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The E-Sylum: Volume 3, Number 2, January 9, 2000, Article 10


In an interview in the January 4, 2000 issue of Numismatic News, U.S. Mint Director Philip N. Diehl remarks:

"I very much want to see a new home for American numismatics. What I'm really talking about here is a visitor's center and/or museum here in Washington, D.C., that pays tribute to the American coin collector and to numismatics…

There has been a lot of talk about the National Numismatic Collection and the fact that there hasn't been a great deal invested in it over the last several years. We have been talking to the Smithsonian about the possibility of entering into an agreement that would allow the Mint to take a more active role in that collection."

The new Mint headquarters building was designed to have a visitor's center on the ground floor. It would be an interesting turn of events to see part of the collection come full circle and return to the Mint, where it was started (albeit in Philadelphia, not Washington). Having driven past the building this spring while it was under construction, I can attest to the fact that it is a substantial structure, located at the edge of Washington's Chinatown, with plenty of restaurants nearby.

Wayne Homren, Editor

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