Treasure hunt for all Youth

Scout working on the Treasure Hunt

A message from our Youth Director, John Philips


  Boy Scout Coin Collecting Merit Badge


We will hold our official merit badge class @ 1 pm on Sat Sept 22, 2018 at the Fredericksburg Expo & Conference Center, 2371 Carl D. Silver Pkwy, Fredericksburg, VA 22401. 

VNA will also hold a Treasure Hunt all day that Saturday, tied into the merit badge qualification. 

Thank you so much for organizing and bringing your scouts to this event!  Look forward to meeting you and your scouts!__________    ___________    __________ 

The Virginia Numismatic Association (VNA) will hold its BSA coin collecting merit badge class

@ 1:00 pm on Saturday Sept 22, 2018 at the Fredericksburg Expo & Conference Center, 2371 Carl D. Silver Pkwy, Fredericksburg, VA 22401.     FREE.  

Class time will be at least 2 hours.  No registration required.

See the 10 requirements for completion. (attached)

Be prepared to show completion of requirements 7 and 9.

Just by coming to the VNA coin show, requirement 10 b is satisfied!

If all 10 requirements are satisfied, we will sign off on your merit badge blue card.


Don’t forget your blue card. (but we have extras if needed).


We will also be conducting Coin Treasure Hunts throughout the day on Saturday.

Our Treasure Hunt counts as part of your Coin Collecting Merit Badge requirements.


Spend the day with us.  Your brothers, sisters, parents & grandparents are welcome too!

Come at least an hour early if possible.  And, you are welcome to stay until the 6:00 pm close.


We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, September 22, 2018 ! .


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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



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