TROOP•444

Old Hickory Council - Hanging Rock District

Troop 444: Coin Collecting Merit Badge

 

Coin Collecting

 

 

Requirements

  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.
  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:
        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.
        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.

Coin Collecting Worksheets for use in working on these requirements

Boy Scout Oath

On my honor, I will do my best

To do my duty to God and my Country and to obey the Scout Law;

To help other people at all times;

To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.

Boy Scout Law

A Scout Is...

A Scout tells the truth.
He keeps his promises.
Honesty is part of his code of conduct.
People can depend on him.
TRUSTWORTHY
A Scout is true to his family, Scout leaders, friends, school, and nation.LOYAL
A Scout is concerned about other people. He does things willingly for others without pay or reward.HELPFUL
A Scout is a friend to all.
He is a brother to other Scouts.
He seeks to understand others.
He respects those with ideas and customs other than his own.
FRIENDLY
A Scout is polite to everyone regardless of age or position.
He knows good manners make it easier for people to get along together.
COURTEOUS
A Scout understands there is strength in being gentle.
He treats others as he wants to be treated.
He does not hurt or kill harmless things without reason.
KIND
A Scout follows the rules of his family, school, and troop.
He obeys the laws of his community and country.
If he thinks these rules and laws are unfair, he tries to have them changed in an orderly manner rather than disobey them.
OBEDIENT
A Scout looks for the bright side of things.
He cheerfully does tasks that come his way. He tries to make others happy.
CHEERFUL
A Scout works to pay his way and to help others.
He saves for unforeseen needs.
He protects and conserves natural resources.
He carefully uses time and property.
THRIFTY
A Scout can face danger even if he is afraid.
He has the courage to stand for what he thinks is right even if others laugh at or threaten him.
BRAVE
A Scout keeps his body and mind fit and clean.
He goes around with those who believe in living by these same ideals.
He helps keep his home and community clean.
CLEAN
A Scout is reverent toward God.
He is faithful in his religious duties.
He respects the beliefs of others.
REVERENT