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Community Voice Response: June 30, 2020

From the June 4 Numismatic News e-Newsletter

What type of content would you like to see in Numismatic News that isn’t currently included?

Here are some answers sent from our e-newsletter readers.

I would like to see a regular feature about building a typeset on a budget. Maybe regularly pick a coin and see what can be purchased for $200-$300. The best condition, the rarest or the one with the best story. For example, for Liberty nickels you could look at nice uncirculated or low grade 1885 or even a proof or the racketeer gold-plated version.

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A consistent series of “Coin Celebrants,” emphasizing various common-day hobbyists who enjoy numismatics and are remote from the elites or nationally known numismatists.

Also, what’s happening at and with local coin clubs, the grassroots, “in the trenches” of our hobby, again remote from national or big-time events.

Plus, a reference to literature, published books and references, websites and such. It could be a short summary that might offer assistance or open doors to various numismatic pursuits.

Michael S. Turrini
Vallejo, Calif.

I’ve suggested in emails that your publication pose hard-hitting questions to so-called experts in the arena of numismatics by having a piece called “The Interview.” This is where you could get people from the Mint to answer thousands of questions. Or, how about folks from NGC and PCGS where they could explain how, of all things, they claim to be neutral in the coin world? Making billions of dollars isn’t exactly neutral, is it? Numismatic News could be much better by devoting more space to the collectors than to advertisements from dealers. Forget the price lists, they are not accurate and they do not show all of the relevant coinage. Hire some journalists!

Steve McGowan
Algonac, Mich.

Articles about local collectible items, pertaining specifically to banks during the early 1900s that gave out items as gifts. Plus, articles that explain the origin of the Love Token and how much time was spent carving them.

Carl Hornburger
Hampton, Va.

I would like to see a bigger classified section.

Conner Hopfer
Salem, Ore.

I would like to see a Canada price list. It could be once a year or every six months.

Ken Siuda
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