United States Mint plans hobby forum for Oct. 13 in Philadelphia

Officials seek to create renewed interest in coins
By , Coin World
Published : 08/09/16
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In an effort to expand and reinvigorate the numismatic hobby, U.S. Mint Principal Deputy Director Rhett Jeppson will host a one-day numismatic forum Oct. 13 in Philadelphia.

Complete details will be disclosed in the coming weeks, according to Tom Jurkowsky, director of the Mint’s Office of Corporation Communications.

“It’s no secret that the numismatic hobby is declining,” Jurkowsky said. “We want to explore and try to find new ways to stimulate interest in coin collecting.”

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In 2017, the U.S. Mint will celebrate its 225th anniversary, Jurkowsky said, noting that the bureau’s existence is rooted in the U.S. Constitution.

“We think this is the appropriate time to look at how we can move the hobby forward and create renewed interest,” Jurkowsky said. “We want to look at the past, present and future and what it’s going to take.

“Coins connect and touch people. They provide links to our country’s financial fabric. Coins are metallic footprints of our nation’s history.”

Jurkowsky said it is hopeful the forum will generate significant ideas for how interest and pride in our nation’s coinage can be expanded and enhanced. 

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