As I have mentioned in a few posts I am active in Scouting. I am the Cubmaster for my Son’s Pack and a Committee Member for the associated Troop. I also Staff shooting sports for the OA and Council. But all of that is to say, with my interest in coin collecting I am going to register to be a Merit Badge Counselor for the Coin Collecting Merit Badge. I wholeheartedly believe that in order to truly earn something, you must first apply it and then teach it. As such I’d like yall’s help in developing my content. Sure, I could use the standard “Go do your own research” or death by PowerPoint approaches, but I don’t feel they are good methods. All they do is discourage a Scout. I want to educate, amuse, and inspire a Scout who is pursuing this Merit Badge. I want them to finish with a sense of wonderment, a thirst to learn more, and a passion to continue and grow in coin collecting. I know I’m asking a lot of myself and my program. But, “If you shoot for the moon…” Here are the requirements to earn the Merit Badge and my thoughts. 1. Understand how coins are made, and where the active U.S. Mint facilities are located. There are some interesting videos made by the US Mint about the coin making process. But that doesn’t engage the youth. I’d love to get my hands on some dies and/or planchettes in various steps of manufacturing, but that’s probably unrealistic. 2. Explain these collecting terms: a. Obverse b. Reverse c. Reeding d. Clad e. Type set f. Date set I’m thinking the GIANT coins from Cracker Barrel would make an awesome visual aide here. 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. The PCGS Photograde app would be cool here. It would introduce them to collecting tools, while also using information directly from the industry standard. 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. Loose (in a bag/box), 2x2’s (In Box and binder), AirTite/Snaplocks… I want to keep the options on the fairly reasonable side as ages range from 11-17. Incomes could potentially be non-existent. And I want to leave a little room for them to learn more. 5. Do ONE of 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. Simple, this is a DIY requirement. I will source a few materials to have on hand incase a Scout cannot get them themselves. 6. Describe the 1999–2008 50 State Quarters® program or the America the Beautiful Quarters® program. Collect and show your counselor five different quarters from circulation you have acquired from one of these programs. 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. This is a good way to introduce coin roll hunting. 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. This is a good one to combine with Req. 10b. 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. We are lucky to be in DFW, as we have the Ft Worth Bureau of Engraving and Printing Western Currency facility and many coin shows. Feedback is a gift, I look forward to hearing your thoughts and opinions.