Take notice, coal miners and family members of coal miners, and anyone, for that matter, who takes interest in where our country is headed and what will become of so many who have been laid off.
The miner, like the silver coin itself, is precious, not to be wasted. A lifetime is a terrible thing to waste. A closer look at the coin reveals much. He holds a pink slip, has just been laid off and stares into space, his face weary and preoccupied, no doubt, with how he will feed and clothe his loved ones. He sits, the weight of the world on his shoulders, gathering in a moment of silence and solitude, outside the entrance to a mine which he knows far too well, before he must face his family, share with them his dilemna, which will affect them, as well. He contemplates the situation at hand. What, he asks, will the future hold? For me? For them?
An exclusive coin to The Bronze Look, LLC located in Southern West Virginia, The Cycle of Coal: Pink Slip was minted in 2014, by Northwest Territorial Mint.
Today is the birthday of the person who inspired the idea behind the making of this coin, Mr. Donald Evans, father of Bronze Look CEO Randolph Evans. When Donald Evans lost his coal-mining job, his son’s life changed abruptly at an early age, and R. Evans’ idea for this coin stemmed from this life-changing childhood experience. Ignoring the typical romantic and idealized subjects of many coins, Evans chose to portray the coal miner in a realistic light, specifically focusing on this significant event in his family’s life. Oddly enough, the coin is relevant to many families today. The silver medal reminds us all of the poor economic state of affairs in 2014 and that Americans everywhere in 2014 are in need of hope and opportunity.
What is your story? What will the coal miner’s story become today? Do you have the answer?