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An Idea for a Column in the Numismatist; Is it stretching the Limit too much?

The Numismatist is a scholarly, informative publication. The articles are dripping with knowledge, even the humor section.However, do YOU think the ANA would consider a monthly column that featured a page/ half page by a submission from a YN member? A "Young Numismatist" column, so to speak. The way I see it, it would be beneficial as it would offer more oppurtunities for younger writers to have their voice in a legitimate publication, and, because it is a YN section, it would make it a bit easier for it to happen. In other words, it would be good because young numismatists get a chance to be published in a big magazine. But, the potential problems I see are that theoritically, the quality may or may not be of that of a experienced writer, which may not mesh with the ANA's traditional columns and articlesSo, what do YOU, the reader, think?Is it a case of "great idea to give kids a chance, and a creative way to bring some young blood into a very small section of an educational publication" or more of "It will just degenerate the magazine, if the kid's writings were worth publishing in it, then it wouldn't be a problem doing it the way everyone else normally does"I'm contemplating putting further inquiry into this, and reaching out to the appropriate staff at the ANA, so I would love your inputThanks,LWH

1 month ago

The more YN can participate the better. Dont they have a section for YN already? The section could be anything related to YN. Just a meet and greet section for YN to submit who they are and coins they collect would be awesome. Just think of the excitement of YN knowing they have been acknowledged in a coin publication! 

1 month ago

I do not see any reason why the editors would not consider the idea of a YN column in The Numismatist.  The YNs are just as much part of the ANA community as anyone else.  There are no second-class members.  So, just as there are different regular columns for a variety of interests ranging from history to exonumia to counterfeits and even humor, I see no reason why a column for the YN niche should not have some consideration.
It is not any supposed quality of the content that makes a publication, but rather the appeal and relevance that content holds for its constituency.

1 month ago

I think that is an excellent idea.  Maybe Sam Gelberd can lobby the editorial staff and make it so.

1 month ago

thank you all for your most valuable input

1 month ago

Sounds like a good idea to me. Kind of surprising they don't have one already. It must be a well written and well researched, and sourced article. No short cuts.

1 month ago

This is why the Your Newsletter exists - it's the outlet we provide for YNs to submit their literary contributions. If you feel you have something worthy of inclusion, please visit the following page on our website: https://www.money.org/young-numismatists/your-newsletter          (If you want to know about getting something published in The Numismatist, contact them directly: magazine@money.org)    -Sam Gelberd, ANA Numsimatic Educator

1 month ago

@Numinerd9

I would personally disagree with your assessment, Mr. Gelberd.  The YNs are not in any way a second class of membership.  In my view, the Your Newsletter exists as an outreach exclusive to YNs in order to promote their involvement in numismatics.  There is absolutely no reason why there would be any exclusion of their participation in the main publication of our association. 


Even if one has no interest in exonumia, counterfeits, humor, or a history lesson, those subjects appear as monthly columns in our publication to help educate and broaden the association's constituents' understanding of their fellow members.

How can one possibly educate and mentor a group of people that they do not intimately know?  And how is that group going to become intimate with the rest of the membership when they are hidden away in their own playroom?  As I have said before, the YNs are just as much part of the ANA community as anyone else.  And their interests and conversation should have the opportunity to be shared if they are willing to be open and do so with the rest of us through The Numismatist.

I do thank you, however, for pointing the OP to the email address for contacting The Numismatist directly.  Yet, I would in no way discourage the YNs from wanting to "sit at the adult table" as is their right as members of the ANA.  Such an endeavor can be seen as nothing less than yet another step in their climb to reach into all things numismatic.

1 month ago

The fact YNs have a newsletter is not the point here, what is being advocated, is a dedicated page or two in the Numismatists where YNs can tell their story and be visible to the rest of us.  I like that idea a lot and I don't think it involves individual YNs contacting the editor.  It involves the Editor set aside a space in every issue and soliciting articles or thoughts or whatever.  Here's an article idea, brief interview with former YNs of the Year to see how their lives are unfolding.  Here's an idea, those contests that are run periodically having winning YN entries published in the Numismatist.   They are by no means second class members, they are our future and we all need to ensure their voices are heard.  

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