Scout Life magazine has some tips and tricks for new coin collectors. These tips will help you get started and become a collector in no time. And they will help you appreciate and understand your coins.
Coin Collecting Merit Badge
Coin collecting is one of the oldest of all hobbies. Hoards of ancient coins found in excavations indicate that coins were one of the first collectibles. From earliest times, people valued coins not only as a means of trading and storing wealth, but also as miniature works of art.
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There are several Scouting achievements related to collecting. So how do you start a collection? Here are some tips to get started.
Display sheets are the perfect way to show off your coin collection. You can store many coins in a single binder and still be able to easily view both sides of your coins.
While working on the Coin Collecting merit badge, Scouts learn about how coins are made and what the identifying marks on coins mean. They also learn how to collect and store coins. They learn about special coins and series of coins, such as the State Quarters program and the America the Beautiful Quarters.
This article from Metals Wired includes simple explanations for obverse (heads), reverse (tails), field, relief, rim, edge, legend, motto, date, and mint marks.