What it Was Like to Volunteer – Suzy

[ image reblogged from commonwealthstampsopinion.blogspot.com ]
[ image reblogged from commonwealthstampsopinion.blogspot.com ]
  In the uppermost part of the UK, forty-seven year old Suzy was one of the volunteers who helped to put the Gruffalo fifty pences into circulation.  Taking time away from being a house-mum, Suzy and her son set off with their coins to play their part in the great coin rebellion!
What area do you live in?  And is this where you distributed your coins?
   ‘My son and I live in village near a town called Coatbridge in North Lanarkshire, Scotland.  We decided to distribute our coins in a Tesco Coinstar machine at Faraday retail park in Coatbridge.’
As a whole, was it fun, was it ‘okay’ or was it downright awful?
   ‘Yes, I would say we had fun putting our Gruffs into circulation.  It was something different and unique.’
Was it difficult to video your coin integration?
  ‘The actual video was a little nerve-wracking to do, especially when you don't make a habit of posting videos of yourself online.  But it only took a couple of minutes and we weren't required to appear in the footage whilst filming – which was a bit of a relief!  It was great to have the choice so we decided to only film the machine, the coins and the donation.  Capturing this process was our evidence of putting our Gruffs into the wild.’
What did it feel like to be part of this unusual publicity stunt?
  ‘Yes it did feel good to be a part of putting unreleased coins into circulation, giving people the chance to find these coins for face value in their everyday change.  I believe in the reasons for this stunt and agree with its purpose.’
What made you volunteer in the first place?
  ‘I volunteered with my son to distribute the coins as we agree with the principles of it all.  It’s wrong how many coins are released and then not put into circulation.  To add these to our collection would mean having to purchase them all.’
What plans do you have for the Gruffalo you received for your services?
  ‘We will be keeping the coin we were given as a thank you, along with several others that we purchased.  These coins are special to us.  They may also be a reminder of how we helped to change things - when more coins were finally put out into circulation rather than us all having to buy them.’    
Would you be interested in taking part in anything like this again?
   ‘Yes, I would love to take part in something like this again and help to put more coins into circulation.’
Would you identify yourself as being a coin collector?
  ‘Yes we are definitely coin collectors!’
Do you think that the whole #WatchOut4TheWabbit and #TheGruffaloIsComing thing will have any effect on The Royal Mint and how they go about things? (i.e. That more new coins will go into general circulation instead of being ‘purchase only’)
   ‘I personally don't think it will effect which or how many coins are put out into circulation by the Royal Mint.   But it will certainly bring raise awareness with coin and non-coin collectors alike.  Which hopefully in the future will change how many coins are put into circulation, giving collectors who can't afford ‘purchase-only’ coins a chance of finding them in their change.’
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