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28 Jan 2021

The US Mint, Celebrating...Trees?!

World Mint Exchange | coinfodder

And no, this isn't clickbait. So sit back, relax, and let me usher in the new era where we jump on David Ryder with a new president in the White House.



On January 20th, 2021, Steve Mnuchin, with the transition of power in the US government, had his term ended. The geeky guy would go home and enjoy a good retirement. But this left his appointee, David Ryder the Donkey boy, with no support in the government. But, Ryder is still in there. And several days ago, he issued one of the biggest blunders yet- celebrating the life of a tree.



OK, the US Mint is supposed to commemorate the points of the 1st amendment (why no 2nd amendment?). This would be represented by 5 years of over-the-top expensive platinum coin, each one almost the exact same. An acorn, and sapling, a baby tree. How original. Some may say this is not that bad, and this shows a journey of a tree through the rights. Well, this is the mighty drop-off for the field of numismatics. In 2018, the Mint, under David Motl, introduced a series of coins, after the massively successful Preamble of the Constitution Series, a trilogy of coins celebrating the three unalienable rights, from the Declaration of Independence- Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness, with I joked would be a Liberty, who would be high on a certain foreign substance (Stumpy, maybe a grass from our trip through the states). This series was a hit, but then was handed off to Ryder as Trump appointed Ryder. Ryder didn't have a chance to screw the series up, as much of the design work and series outline was already done. He let Justin Kunz, do his thing, and do a good job. The three designs are below in the photos. Compare them to the trees.



Now compare it to the trees. See the massive drop-off in creativity? The trees are supposed to represent, briefly, the five liberties in the Bill of Rights (in the first amendment) that couldn't be challenged by anyone. This is followed on the bottom with a saying, "Liberty..." (you fill in the blanks). If you are buying these at the mint's ever inflating price, you should notice that the tree is growing to a full adult. David Ryder, what have you done? I would of appreciated something more original, something with more design, with more flavor. Something like both Preamble series that have been done in the past. This new series is OK, and it could be better.



So what are your thoughts? See you later!

Comments

Kurisu

Level 4

Lol! I enjoy perspective!!! Put it this way...do you absolutely love every painting when you go into a museum?! Well it's likely someone loves every single one you don't...or at least finds it fascinating for some reason or another, just like the museum's curator likely did. :-) I can tell you for sure that there are some coins I wasn't very fond of...until I had them in-hand. They then grew on me, or instantly I began to love them!!!

CentSearcher

Level 5

I think they are nice looking coins, but I do agree there were a lot of other really important and significant things that they should of made a commemorative for first. Well, thanks for informing me!

Mike

Level 7

If I said it once I have said every chance I get. Ryder has to go. That simple. He has destroyed the kids interest in coins and the prices the treasury department has put on these for the sake of calling them coins has turned the old timers away. These designers have know . . The coins are boring to say the least. Well I will send another email. What about you!!

Stumpy

Level 5

Coinfodder, I applaud your blog, now if only I could remember what state that was a road trip would be in order! ROFL, Nuff Said!

Golfer

Level 5

Only platinum coins to me are just for an investment in platinum and not the design. I have a few silver 1 ounce coins from around the world. When silver goes up there only bullion and not a collectible for the mintage or beauty. Same with platinum. I may buy them, but there going to be melted if the price is right.

TheNumisMaster

Level 5

HAHA! Well written blog. Thanks!

Longstrider

Level 6

If I had the money to buy four platinum coins I wouldn't buy these. One ounce bars. I like the designs but one is enough. How about silver and gold. Might as well start to make them in a clad as well. Maybe more people would get involved. Thanks🐍 What does Donkey boy mean? Never heard it.

coinfodder

Level 5

Ryder looks like a donkey. Literally. Read Stumpy's latest anti-Ryder post.

I. R. Bama

Level 5

Actually if you look at American coins from colonial to current coins, quite a few have had trees or oak leaves, which is one of our frequently seen images on our coinage . The most recent example would be the Connecticut state quarter

coinfodder

Level 5

Yes. I believe that is correct. They just didn't need to do five trees in a row. Just my thoughts.

I. R. Bama

Level 5

One would think there would a coin for all the bill of rights especially the second amendment.

walking liberty

Level 4

Holy crap those are stupid. I agree with you why not a second amendment coin because that has not been on a coin yet. also don't we have a coin with a tree on it? (the 1935 Connecticut half dollar) Well, ima make a design for a 2nd amendment coin and send it to the mint and hopefully, they see it and approve it.

walking liberty

Level 4

thanks

coinfodder

Level 5

Good luck

I. R. Bama

Level 5

Politics aside, I find these designs to be aesthetically pleasing. Only Platinum, no silver or gold.... That disappoints me. But we collect what we like.

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