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Coin Collecting Merit Badge Workbook
This Scoutmaster Bucky Merit Badge Workbook is based off the 2020 Scouts BSA Requirements.
Type your work on this page or download the Coin Collecting Workbook PDF.

Consider also using the Coin Collecting merit badge class preparation page for clarification and expections when participating in a Scoutmaster Bucky merit badge opportunity (online or in-person).

https://scoutmasterbucky.com/merit-badges/coin-collecting/

Scout's Name:
Requirement 1: Understand how coins are made, and where the active U.S. Mint facilities are located.
How coins are made:
List all U.S. Mint facilities here:
Requirement 2: Explain these collecting terms: (2a) Obverse, (2b) Reverse, (2c) Reeding, (2d) Clad, (2e) Type set, (2f) Date set
Obverse:
Reverse:
Reeding:
Clad:
Type set:
Date set:
Requirement 3: Explain the grading terms Uncirculated, Extremely Fine, Very Fine, Fine, Very Good, Good, and Poor.
Uncirculated:
Extremely fine:
Very fine:
Fine:
Very good:
Good:
Poor:
Requirement 3: Show five different grade examples of the same coin type.
Grade and Notes
Grade and Notes
Grade and Notes
Grade and Notes
Grade and Notes
Requirement 3: Explain the term *proof* and why it is not a grade.
Requirement 3: Tell what encapsulated coins are.
Requirement 4: Know three different ways to store a collection, and describe the benefits, drawbacks, and expense of each method. Pick one to use when completing requirements.
Benefits:
Drawbacks:
Expenses:
Notes:
Requirement 4: Know three different ways to store a collection, and describe the benefits, drawbacks, and expense of each method. Pick one to use when completing requirements.
Benefits:
Drawbacks:
Expenses:
Notes:
Requirement 4: Know three different ways to store a collection, and describe the benefits, drawbacks, and expense of each method. Pick one to use when completing requirements.
Benefits:
Drawbacks:
Expenses:
Notes:
Do one of the following (5a or 5b) for requirement 5:
Requirement 5a: Demonstrate to your counselor that you know how to use two U.S. or world coin reference catalogs.
Be sure to review the merit badge pamphlet for preparation information on this requirement.
This requirement component must be done with your merit badge counselor
Be sure to bring your catalogs for your demonstration with your merit badge counselor
Requirement 5b: Read a numismatic magazine or newspaper and tell your counselor about what you learned.
Notes:
Requirement 6: Describe the 1999-2008 50 State Quarters program or the America the Beautiful Quarters program.
Notes:
Requirement 6: Collect and show your counselor five different quarters from circulation you have acquired from one of these programs.
Quarter 1
Quarter 2
Quarter 3
Quarter 4
Quarter 5
Requirement 7: Collect from circulation a set of current 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.
Penny
Nickel
Dime
Quarter
Half Dollar
Dollar
Dollar
Other
Other
Requirement 8a: Identify the people depicted on the following denominations of current U.S. paper money: $1, $2, $5, $10, $20, $50, and $100.

Just for Fun

These denominations are no longer printed but still are considered legal tender when circulated.

Requirement 8b: Explain "legal tender."
Requirement 8c: Describe the role the Federal Reserve System plays in the distribution of currency.
Do ONE of the following (9a, 9b, 9c, or 9d) for requirement 9:
Requirement 9a: Collect and identify 50 foreign coins from at least 10 different countries.
If selected, this requirement will need you to share your work with your counselor and does not require any workbook entry.
Requirement 9b: Collect and identify 20 bank notes from at least five different countries.
If selected, this requirement will need you to share your work with your counselor and does not require any workbook entry.
Requirement 9c: Collect and identify 15 different tokens or medals.
If selected, this requirement will need you to share your work with your counselor and does not require any workbook entry.
Requirement 9d: For each year since the year of your birth, collect a date set of a single type of coin.
If selected, this requirement will need you to share your work with your counselor and does not require any workbook entry.
Do ONE of the following (10a, 10b, 10c, or 10d) for requirement 10:
Requirement 10a: Tour a U.S. Mint facility, a Bureau of Engraving and Printing facility, a Federal Reserve bank, or a numismatic museum or exhibit, and describe what you learned to your counselor.
Notes:
Requirement 10b: With your parent's permission, attend a coin show or coin club meeting, or view the website of the U.S. Mint or a coin dealer, and report what you learned.
Parent Name
Phone
Parent Signature
Date
Approved
Notes:
Requirement 10c: Give a talk about coin collecting to a group such as your troop, a Cub Scout pack, or your class at school.
Notes:
Requirement 10d: Do drawings of five Colonial-era U.S. coins.
Coin 1
Coin 2
Coin 3
Coin 4
Coin 5