Coin Collecting Merit Badge
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C) Prerequisites - Scouts
Work to be done prior to program start:

    Print Merit Badge Workbook
    One copy for each scout. And don't forget to have ready your Merit Badge Blue Card - (home printer version.)
    One copy for each scout.

    Req #4/#6 : State Quarters
    Collect five or more of the state quarters minted from 1999-2008 and show that you know how to store them properly. The coin kits available below may be helpful.

      Coin Kit #1: Presidential Dollars
      Available on

      This is a nice book- magnetic catch keeps it closed. Holds coins nicely. Has slots for all deceased Presidents and 6 extra. Nicely illustrated book with a two page spread of info on each and every president up to G.W. Bush. (Dollars not included.)

      Coin Kit #2: State Series Quarters
      Available on

      A beautiful, 4-color, oversized 3-fold folder with snap latch. / Color-coded map of the United States will showcase one of each / state quarter design. / Each coin opening located on the map has the state's logo. / Educational details of each state including their statehood / date, capital, state bird, flower, etc. (Quarters not included.)

      Coin Kit #3: National Park Quarters
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      Display your quarter collection in this educational Collector Map. Openings for all 56 National Park quarters. The National Park Quarters Coin Act of 2008 requires quarters, beginning in 2010, to have designs on the reverse depicting one national site in each state, the District of Columbia, and the five territories of the United States. Fifty-six (56) different designs will complete the program from 2010 through 2021. (Quarters not included.)

      Req #7 : U.S. Coin Series
      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.

      Req #9 : Foreign Money Collection
      Do ONE of the following:

        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.

        Coin Kit #4: Lincoln Cents Folder
        Available on
        - Collect every penny from 1975 and forward. (Coins not included.)
        -Professional quality look
        -Spots for pennies from both Denver and Philadelphia mints
        -Includes spaces for all seven 1982 pennies (the year they released both copper and zinc pennies), and eight spaces for the four coins released in 2009 (D and P)


    D) Study Hall

    The purpose of this section is to facilitate an opportunity for scouts to research and learn about key concepts relevant to this subject. They need to be prepared to explain these to the counselor.

    While some scouts may be adept at self-study, others may do better in a small group setting and taking notes on worksheets. You can facilitate discussion by asking them why each of the principles intruduced here would be relevant.

    Req #1: How Coins are Made

    Req #2 : Numismatic Terms
    Explain these collecting terms:

      a. Obverse
      b. Reverse
      c. Reeding
      d. Clad
      e. Type set
      f. Date set

    Req #3 : Coin Grading Terms
    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.
    Coin Grade Example - Washington Quarters Grading Scale

    Req #4 : Coin Storage
    Know three different ways to store a collection, and describe the benefits, drawbacks, and expenses of each method. Pick one to use when completing requirements.
    Coin Storage Methods - Graphic Display

    Req #5a : World Coin Reference Catalog
    Demonstrate to your counselor that you know how to use two U.S. or world coin reference catalogs.

      NGC Coin Explorer - Online coin catalog with the most comprehensive reference for United States coins. Includes images and specifications for every U.S. coin.
      PCGS Coin Explorer - Online coin catalog - coin certification service.

    Req #5b : Numismatic Magazine
    Read a numismatic magazine or newspaper and tell your counselor about what you learned.


E) Patrol Activity

    Coin Collection Presentation
    From the pre-requisites above, present your collection of the following:

    • Req #4: Coin Storage Presentation Method
    • Req #6: State Quarters Collection
    • Req #7: U.S. Coin Series

F) Field Trip

Req #10: Coin Show
Discuss with your Patrol Leaders what your group can do to cover requirement #10. Check your local coin shop to find about when a major coin show may be coming to your town. A local coin club may have members that enjoy visiting local youth groups to do a private coin show. Your merit badge counselor may also have a useful recommendation here.

Coin Collecting Merit Badge G) Program Debriefing

After completion of the above activities you may need a work session to finish completion of the merit badge worksheet to document the results of your visits, activities and the people you interviewed about potential career opportunities in this field.

H) Extra Credit

J) Coin Collecting Famous Quotes:

    Every side of a coin has another side. - Myron Scholes


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