| Boy Scouts can earn the Collections, Coin Collecting and Stamp Collecting Merit badges.|
Cub Scouts & Webelos Scouts can earn the Cub Scout Collecting Belt Loop & Pin
|The Coin Collecting requirements were revised effective January 1, 2009.|
|Coin Collecting merit badge|
|BSA Advancement ID:||035|
|Latest pamphlet revision:||2008|
Coin Collecting requirements
| A FREE workbook for Coin Collecting is available here! |
with the maps, charts, links, diagrams, and checklists you need!
|meritbadge.org has PDF and DOC versions of|
Boy Scout merit badge workbooks,
Webelos workbooks, and Cub Scout workbooks.
- Per the BSA: "You should read the merit badge pamphlet on the subject." Pamphlets (books) are at local Scout Shops and online at ScoutStuff.org.
- "Get a signed Merit Badge application from your Scoutmaster." An online, printable Word doc file version is available.
1. US Mint Process of Making Coins - US Mint
2. Dictionary of Coin Collecting Terminology
4. Storing your Coin Collection
5b. Legal Tender
5c. The Federal Reserve — Official site
7. 50 State Quarters Program: A Celebration of the States
10a. Tour the US Mint — An official U.S. Department of Treasury webpage
10b. The U.S. Mint for Kids
10d. The Coins of Colonial and Early America
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 expenses 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, or a Federal Reserve bank, 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 your troop or class at school. d. Do drawings of five Colonial-era U.S. coins.
- Hobby Awards
- Boy Scout Merit Badges: Art - Chess - Coin Collecting - Collections - Computers - Dog Care - Fishing - Gardening - Genealogy - Golf - Horsemanship - Pets - Photography - Radio - Railroading - Reading - Stamp Collecting
- Venturing: Arts and Hobbies Bronze Award; Ranger Award electives: Cave Exploration - Cycling - Equestrian - Fishing
- Webelos Activity Badges: Artist - Traveler
- Cub Scout Belt Loops & Pins: Art - Chess - Collecting - Computers
Merit Badge information
- An Introduction to Merit Badges – how to get started, who chooses the counselor, etc.
- Merit Badge Worksheets & Requirements – with the revision dates, diagrams, charts, checklists, logs, and links you need.
- Merit Badge Application – offers online resources to let you print "Blue Cards," etc.
- Merit Badge FAQ – answers dozens of questions like: Who can be a counselor? Can requirements be added or removed?
- Merit Badges Requiring Prior Approval – Certain requirements need prior approval. Most do not. Here is the list.
- Also see: Most Popular Merit Badges – Merit Badge Policies – Eagle-Required Merit Badges – Merit Badge Days
- Additionally: List of Merit Badges by Field of Study – Merit Badge Pamphlets & Libraries
- Merit Badge Counselors must complete Youth Protection Training, file an Adult Application (and Merit Badge Counselor Information Form); and be approved by the local council. (See the Guide for Merit Badge Counselors for additional details.)
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