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Founder of Franklin Mint dies

Read in a Coinweek posting that Joseph M. Segal died on December 21st. Segal founded The Franklin Mint back in 1965. For those of us old enough to remember, the Franklin Mint filled the void left by the U.S. Mint when silver was removed from circulating coinage, along with proof coinage, for a brief period. But they really excelled in medallic art, and provided the closest thing to commemoratives. I recall a ton of stuff struck during the 1976 bicentennial, and most of it good. Unfortunately a lot of FM stuff tanked when silver spiked in 1980 and was melted at a profit. Apparently Segal went on to form the QVC shopping network in 1986, which I never knew. 

17 days ago

Interesting. In ever knew about the QVC deal either. Rest In Peace Mr. Segal. I would wager that most here or their parents or grandparents bought something from F.M..

17 days ago

I am not old to remember how the franklin Mint began, but I do see many of their products, my favorite of them being the presidential toke boards that stop at Nixon. Quite sad to hear that he has died.

14 days ago

I bought a lot of Franklin Mint world sets in the day, they had particularly nice sets from Barbados.  There quality was excellent but I think they went to far afield with other "collectibles".  RIP Mr. Segal!!!

12 days ago

I like some of the work the Franklin Mint did on coinage for foreign countries.

12 days ago
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