Treasure hunt for all Youth

Scout working on the Treasure Hunt

A message from our Youth Director, John Philips


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Coin Collecting Requirements - BSA Merit Badge...

1. Understand how coins are made, and where the active U.S. Mint facilities are located.
2. Explain these collecting terms:
A. Obverse
B. Reverse
C. Reeding
D. Clad
E. Type set
F. Date set
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. Do the following:
A. Demonstrate to your counselor that you know how to use two U.S. or world coin reference catalogs.
B. Read a numismatic magazine or newspaper and tell your counselor about what you learned.
6. Describe the 1999-2008 50 State Quarters Program. Collect and show your counselor five different quarters you have acquired from circulation.
7. 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.
8. Do the following:
A. Identify the people depicted on the following denominations of current U.S. paper money: $1, $2, $5, $10, $20, $50, and $100.
B. Explain “legal tender.”
C. Describe the role the Federal Reserve System plays in the distribution of currency.
9. Do ONE of the following: Do this before you arrive.
A. Collect and identify 50 foreign coins from at least 10 different countries.
B. Collect and identify 20 bank notes from at least five different countries.
C. Collect and identify 15 different tokens or medals.
D. For each year since the year of your birth, collect a date set of a single type of coin
10. Do ONE of the following:
A. 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.
B. 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!
C. Give a talk about coin collecting to a group such as your troop, a Cub Scout pack, or your class at school.
D. Do drawings of five Colonial-era U.S. coins. .


Scouts working on their Merit Badge




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



These pictures are  from 2016 and 2017 until I can get some updated ones.

They still convey what the Youth Program accomplishes.

Our VNA Youth education program


The VNA thanks the following donors {of coins, tokens, medals, currency, and collection supplies} to our ongoing youth educational program...    

Bob & Judy Richmon  RCC,  Richard Schornak  VNA ,  Chris Durrer  RCC,  Bob Hale  Alexandria Coin Club,  George Watson  VNA,  John Cunningham  VNA,  Parry Bragg  VNA,   John Philips VNA,  David Ellison VNA,  Joe Riggs  VNA,  Bill Scott  RCC & VNA,  Paul Gross  RCC,  Homer Cole  RCC & CVCC,  Larry Hurt   Salem Coin Club,  Jackie Pizzini   Central Virginia collector, and other donors who we may have omitted.


Examples of donations always needed for our VNA youth program:  Old Red Books, Whitman collection albums, foreign coins or currency, wheat and Indian pennies, V and Buffalo nickels,  wooden nickels , tokens, Mardi Gras doubloons, plastic magnifying glasses, coin tube holders, old coin publications, anything educational.  Thank you! 


John Philips

VNA Education Director