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21 Mar 2017

Forming a new Young Numismatic Society

Young Numismatists Exchange | Mr_Norris_LKNS

New member here, grateful for the opportunity to join the ANA.  I've had great experiences with several other ANA members and am happy to finally associate my name with this institution.

Through positive exposure to my crossover interests in history and coins, my son has come alongside me in taking up similar interests.  One day he came home from school and exclaimed, "Another kid in my class collects coins!  He heard I liked coins and World War Two history and gave me this!"  He produced a 1943 US steel cent, which I dutifully admired before reaching into my own wartime collection.  "Here...  Since he likes historic coins, maybe he'll like this one," and I handed him a pre-war British penny to give to his friend.  And thus the trading frenzy began.

Soon my son was coming home with reports of more friends who were bringing coins and paper money to school and trading them.  "You know, I'll bet your friends would like to join us some Saturday for a trip to the coin shop," I told him.  Sure enough, after a basketball game, several of his teammates from school joined us in patronizing our favorite numismatic dealer.

Soon afterwards, I had permission from the school administration to form an after-school club for students in the third through sixth grades.  We held our first official meeting on 28 February 2017 with fourteen young enthusiasts in attendance.  We are working on creating more Young Numismatists through the Coins for A's program, then we're diving into The Dollar Project.

This club is a little different from other local clubs in that its membership is limited to students of our school in those four grades, their parents, and school faculty/staff.  However, we have another excellent club in the area whose membership is open to the public and accepts members of all ages.  They have already become an ally of ours and we hope to support them in turn.

As coordinator for this newly formed young Numismatic Society, I've found that it takes a little effort and planning, but not much more than I was already interested in investing in my hobby in the first place.  It keeps me progressing in increasing my own knowledge, and  in making contacts and developing relationships within the numismatic community.  Plus, it is an excellent way to get to know the parents of my son's school mates, a key component in forming a strong, healthy educational community for our students.

Dave

Comments

Kepi

Level 6

Good luck with the new club! I bet everyone will love it! Thanks for helping our YN's!

user_7180

Level 5

Welcome to the ANA. Your experiences thus far already demonstrate how effective the resources are. It is great to hear that you are encouraging your son's class to become better collector's.

Mr_Norris_LKNS

Level 4

Thank you! The resources I've found so far really have been helpful. I think getting a free year's ANA membership and a free coin for turning in a good report card is a great deal! So far about half our members have completed that step. They like having their own membership card.

coinsbygary

Level 5

Wow! What a story! Most importantly, you're providing a positive role model for the kids in your son's school/class. Coins provide a wonderful and wholesome means for kids spend their free time. With the history that is attached to the coins they collect, they are also learning valuable life lessons. Keep it up and I look forward to hearing how your group is doing in future blog posts. Gary

Mr_Norris_LKNS

Level 4

Thanks Gary! We just finished up our first year, and although it was a short year because we started halfway through the school year, it was a very successful first year! I will post an update report soon. Lots to tell!

SpartaCuse

Level 4

Nice moves there Dave, It is great to re-experience that coin excitement through those fresh starters - Doing good things for those kids - Congrats !

Mr_Norris_LKNS

Level 4

Thank you! Yes, it's great to see the enthusiasm and smiles, hear their questions that show they are thinking about it and discovering new things.

World_Coin_Nut

Level 5

Good job. I recently assisted in giving a coin presentation to a class of 5th graders and the response was overwhelming. They were all invited to our local club meeting but of course didn't come. Never thought of having something at the school. Will have to explore that.

Mr_Norris_LKNS

Level 4

The best thing about having it at the school is that they don't have to go anywhere else to do it. All they have to really do differently is ask their folks if they can pick them up later or find a ride home with another family. For many parents this means they can run an extra errand before picking them up. I have to take off work early to coordinate the meetings, but I am fortunate to have a boss who supports volunteering to help kids, and I can make up my hours. We did get a couple kids from our group to go to the meetings of the local coin club that has sent presenters to us. The club enjoyed seeing them and is very pleased to see students taking an interest. The boys actually enjoyed it, even getting to participate in the club's auction. Of course, both kids were sons of two of our volunteer parents who wanted to go themselves, so that helped. But they did enjoy going and want to go back!

Conan Barbarian

Level 5

great job and good luck teaching all of the new kids the basics. wish i had that in my early days of collecting. maybe you can bring in coin rolls for every one to go through or other similar fun and educational activities

Mr_Norris_LKNS

Level 4

Thanks! Yes, it would have been good to get some guidance early on, wouldn't it? And it would have been fun to be able to share the hobby with some friends. That's why I'm so glad to have been part of starting this. Judging by the response so far, it's meeting a need. We have talked about doing some roll searching, and will probably start doing that this next school year.

Mike

Level 7

Great news good for you guys. Sun has the right info for you. Run your club how you all like it. Im glade you joined up welcome to the greatest hobby in the world and your in the best place for it. Enjoy it. Mike

Mr_Norris_LKNS

Level 4

Thanks Mike! We are having fun so far and looking forward to more. Dave

"SUN"

Level 5

Welcome! Check with ANA's Rod Gillis about material that might be available to you and your club. One example is"Coins for A'." I teach the Coin Collecting merit badge, and he is very helpful with handouts. Good Luck!!!!

Mr_Norris_LKNS

Level 4

Thanks Sun, we are definitely taking advantage of the Coins for A's program. My son got his membership that way, and we're encouraging all the other members to do the same. We want our club to become an official ANA club, so for every member of our club that is also a member of the ANA, we get a club dues discount. What a deal! Everyone's eyes kinda get bigger when I tell them that by the third activity in The Dollar Project the ANA will send them a real Morgan or Peace Dollar! Of course the other dollar coins don't hurt either; when they're done they'll have a nice start to a dollar type collection. Then there's the National Coin Week Student Activity using Morse Code...! Dave

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