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12 Jul 2018

Ideas #1-5 For The ANA

Young Numismatists Exchange | user_86205

1) ANA Apparel.  Think about it. What better way is there to promote the American Numismatic Association than to have thousands of people walking around with their shirt?  I don't know of a better one.  The ANA should sell their t-shirts online and the profit could go toward funding basic building bills, shipping items, more numismatic resources, and so much more. I think that most if not all the members would buy gear from the ANA. I know that I would.

2) Online Library. Sadly, many people don't live close enough to use the American Numismatic Association library on a regular basis. Members are spread out all over the country. As they have made it possible for books to be shipped, today's prices of mailing items are extremely pricey. An online library will be used by all members, regardless of location.  Through the online librarybooks could be borrowed from planes, car trips, or on a regular day anywhere. It would let all Young Numismatics the chance to have a book to review for YN dollars too.

3) YN Dollars For Completing Activities. I think another thing that should be added to the large list of ways to earn Young Numismatic dollars, is dollars awarded  for completing the Dollar Project, Early American Coin Project, Ancient Coin Project, or any similar programs later added. This way, there are more ways to earn dollars if you live farther away from American Numismatic Association headquarters, or another way to gain dollars if you live close by. Young Numismatics are always seeking new opportunities to gain more ANA dollars.

4) Advertisement For The Annual Auction. I know one very common question rookie YNs ask is what is the annual auction. I feel like more intel should be given, explaining the estimation on the number of lots, how it is run, how long of an auction,  and more info on what goes on during the auction. The American Numismatic Association needs to better promote and encourage more and more YN to participate in the auction. This could help achieve the goal of having more and more participation in the annual auction as well as monthly auctions.

5)  Electronic Coin Collection. Young Numismatics would all enjoy having the opportunity to create an online collection. At each level that a YN or any member passes, they should get points to buy virtual coins at a online coin store. Young Numismatics could get grading practice by buying an ungraded coin. They would then add each coin they get to their own, personal collection unique to them.  This could be another thing to keep numismatics busy throughout the year. The coins used would not be real, just online pictures.

If you have any other great suggestions, created a similar blog, or agreed with any idea listed above, please comment below.   More to come in the future.

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Prodigy Coins

Level 4

Okay, I know this blog is old, I mean, I am writing this in February 2020, and there's a good chance no one will even see this. I just wanted to say when I searched "American Numismatic Association Apparel" to see if such a thing even existed, a direct link to this blog came up. I clicked it, and here I am.

user_86205

Level 3

I do have one question though Numinerd9. Where can I find information for the YourNewsletter? I have looked online, but haven't been able to find a way to subscribe.

user_86205

Level 3

Thanks!

Numinerd9

Level 5

Info about the Your Newsletter can be found on this website at the following address: https://www.money.org/young-numismatists/your-newsletter

user_86205

Level 3

Thanks for commenting Numinerd9.

Numinerd9

Level 5

3) YN Dollars For Completing Activities. I think another thing that should be added to the large list of ways to earn Young Numismatic dollars, is dollars awarded for completing the Dollar Project, Early American Coin Project, Ancient Coin Project, or any similar programs later added. This way, there are more ways to earn dollars if you live farther away from American Numismatic Association headquarters, or another way to gain dollars if you live close by. Young Numismatics are always seeking new opportunities to gain more ANA dollars. I firmly believe we've been rather generous in providing numerous ways for our YNs to earn YN Dollars, and I've even added some new categories since last year. However, the projects you mention already involve numismatic awards for completing certain tasks in the numismatic community, so I wouldn't plan on us adding the completion of these projects as a viable way to earn YN$ (it's not exactly the same thing, but it really would be like trying to use a coupon at a store for something already on sale. I sincerely hope you understand why we don't award YN$ for completing these projects.) 4) Advertisement For The Annual Auction. I know one very common question rookie YNs ask is what is the annual auction. I feel like more intel should be given, explaining the estimation on the number of lots, how it is run, how long of an auction, and more info on what goes on during the auction. The American Numismatic Association needs to better promote and encourage more and more YN to participate in the auction. This could help achieve the goal of having more and more participation in the annual auction as well as monthly auctions. All any YN needs to do is subscribe to the "YourNewsletter" e-mails, and examine the YN Auction page on the website to familiarize their self with the catalog/lots and the process (the 2018 catalog should be posted very soon, if not already!) It is always been 100 basic lots, with a gold coin being right in the middle (we've added 10 more grab bag lots at the end in the last couple of years.) I gladly welcome any inquiries from any/every YN regarding the process if they are unsure about any aspect of this annual auction - the first few pages of the catalog each year go over some of the basic parameters/rules (yet most people have a tendency to ignore the forwards/prefaces of most books, so I can hardly be held accountable if no one bothers to read them.) I agree, I'd love to have more YNs participate, but forcing such participation would likely have a negative impact on creating more life-long collectors, IMHO. We do promote the annual auction quite a bit, and it primarily stays within our circle of YNs, as you must be an active ANA member to participate (therefore, it'd be rather pointless to advertise it much anywhere else outside of the ANA.) Thank you very much for your input and comments about the ANA's YN Dollars and annual YN Auction! Please feel free to contact me directly if you have any other questions regarding these matters, or anything else related to the ANA, our YN programs, or the hobby in general. -Sam Gelberd, Numismatic Educator (sgelberd@money.org)

Quite some good ideas, I myself have lots of questions regarding the annual YN auction.

Kepi

Level 6

Some good ideas here! I would love to see an on-line gift shop to purchase items from the ANA.

Longstrider

Level 6

I think you need to become part of corporate governing board. That way you could more effectively work to implement your ideas. Thank you.

CoinLady

Level 6

The ANA used to send a catalog w/merchandise...books, shirts, souvenirs. Haven't seen it in a long time.

Mike

Level 7

I'm sorry I did forget they changed th rules for dollars last year. I doubt very much they will do it again.

Mike

Level 7

There are 127,000 books. I don't think it would be cost effective. Many of us call companies and tell them we don't want people to now we collect coins. The reason is theft. It has happened. They lean in the classroom hands on with books it much more effective. Everyone know about the annual auction. They can't wait we et letters asking us to donate coins for it. These are all good ideas they have been proposed before. You keep on thinking you might come across a good one. Thanks for these but understand there railways thinking also. It's in great shape now. Thanks for your idea's. Keep them coming.

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