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Coin Collecting Merit Badge Workshop
By : Jim Bevill
Texas Numismatic Association
1’st Vice President
• Coin Collecting Merit Badge Counselor
SHAC / Rising Star District
Merit Badge Requirements
• 1) Understand how coins are made,
and where the active U.S. Mints
This mint opened its doors in 1792
The “Mile High” Mint(as it looked on opening day in 1906)
This mint survived the 1906 earthquake and fire !
“The Granite Lady”
This mint strikes only gold, silver and platinum bullion coins
#2 Explain these Collecting Terms
• A) Obverse
• B) Reverse
• C) Reeding
• D) Clad
• E) Type Set
• F) Date Set
Obverse = Heads !
Reverse = Tails
Many coins have a reeded edge !
Clad coins, are made of fused metal, not gold or silver.
Date Sets – 2 Types
• All varieties and mintmarks of a particular date .
- or -
• A series of coins
collected in date order, without regard
#3 Coin Grading
• Sheldon Grading Scale (see handout)
• Grades range from Poor, Good, Fine, Extra Fine, Almost Uncirculated, and Uncirculated on a scale of 1 – 70 ! A coin graded 70 is perfect !
• Very Important ! Very Subjective !
• The higher the grade, the more expensive the coin !
Grading U.S. Mercury Dimes
AG Good Fine
Mercury Dime Grading
Very Fine Extremely Fine Uncirculated
• A specially made coin distinguished by sharpness of detail and a brilliant mirrorlike surface.
• It is a method of manufacture, double struck with great care on polished dies.
• Most proof coins are in perfect, mint state condition, though many older proofs were once
Is this 1860 Seated Liberty Dollar a proof coin ?
Encapsulated or “Slabbed” Coins
• Third party guarantee of authenticity.
• Independent grading opinion.
• Protected in sealed plastic holders.
Even the best grading services make mistakes !
#4 Know at least three different ways to store your coin collection ?
Know your paper money !
Federal Reserve Notes• The serial number on US paper currency is applied separately from the portraits and symbols that
characterize the bill. Printed in bright green ink when the uncut bills arrive at each Reserve Bank, this number represents the bill's unique identity.
• A serial number consists of two prefix letters, eight numerals, and a one-letter suffix:
• The first letter of the prefix denotes the currency series.
• The second letter of the prefix indicates the Federal Reserve Bank at which the bill was produced.
• The eight digits represent the bill's sequential order within its group. The one-letter suffix is a further sequential counter within each Reserve Bank's bills in a series.
• The suffix letter advances when the 8-digit number reaches 99999999 (for example, xx99999999B is followed by xx00000001C). The entire alphabet is used for this process except for the letter O.
• Bills with a star in the place of their suffix letter are replacements for bills that did not meet federal standards after the printing process and are subsequently destroyed.
• Bills produced before 1996 were printed with the seal of their particular Reserve Bank; new bills feature a universal Federal Reserve Seal.
#5 Identify the people on the$1, $2, $5, $10, $20, $50, $100
…also…Explain “legal tender”
Describe the role of the Federal
Reserve System plays in the distribution
What’s wrong with this $1 bill ?
This $2 bill commemorates theAmerican Bicentennial !
What is different about this $5 bill ?
Why does this bill say “Hawaii” ?
Is something missing on this $20 ?
• Some collectors
pay big bucks for
printing errors on
It can pay you to pay
attention to the details
on paper money that
is in circulation !
$100,000 in Cash !
U.S. Federal Reserve System
Federal Reserve is the Banker’s Bank !
#6 Numismatic Reference
a) Demonstrate how to use a U.S or a world coin reference catalog.
b) Read a numismatic
magazine or a
tell your counselor
what you have
“The Red Book”(The most widely accepted
reference on United States Coins)
#7 State Quarters
1) Describe the 1999- 2008 State Quarters Program
2) Collect and show
5 different examples
What kind of horse is being ridden on this 1999 Delaware quarter ?
#8 Collect from circulation a set of currently circulating U.S. Coins
• 1) Include one coin of each denomination.
• 2) For each coin, locate the mint marks,
if any, and the designers initials.
#9 Collect and identify
• 1) 50 foreign coins from at least 10 countries. - or –
• 2) 20 bank notes from at least 5 different countries. – or –
3) 15 different tokens or medals. – or – 4) Collect a date set of a single type since the
year of your birth.
#10 Do one of the following…• A) Tour a U.S. Mint, BEP, or Federal Reserve
bank and describe what you learned.
- or -• B) Attend a Coin Show or Coin club meeting, or
view the mint’s website or a dealer’s website and describe what you’ve learned.
- or -• C) Give a talk about coin collecting to your troop
or at school.
- or -• D) Do drawings of five Colonial-era U.S. Coins.
The Texas Numismatic Association wishes you well on your coin
collecting merit badge !