The annual American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money
offers collectors of all ages many opportunities for education and
fun, and at the younger range of the age scale are activities aimed at
Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.
On Saturday, Aug. 5, ANA officials will conduct workshops for the
Boy Scouts’ Coin Collecting Merit Badge and the Girl Scouts Fun With
Money Patch at the Denver World’s Fair of Money. The workshops will
permit Scouts to earn their badge and patch. In addition, Scouts and
their parents will be given free admission to the convention and its
many other events on Saturday.
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Registration for both workshops begins at 8:30 MT Aug. 5, with the
workshops conducted from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
For Girl Scouts, the workshop will take “a closer look at the coins
and paper money we use every day” and allow participants to earn the
Fun with Money Patch in a program developed by the American Numismatic
Association in cooperation with Girl Scouts of Colorado.
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Before the event, Girl Scouts must complete several tasks. They
must first register for the workshop by contacting Dan Usiak at
719-955-0143 or email@example.com.
Then they must “Draw a design for a new $1 coin on an 8½ x 11-inch
sheet of paper and bring it to the workshop (Requirement #1),”
according to the guidelines aimed at earning the patch. The ANA
recommends, “Keep your design simple and clear; do not make it cluttered.”
Drawings must include the following inscriptions: the year, LIBERTY,
and IN GOD WE TRUST on the obverse side and UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
and ONE DOLLAR on the reverse.
According to the ANA, “Everyone will learn a lot about coins and
currency. If you have a collection, please leave it at home. Girl
Scouts will complete the patch requirements during the workshop.
Parents and adult leaders are welcome and encouraged to attend. Scouts
who complete the requirements at the clinic will receive a voucher for
a free one-year membership in the ANA (for new members only) and a Fun
with Money patch.”
Girl Scouts are encouraged to wear their uniforms for the day.
The workshop activities planned for Boy Scouts are aimed at helping
them earn their Coin Collecting Merit Badge. Boy Scouts, too, should
register before the event buy contacting Dan Usiak at 719-955-0143 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scouts should also review the requirements of the Merit Badge before attending.
On Aug. 5, Scouts should bring the following:
➤ Collect and bring five different grade examples of the same coin
type (Requirement 3).
➤ Collect and bring five different state quarters you have acquired
from circulation (Requirement 6).The dates do not have to be the same.
➤ Collect and bring a type set of U.S. coins currently in
circulation (Requirement 7).This type set must include one specimen
each of 1 cent, 5 cents, 10 cents, 25 cents, 50 cents and dollar
coins. The dates do not have to be the same.
➤ Collect and bring a date set of U.S. coins (Requirement 9d) or one
of the other collections for Requirement 9. The set for Requirement 9d
can be of any one denomination (1 cent, 5 cents, 10 cents or 25 cents)
and must include one (1) coin of every year, from the year the Scout
was born through 2017. Any mint is acceptable. All coins must be of
the same denomination.
The ANA advises, “Everyone will learn a lot about collecting U.S.
coins. Bring only the coins required for the merit badge; please leave
the rest of your collection at home. Scouts will complete their
requirements during the workshop and have them reviewed. Scouts should
attend in Class A uniforms.”
The ANA convention is being held at the Colorado Convention Center,
700 14th St., Denver.