From the Mar. 24 Numismatic News E-Newsletter:
Will a U.S palladium bullion coin with a Mercury dime obverse design be popular?
Here are some answers sent from our e-newsletter readers to Editor Dave Harper.
Regardless of the precious metal used, it will be the design that sells this item. Yes, you read me right. This is a different slant than my usual rhetoric. I still think palladium will have an effect on value, even through time.
Berkel en Rodenrijs, Netherlands
No, let this be an opportunity to showcase an American value like one of the four freedoms or a fresh rendition of Lady Liberty.
A palladium coin? Probably not.
Palladium isn’t a typical metal for coinage, unlike gold, silver, copper and, to a small extent, platinum. There’s no real history behind it and it’s just not sexy.
I believe that the price of palladium will be too high for most collectors to purchase. Right now it’s over $900 per once and is suppose to go higher. I say no, it’s a waste of time and medal.
Bob D. Allen
It seems that the Mint does not care about the average collector and continues to find a way to produce high-priced coins.
I hope so.
It will be very popular with those who can afford them. The Mint will offer collector versions to lure in those who can scrape up enough cash to own one.
Not for me. Nice design but tired. Different reverse design might help.
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