mass-market sellers- Please stop returning those EU sets already...

    To the U.S. Mint leadership - Make the OGP smaller not bigger!

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    messydeskmessydesk Posts: 19,684 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Older collectors: Teach people about your hobby, and it's not just kids that can be brought into it. Don't emphasize making money and how valuable stuff is. Put a lid on the "good ol' days" stories that just make newcomers feel like they missed out.

    Younger collectors: Seek out good information, learn about more than just the coin. Developing both breadth and depth of knowledge will make you a well-balanced numismatist and an interesting collector with more potential to interest others in your hobby.

    Dealers: The reason you will fail yourselves and the hobby is because you're just interested in a bottom line, not developing a future base of customers. It may take a bit more effort to nurture newcomers, but it is very easy to turn them off permanently.

    Mass-market sellers (TV and shiny magazine ads?): Everyone in the know sees you as a pox on the hobby preying on the uninitiated. Prove them wrong.

    US Mint: People pay huge amounts of markup for your product and they'll most likely lose it if they ever sell. Put some money behind getting people to collect intelligently rather than just reacting to your latest brochure.

    Any reason an audience of grading services was left out?

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    SteveBellSteveBell Posts: 58 ✭✭✭

    @TurboSnail said:
    To older collectors - You are missing out all the fun if you only collect coins that are older than your ex -girlfriends.

    To young collectors- No ! it's not an mint error!

    To dealers - It's okay to wear suit.

    To mass-market sellers- Please stop returning those EU sets already...

    To the U.S. Mint leadership - Make the OGP smaller not bigger!

    Not a mint error!That cracked me up!

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    ElmerFusterpuckElmerFusterpuck Posts: 4,627 ✭✭✭✭✭

    To older collectors - stop looking down on social media as an avenue for collecting.
    To young collectors - pick up as much knowledge as you can before jumping into bigger ticket items
    To dealers - no customer really wants to hear your rants on crooked government and why we need to go back to the gold standard.
    To mass-market sellers - Stop with the nonsense items, see below.
    To the U.S. Mint leadership - Stop with the nonsense items, see above.

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    BillDugan1959BillDugan1959 Posts: 3,821 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited October 16, 2017 2:00PM

    What about a 'bump' to educators?

    Specifically, educators can't create the "spark" that causes a person to have a passion for coins (or anything else). Educators can't create the "spark" that sets off an individual's quest for knowledge.

    Educators can introduce persons who do have the "spark" to a mental framework(s) for clearer thoughts, and to the books and other informational resources that will make a passionate person better informed, but usually (as in 'almost never'), the 'educators' can't create the spark.

    Spark, spark, spark.

    No spark? No passion? Then there will be no quest.

    An 'educator' is a bit of a conceit in the modern world. A good teacher is a form of catalyst, not a part of the chemical reaction.

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    dpooledpoole Posts: 5,940 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited October 17, 2017 8:26AM

    To older collectors: --Don't forget: you're supposed to ENJOY this stuff.
    To younger collectors: --See what I did? Don't do that!
    To dealers: --It's better to have repeat business than to make a one-time killing.
    To mass-market sellers: --Get a job that makes it easier for you to look in the mirror.
    To the U.S. Mint leadership: --Kindly re-read the story about the Goose that Laid the Golden Egg.

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    ldhairldhair Posts: 7,121 ✭✭✭✭✭

    To the US Mint: Stop ticking off collectors.

    Larry

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    rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I will not try to improve on the great posts above, certainly enough recommendations already given. I did get a chuckle out of "To young collectors- No ! it's not an mint error!" from TurboSnail.... :D:D Cheers, RickO

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