Treasure hunt for all Youth

Scout working on the Treasure Hunt


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Scouts working on their Merit Badge


John S. Philips

VNA  Education Director

BSA ID # 126 075 190

804-347-7082 (cell)




Promoting passion for coin collecting with our Virginia youth and their families

Dedicated to the enrichment of the numismatic hobby in the Commonwealth of Virginia



    Coin Collecting Requirements -  BSA Merit Badge.

Understand how coins are made, and where the active U.S. Mint facilities are located.
Explain these collecting terms:
Type set
Date set
Explain the grading terms Uncirculated, Extremely Fine, Very Fine, Fine, Very Good, Good, and Poor. Show five different grade examples of the same coin type. Explain the term “proof” and why it is not a grade. Tell what encapsulated coins are.
Know three different ways to store a collection, and describe the benefits, drawbacks, and expense of each method. Pick one to use when completing requirements.
Do the following:
Demonstrate to your counselor that you know how to use two U.S. or world coin reference catalogs.
Read a numismatic magazine or newspaper and tell your counselor about what you learned.
Describe the 1999-2008 50 State Quarters Program. Collect and show your counselor five different quarters you have acquired from circulation.
Collect from circulation a set of currently circulating U.S. coins. Include one coin of each denomination (cent, nickel, dime, quarter, half-dollar, dollar). For each coin, locate the mint marks, if any, and the designer’s initials, if any.   Do this before you arrive.
Do the following:
Identify the people depicted on the following denominations of current U.S. paper money: $1, $2, $5, $10, $20, $50, and $100.
Explain “legal tender.”
Describe the role the Federal Reserve System plays in the distribution of currency.
Do ONE of the following:   Do this before you arrive.
Collect and identify 50 foreign coins from at least 10 different countries.
Collect and identify 20 bank notes from at least five different countries.
Collect and identify 15 different tokens or medals.
For each year since the year of your birth, collect a date set of a single type of coin
Do ONE of the following:
Tour a U.S. Mint facility, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing facility, a Federal Reserve bank, or a numismatic museum or exhibit, and describe what you learned to your counselor.
With your parent’s permission, attend a coin show or coin club meeting, or view the Web site of the U.S. Mint or a coin dealer, and report what you learned.  Done by coming!
Give a talk about coin collecting to a group such as your troop, a Cub Scout pack, or your class at school.




Until We get some more data, I will share some pictures of the Homeschoolers Coin Collecting Class

55 Students participated, which is excellect.  Farther down the page you will see some of our scouts working on their merit badges and the reqirements they had to meet

Homeschoolers 55 participants

Boy Scouts working on their merit badges