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07 Oct 2019

Numismatic book reviews.

Collecting Tips | JudeA

I noticed when I went on the ANA member blog that 3 people had done reviews of the same 4 books. The books were,A Kids Guide to Collecting Coins by Arlyn G. Sieber,Coin Collecting for Kids by Steve Otfinoski,A Guide Book of United States Coins 2019 by RS Yeoman, andThe Coin Collector’s Survival Manual The 7th Edition by Scott A. Travers. I think this might have been one YN that wanted to get lots of YN dollars, so he made multiple accounts to different addresses. It might have also been some of a YN's friends. This isn't why the ANA does the YN dollars program. They do it so YN's can learn, while having an opportunity to get cool coins. Sam, if you see this blog, please look in to these blogs, and if they are by the same person please do not reward YN dollars to these people. Thank you all YN's who actually do the YN dollars program correctly.

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Mike

Level 7

Just what I said on top. I tell every yn the ANA watches and they know what you do. The ANA builds Charater. Makes you a better collector. I say listen to those who do nothing and that's what you will learn. Do it for yourself. You can't say you were never warned.I feel bad that Sam had to write this.. But it had to be said.

Numinerd9

Level 5

Hi Jude. I totally understand and respect the reasoning behind this post. Not that it's anything that should be cause for concern, but respectfully, please rest assured that these similar book reviews came from a family of four different YNs - all four of them are dues paying members in good standing, and have done nothing wrong. However, I have finally gotten to the point now where I have no choice but to share (rant?) something uncomfortable for our website-contributing YNs: The overall creativity in the writing/posts by our YNs recently is sorely lacking. Sorry, not sorry guys, but it's hard to turn off teacher mode. Please challenge yourselves, YNs - Don't ever be afraid to really "think" about what it is you're writing and putting out into this world!! The writings/posts you put out there say a LOT about who you are as a person - so what exactly is it that you would like people to think about you? I know these posts aren't school work or for a grade, but man, lately, y'all have me thinking, "Do any of our YNs even proofread their writing before it's uploaded? - Rough drafts, anyone?!?" Your writing is a reflector to the rest of the world of what is going on inside your head. I know you are all still young - you're YNs! But if you are really reading, and I mean seriously reading - not just your eyes passing over words in a book, while thinking about other stuff - but actually, READING these books, please give me and your readers/fellow bloggers something/anything more substantive of a review to enjoy, and maybe even encourage us to read these books - please stretch your minds - if not for the rest of us, at least do it for your own personal growth as a writer!!! (There, I said it. And always remember this, kiddos - As has been posted on our website, I still reserve the right to withhold awarding YN$ for any activity that is deemed unworthy, and I do my best to judge this based largely on your age; the caliber of your writing needs to be age appropriate. I may be bit strict in this regard, but I'm anything but unfair.) This flurry of activity is nothing new for some YNs who make blog posts on this website. I've noticed many YNs act like most adults tend to do around the start of a new year. They'll always pledge/resolve to live better in a new year, especially regarding their health. So they'll start going to the gym and are so 'dedicated' to working out, and promptly forget all about it a couple of months later when 'life' gets in the way and excuses take over. Some of our YNs are just like that - Right after the big YN Auction each year, they'll start firing off several book reviews and blog posts, hoping to get as many YN$ as possible for next time, until they get too busy to bother with it... ... until they start seeing e-mails in the summer, reminding them of the impending annual auction again. It happens every year, without fail. But to get back to the point of my reply and to allay any fears of impropriety, Jude - No, all of these book reviews were not the product of just ONE YN. One last thing if I may: All I humbly ask is for ALL of our members to please try to have even just a little bit of faith in my/the ANA's abilities to weed out any YN who might be up to something sneaky. I grew up in some rough neighborhoods on the South Side of Chicago, and I used to be a middle school teacher in South Florida - I'm certainly not saying this to challenge any of you YNs out there, to try and get something past me, but with some of the background knowledge and experiences I've had, I sincerely do NOT recommend any you to try to, 'pull the wool over my/the ANA's eyes' - it will likely not end well for you; trust and believe. (And for the record, YES I run every bit of writing that our YNs submit for eligible YN$ through no less than three different online plagiarism checkers - EVERYTHING! Absolutely no YN out there gets, or will ever get credit for anything copied that they may try to pass off as their own work. Plagiarism is a very serious crime and will NEVER be tolerated here. Sure, non-creative writing isn't a crime the way plagiarism is, but it surely never speaks well for anyone who does it.) With all of that being said, I hope we can all please just move on with our happy numi-lives and PLEASE YN's - going forward, let's start seeing some better, well-thought out book reviews and blog posts - all year long! Some of you truly do a wonderful job at this, so I am definitely not accusing all of our YNs of 'less than stellar work,' but ALL of our YNs need to keep in mind that in this hobby, just as it is with coins/money in your collection, the QUALITY of your writing shines a whole heck of a lot brighter than a vast QUANTITY of mediocre posts. I have no problem AWARDING YN Dollars to any YN for performing an eligible activity, but in the ANA Education Department, we are not fans of just "giving" ANYONE anything at all without a reason - Always remember what Tom Hank's character said while, Saving Private Ryan in the movie by the same name - "Earn this!" -Sam Gelberd, ANA Numismatic Educator.

Longstrider

Level 6

Wow! This is really something. I think you may have been holding back for a bit. All this is great to read. I know for a fact that some of us ON's, I just made that up "Old Numi's" , have been holding back on donations to the auctions due to such poor blogs. Now we can all start preforming to our abilities. I am including myself in this. I try to do well always but I can probably do better. Us ON's should set a good example. That's enough from me. Thanks Sam for setting us all straight.

TheBoss

Level 4

Yes, those people ought to be kicked out of ANA. Why do YNs like doing stupid things like the Jonas Coins kid and those multiple review accounts? Shame on them!

"SUN"

Level 6

Good blog. I always wonder, if these people actually read the books. I don't write as many comments on books reviews because of this. Some of these bloggers don't even comment on other blogs.

It's Mokie

Level 6

Best to just ignore those kind of postings. I don't even have a desire to read them.

Prodigy Coins

Level 4

I noticed this too- thank you for saying something JudeA.

Mike

Level 7

I'm glad you noticed. Don't worry Sam will see them. See what I mean people notice what people do to get those lousy points

I noticed this too yesterday-and that at least 2 sets of reviews were completely identical.

Longstrider

Level 6

Well said. I am happy to hear a YN say this. On this deal though, I thought it was a brother and sister thing. We'l l see. I hope so...Thanks.

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