Dick Johnson submitted these notes on the latest product
catalog from the United States Mint. -Editor -Editor The United
States Mint's 16-page 2008 Gift Catalog arrived in my mailbox this week as
it did to perhaps eight million other customers of our nation's coin
factory. It showcases a plethora of current offerings in blazing color
with professional photography and layout. Good job. Here are some of my
candidates for awards:
All in all, nice
catalog! I can't wait to get my order in.
- Best Bargain Award in my mind is the 2008 Uncirculated coin
set of 28 coins ($13.82 face) for only $9.13 voguish above face (page 5,
item UD8). Includes five denominations from two mints with all the State
quarters and President dollars issued in the current year. Really! 28
- Most Dramatic Award is the illustration for the Saint-Gaudens
double eagle in double thickness in double high relief which will be
offered in 2009. At double the price of gold? Can't say yet. "Price to
be determined." (All precious metal items are not priced, call or visit
- Just Learned The Terms Award goes to Director Edmund C. Moy,
who defined the terms "proof" and "uncirculated" for us in his letter
shown on page 2. Just learned what these meant, Ed?
- Most Popular Coin Shown Award is Fraser's Indian and bison
design which is shown 27 times on pages 6 and 7. In gold.
- Photo Accessory Award goes to the photographer of page 12/13
who shows a Bureau of the Mint bag of 1906 along with a plaster model
Andrew Jackson's dollar coin obverse of 1908. Please don't start
collecting Mint bags (or ordering this one) -- the Mint is trying to
sell 2008 Presidential coins.
- Stretching the Last Possible Profit Award goes to the Mint's
sales department for offering State quarters in philatellic-numismatic
covers or with statehood stamps, or with mashed dies that struck the
quarters in the first place. (Next year's offer: genuine cufflink of the
State's Governor with each State quarter.)
Wayne Homren, Editor
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