The U.S. Mint’s Principal Deputy Director, Rhett Jeppson, invited me and over 50 public members to attend a Numismatic Forum on Oct. 13, 2016, at the Federal Reserve Bank in Philadelphia. We later toured privately the U.S. Mint, the most visited tourist attraction in Philadelphia. The purpose of the meeting was, in their words, “to gather leaders and stakeholders of the numismatic community to explore ways to stimulate and revitalize the hobby.” With the 225th anniversary of the U.S. Mint approaching next April, Mr. Jeppson saw a unique opportunity to examine and discuss the Mint’s past, present and future.
At the forum, we heard from Associate Director Jon J. Cameron on bullion and coin studies, Robert I. Goler, PhD, on his role in being the U.S. Mint curator, and Ellen Feingold, curator of the National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History,Â discussing new and exciting exhibits and programs at the Smithsonian. If you are ever in Washington, D.C., I strongly encourage you to visit this illuminating exhibit, where I am honored as a major sponsor and proponent.
Along with four other numismatic associates, I was fortunate to have lunch with the director, including some valuable one-on-one time with him. Jeppson’s background in the U.S. Marine Corps is impressive, having served as a Platoon Commander, Executive Officer and Battalion Staff Officer in conflicts ranging from Operation Desert Storm in Iraq to Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. He later served as an Operations Officer responsible for exercises and operations in Southwest Asia and the Horn of Africa. After the attacks on America on Sept. 11, 2001, Jeppson was recalled to service in the U.S. Marine Corps and was later assigned as Chief of Current Operations, […]