Leading the program is Bob Van Ryzin and his "What’s In the News." He discusses the final 2009 Lincoln Cent Launch Ceremony where the Mint also unveiled the design for next year’s cent. It is still to contain the portrait of Lincoln on the obverse, but will show a Union Shield on its reverse. (See the 2010 Lincoln Cent design.)
Numismatic News Editor Dave Harper talks with Standard Catalog author George Chula about the 2010 penny.
"I think the Union Shields a pretty simple symbol," responds Standard Catalog Author George Cuhaj when asked about his opinion of the reverse design. "I mean simple, as in it gets the point home and it’s not cluttered. I kind of like the design."
"The shield of the United States is a symbol of the union, so I think it works just fine" comments Cuhaj when Harper asks if the coin design conforms to the legislation requiring it to "symbolize the preservation of the American Union."
"Is it good art?" questions Harper.
"It’s simple art," replies Cuhaj. "And for coins, especially coins that are struck in huge quantities on high speed presses, you need simple art. It is not a graphic design, it is sculptural. There’s a relief modulation, so it comes off nice."
The two spend a few minutes discussing the upcoming America the Beautiful Quarter series as well as the State and D.C. and Territorial Quarter series. Past designs are commented on as well as suggestions for future designs. (See candidate 2010 Quarters Designs.)
In closing out the program, Publisher Scott Tappa and Online Editor Lisa Bellavin review the coin market. Several of the coin shows held during the year are discussed along with some new products like the CD version of the Standard Catalog of United States Obsolete Bank Notes 4-CD Set, 1782-1866 and the coin folders recently released. (See ShopNumisMaster.com.)
Tappa makes the following prediction for the upcoming market:
"What we’ve seen this year and what we started to see a year ago at this time was…a market run-up. Just like a lot of different assets would over time, to the point where they were probably over-valued in a lot of cases, and this year has been a correction of that."
"My outlook on things…is that high quality, rare, stunning material will still command a premium, but that common, more easily found, lesser grades, that kind of stuff, probably won’t be headed back on the way up yet."
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