Private Mint News is the culmination of a passion for documenting things for posterity, this version being the third incarnation of the name.
- May 2019: PDF books on Bolen's Pynchon House medal is published using Pandoc.
- May 2019: Draft of Gallery Mint Museum selections are made available to select parties for review but is too large at 160MB.
- September 2020: The first website hosted on https://privatemintnews.com is published with a focus on a few less common pieces using Hugo.
- November 2021: First presentation is given at So-Called Dollar Fellowship Gathering on So-Called Dollar Store Card Mules, but not published online afterwards.
- December 2021: Second version of Private Mint News is published on Medium.
- March 2023: Second presentation is given at So-Called Dollar Fellowship Gathering on So-Called Dollars for War Service.
- April 2023: Third version of Private Mint News is republished on https://privatemintnews.com using MkDocs, including all content on Medium, the 2 presentations given at the So-Called Dollar Fellowship gatherings and the previous books.
Version 1 was a good start. Posts were authored in Markdown and rendered by Hugo. It was eventually replaced due to the need to maintain a custom Hugo theme. Version 1 had 7 articles as shown below dating from September 27, 2020 to October 27, 2020.
Version 2 used Medium which resolved many of the formatting issues but made it more difficult to maintain version control for content compared to git-based source control. The content also wasn't accessible via Markdown once authored for backup and maintenance. Version 2 had 3 articles as shown below dating from December 2, 2021 to December 17, 2021.
Version 3 is the latest version and uses MkDocs. This has the advantage of being easy to maintain and has enabled incorporation of Remark-based presentations and PDF-based books.