In a more traditional numismatic hobby promotion vein is the "Great American Coin Hunt" planned for this April. Here's an excerpt
from a February 19, 2019 Coin Update article. -Editor
Two months from now, in late April 2019, the Great American Coin Hunt is planned to launch as part of National Coin Week. Initially, the Great
American Coin Hunt started as an idea formed between several coin dealers, but has since evolved into a viral, grassroots campaign that has taken off
in the online numismatic community with tens of thousands of enthusiasts planning to participate in the phenomenon. The plan urges hundreds of coin
dealers and collectors to drop over one million vintage and collectible coins back into circulation in the United States in an effort to generate
renewed interest into the hobby to demographics that have previously been untapped. Coins and notes planned to be released include Buffalo nickels,
Ike dollars, Wheat cents, Silver Certificates, five and 10-dollar blue and red seals - and more. These desirable numismatic treasures will be
gracing venues ranging from grocery stores to restaurants from April 21, 2019, to April 27, 2019.
While this idea is not considered completely novel, as it has already been discussed for decades among collectors and dealers who have already
implemented similar programs on the local level, the scale of the drop in the Great American Coin Hunt is on a whole different level. It is being
called "the biggest coin drop in American history." Managers at banks, restaurants, gas stations, and grocery stores will be crucial in the
plan to distribute the coins effectively, but everyday participants are also encouraged to distribute coins into high-traffic areas like malls and
airports and to eschew using digital forms of payment for the entirety of the event week. Organizers also plan to release an undisclosed amount of
specially marked coins which can be redeemed for genuine numismatic rarities at participating coin shops across the United States. Companies
participating in the Great American Coin Hunt will be displayed on the event's website, with companies pledging more coins getting a more
prominent spot on the site's listings.
Organizers explain that to avoid the chance of losing a key or semi-key date coin forever, they will be distributing a limited amount of vintage
coins with hologram stickers on them. Treasure hunters will be able to take these coins to their local participating RAD dealer, which will be listed
on the website of the Great American Coin Hunt. That dealer can trade that stickered coin for a true rare coin with a listed Red Book value of up to
$100. The dealer would have the choice and would cover the cost of the giveaway.
To read the complete article, see:
Numismatics goes viral in the
United States: The coming Great American Coin Hunt
For more information, the Great American Coin Hunt web site:
Wayne Homren, Editor
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