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The E-Sylum:  Volume 10, Number 6, February 11, 2007, Article 12

NUMISMATIC FUTURIST WANTED

Dick Johnson writes: "As a numismatist, can you recognize current
trends and project how these events will effect the future, particularly
in regard to the coins of the future and all the related particulars?
How will coins of the future be designed? How manufactured? How collected?
What is the future for circulating coins and coin collecting? How
intuitive are you? Can you see into the numismatic future?

"I am looking for a co-author. I have a 22-page outline of a projected
book on the future of American coins. I am seeking a numismatic visionary
who can add additional insight, balance to some of my own ideas, and add
some of their own. I see this book could guide, perhaps, a lot of the
actions of the Treasury Department, U.S. Mint, the Mintís Engraving
Department, the choice of numismatic items to be marketed by the Mint,
in addition to a guide for major numismatic organizations. Perhaps even
some suggestions for the U.S. Congress itself to enact creative and
innovative legislation.

"I am not looking for anyone studying price trends. The views to be
included in this book must be more basic, more to the core of any
future numismatic activity. If you lived 50 or 100 years from now,
what would you recommend to those of us living now to be done to achieve
the advances in the field that are sure to come about. Dream a little.
Think a lot. Write it down.

"Royalties from the sale of the book are to be split. Donít worry
about getting the book published. But do contemplate what you perceive
will be the future of coins and collecting and what is your basis for
these opinions.

"Please, no employee of the Treasury Department, no member of the
Citizens Coin Advisory Committee, or the previous CCCAC (although you
would make an ideal candidate, perhaps). I am seeking an independent
thinker and writer without any official blinders, restrictions or
"group-think mentality." ("It canít be done" should not be in our
vocabulary.)

"Write me a letter. As a test, tell me if you feel the cent coin will
be -- or should be -- eliminated. [And if you think the cent should be
eliminated, tell me when Ė Think like a Futurist!] Write any length,
half page, or more. For the co-author I choose, we will exchange Letters
of Intent, a formal contract will come later. Dick Johnson, 139 Thompson
Drive, Torrington, CT 06790.  Inquire by email if you wish but send
the letter by hard copy. dick.johnson@snet.net"

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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