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12 May 2019

KPC

Young Numismatists Exchange | Mr_Norris_LKNS

Our club operates primarily during the school year, as we are a school based club. We are blessed to receive donations from time to time and rather than distribute them willy nilly without regard to the students' interests, we hold a big student members only auction at the end of the year. Members earn auction money through participation all year long: meeting attendance, completing a project, giving a presentation, etc., all can earn them auction money. This encourages participation, makes it fun, and provides a good way to make sure the donated objects go to interested students... if they like it, they bid; if it's not their thing, they pass.

We don't use US legal tender for this so we create our own currency. This year we learned about military currency from Fred Schwan who visited us in October. Knights are military; so we borrowed the idea (and this year borrowed a British military currency design) to make our own "Knights Payment Certificates", or KPC. Each year these notes are devalued and replaced for next year's auction.

For an added twist, because we are Knights, and because the sun once never set on the British Empire or its currency, we denominate it in predecimal British pounds, shillings, and pence. This adds educational value as they will invariably see these denominations if they collect any world currency. It's tricky to bid with at first, but they catch on pretty quickly and are bidding like mad. (It helps if you feed them cookies during the event... it keeps the bidding energetic!)

Comments

Kepi

Level 6

Great job with the kids! Must be alot of fun for them!

Sounds like a great yn program! Cookies are always a great energy boost, lol

RPSeitz

Level 4

Outstanding!!!!!!!

LNCS

Level 5

What a great educational experience for these kids.

"SUN"

Level 5

I think you and the club are doing a great job.

Longstrider

Level 6

Great programs you have. I agree with Pat, contact the Y'N. Dept. and see what you can come up with together. I like how the kids have actually currency in their hands to bid. Seems it makes it more life like, harder to hand it over as payment. Anything to get kids involved. Thanks for your work..

Just Mokie

Level 5

You have created such a wonderful program for your YNs, I am amazed at the creativity. I can't wait to hear about the auction and its results.

Pat

Level 6

The ANA has a huge auction for the kids in September with ever coin donated. They use kids money. They get so many dollars for being active in the site and doing projects. I admire what your doing and more people like you are needed. I suggest you call the ANA educational deprtment. They could win some beautiful coins. It's even live in this site. I hope you all have a good time. And they also have monthly auctions.for the kids. Good luck with yours. I hope you all have a great time. It's a great idea.

PastorK7354

Level 4

Blessings for this awesome service for our youth.....

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