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Ryder Suddenly Out as Director of the U.S. Mint

by John Feigenbaum

Published on September 25, 2021

Official Seal of the U.S. Department of the Treasury
Official Seal of the U.S. Department of the Treasury

In a surprise announcement, the U.S. Treasury Department has announced the resignation of David Ryder, effective October 1. Alison Doone to take over duties as Acting Director.

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Outgoing Mint Director, David Ryder (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Mint)

Without much fanfare, the U.S. Treasury Department suddenly announced the resignation of David Ryder as Mint Director on Friday. The only details known at the moment are those from the official press release published below. This announcement ends Ryder's second term in the position and I had personally found him to be a highly-visible, congenial, and a proactive advocate for collectible numismatics at the U.S. Mint during his second term. I spoke with Mr. Ryder at numerous trade shows from the ANA World's Fair of Money events to the Berlin World Money Fair in 2019. It was clear to me he was very engaged in his role and interested in delivering quality products for the public and collectors alike.

The Mint has had its public struggles lately, mostly with the web site crashing under extreme pressure during limited releases of new collector coins. However, Mr. Ryder has been responsible for many progressive and thoughtful moves at the agency, including the 2021 commemorative silver dollar program which have seen modern interpretations of the Morgan and Peace silver dollars.

It is often said that the U.S. Mint is the world's largest coin dealer, so this is a critical story for the numismatic community and we will continue to follow developments and try to learn the nature of Mr. Ryder's sudden departure.

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WASHINGTON (September 24, 2021)— Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury announced Alison Doone as the new Acting Director of the U.S. Mint. Doone previously served as Chief Administrative Officer at the Mint. Doone’s first day as Acting Director will be on October 1 as Director David J. Ryder leaves the bureau to pursue new opportunities.

“I’m excited to serve the U.S. Mint as Acting Director to help it continue its important work,” said Alison Doone. “I look forward to working alongside the devoted Mint employees across the country and supporting our ongoing efforts to ensure that we are operating efficiently and producing quality products for the American people.”

“We thank Director Ryder for his dedicated service to the U.S. Mint and welcome Alison to serve in this role,” said Deputy Secretary Wally Adeyemo. “It is essential for the U.S. Mint to continue its critical operations to produce our coinage amid increased demand and safeguard American assets. I have confidence that Alison’s leadership will help us carry out this mission.”

“It was an honor to serve as the 34th and the 39th Director of the U.S. Mint,” said Director David J. Ryder. “During this global pandemic, the U.S. Mint has showcased American excellence. Not only did the Mint meet its primary mission of producing circulating coinage, but it generated near-record revenue by introducing wildly popular numismatic products at a time in which many of its peers around the world ceased operations. Thank you to all of the employees who work tirelessly and play a role in ensuring that the Mint can meet the demands of the public, deliver quality products, and operate effectively. I know that with Alison serving as Acting Director, the Mint will continue to do just that.”

Doone, a member of the Senior Executive Service since 2004, has served as the Mint’s Chief Administrative Officer since March 2021.

Before beginning her work with the Mint, Ms. Doone served as the Chief Financial Officer for the Department of Education from August 2018 to March 2021; Deputy Chief Financial Officer at the Department of Energy from January 2013 to August 2018; Chief Financial Officer at the General Services Administration from September 2010 to January 2013; Chief and Deputy Chief Financial Officer at the Internal Revenue Service from August 2005 to September 2010; and, Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Drug Enforcement Administration from June 2004 to August 2005. Prior to her appointments in the SES, Ms. Doone served as a Senior Level (SL), Deputy Staff Director for Management at the Federal Election Commission from November 1999 to June 2004.

Ms. Doone holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Pennsylvania State University and a Master’s degree in finance from the University of Michigan.


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    Joseph Jacobson Reply

    How is this a surprise announcement, we in the numismatic community have been blood thirsty for some time demanding change at the mint? if nothing else, the director is responsible for overall success, perception and delivery none of which have been made. Some out of the box thinking, like partnership opportunity's with private companies that are up to the job like Amazon, Ebay, and others. Private companies with the infrastructure to support a hundred thousand orders at once and would welcome the interesting diverse opportunity and could open the windows to expanding private fulfillment as additional monetary streams. Lastly, where is the falling on the sword by the director? With problems like this I would have an add campaign to address their mistakes and modernize the relationship with their customers.

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