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Treasure hunt for all Youth

Scout working on the Treasure Hunt

A message from our Youth Director, John Philips

TREASURE HUNT

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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. .

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Scouts working on their Merit Badge

SCOUTING

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SCOUTING

Scouts working on their Merit Badge

John S. Philips

VNA  Education Director

BSA ID # 126 075 190

804-347-7082 (cell)

john.philips@comcast.net

 

VNAonline.org

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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VNA Fall 2018 Education Program

 

 

At this year's 2018 VNA Convention... we held 7 educational classes, ongoing youth treasure hunts, and a Boy Scout coin collecting merit badge certification program.  We had 28 adults, 54 homeschoolers, and 53 boy scouts attend classes.  125 youth participated in our Treasure Hunts.  33 BSA coin collecting merit badges were awarded.  Over 3,250 coins were given out.

 

Over the past 8 years of our program the VNA has awarded 227 coin collecting merit badges.  Special thanks to Darrell Tyler for assisting with these BSA merit badge certification classes. 

 

Both adults and youth students were treated to 2 very special guest speakers over the VNA Convention weekend.   Tom Wood (Apoth Coins, Lynchburg, VA) spoke about Jefferson Nickels; and Tom Wood (Ephesus Numismatics, Durham, N.C) taught about biblical coins.   (P.S.   Not a typo.  Both speakers with identical names:  Tom Wood.  {What are the chances of that?}).

 

The VNA thanks the following donors {of coins, tokens, medals, currency, and collection supplies} to our ongoing youth educational program...  Bob & Judy Richmon (RCC),  Bob Hale      (Alexandria Coin Club),  George Watson  (VNA),  Richard Schornak  (VNA),  John Cunningham  (VNA),  Parry Bragg  (VNA), David Ellison (VNA),  and other donors who we may have omitted.

 

John Philips

VNA Education Director

                                                                                               

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

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

 

VNA Fall 2018 Education Program

 

 

At this year's 2018 VNA Convention... we held 7 educational classes, ongoing youth treasure hunts, and a Boy Scout coin collecting merit badge certification program.  We had 28 adults, 54 homeschoolers, and 53 boy scouts attend classes.  125 youth participated in our Treasure Hunts.  33 BSA coin collecting merit badges were awarded.  Over 3,250 coins were given out.

 

Over the past 8 years of our program the VNA has awarded 227 coin collecting merit badges.  Special thanks to Darrell Tyler for assisting with these BSA merit badge certification classes. 

 

Both adults and youth students were treated to 2 very special guest speakers over the VNA Convention weekend.   Tom Wood (Apoth Coins, Lynchburg, VA) spoke about Jefferson Nickels; and Tom Wood (Ephesus Numismatics, Durham, N.C) taught about biblical coins.   (P.S.   Not a typo.  Both speakers with identical names:  Tom Wood.  {What are the chances of that?}).

 

The VNA thanks the following donors {of coins, tokens, medals, currency, and collection supplies} to our ongoing youth educational program...  Bob & Judy Richmon (RCC),  Bob Hale      (Alexandria Coin Club),  George Watson  (VNA),  Richard Schornak  (VNA),  John Cunningham  (VNA),  Parry Bragg  (VNA), David Ellison (VNA),  and other donors who we may have omitted.

 

John Philips

VNA Education Director

                                                                                               

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

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

 

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

They still convey what the Youth Program accomplishes.