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18 Nov 2020

LKNS Featured on Coin World Podcast

Young Numismatists Exchange | Mr_Norris_LKNS

Hello all!Just wanted to let you all know that yours truly was recently interviewed by Jeff and Chris of Coin World Magazine's podcast last week, and that the podcast was published today! If you would find amusement in hearing me talk about the Legacy Knights Numismatic Society and answer Jeff and Chris's questions about our history, what we do, and where we're going, CLICK HERE to get to the podcast, then give it a listen.Jeff and Chris start out with a discussion on the US Mint's activities recently regarding the WW2 Victory coin issues; the LKNS portion starts a little less than halfway through. However, I would encourage you to listen to the whole podcast, as they offer a good discussion of the Mint topic that seems to have so many collectors annoyed. In fact, the Coin World podcast features lots of good topical discussions and interviews. One of my favorites is their interview with Fred Schwan, someone I consider a numismatic influencer for his work with WW2 numismatics and military numismatics in general. Scroll through their episode listing and see what interests you. Make your commuting time more fun and useful by learning more about your favorite hobby.

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02 Nov 2020

New LKNS Season Off and Running

Club Exchange | Mr_Norris_LKNS

The first Legacy Knights Numismatic Society meeting of the 2020-2021 school year is in the books. We were able to register 20 members, and although we would have room for a few more, I am very happy. Given how the pandemic has impacted how people think about social gatherings, 20 kids in an after school program is great. It's actually right in the middle of our membership average over the years since we've started. Maybe the pandemic is not as much a factor on our numbers as is the fluctuation in class sizes of eligible grades from year to year. I'll have to look into that.We started out with an introduction to LKNS for the benefit of our several new members, and as a review for the returning members who hadn't been to a meeting in a long time due to the cancellation of the last three months of in-person school events last year. Some things could be dry, especially for kids, but if you keep them involved as you go through, and break it up with a few giveaways here and there, you can hold their attention awhile longer.Normally we give out Red Books to our new members. They are usually not current year Red Books; we ask for donations of Red Books from people who want to upgrade to the latest year, because it's not so much the latest prices that we need from these books as much as the information, grading guides, mintage figures, etc. that you can find in a Red Book. I like the size of the Red Books because our students can throw one in their school bookbag without taking up too much space or adding too much weight. Because we haven't been meeting with other coin clubs, we haven't been able to gather second-hand Red Books like we used to. But we have a month to get some.\Next month we have a special presentation about elongated coins for our meeting. The Elongate Collectors Club (TEC) provided this lesson plan to us through a Miami Valley Coin Club member who attended one of the national ANA shows. They made a nice donation of some souvenir elongated cents so that every member could have a couple. I also managed to find a couple of 100+ lots of elongated cents on eBay for a great price. You see these machines across the country but you don't realize how many there are until you start looking on places like www.pennycollector.com and sorting through them by state. They are most common in zoos, museum gift shops, and other local tourist attractions. The National Museum of the US Air Force isn't far from our school and they have 3 machines producing a dozen designs. Kings Island has machines all over the park it seems. The retired designs are fun to find. I managed to find the last retired design of the NMUSAF (back when it was called the USAF Museum) that I was missing: The Apollo 15 capsule. Now I believe I have the complete "official" collection (I've come across a few others but I don't know if they were actually made at the AF museum or not).It's so much fun seeing the kids getting interested in something, learning, and having fun together over a common interest. I'd encourage anyone who loves kids first, numismatics second, to consider starting a YN club at your local school. Schools need volunteers to help interest the kids in learning and developing their minds. Numismatics definitely supports a good well rounded education through all the connections to history, science, math, economics, languages, and cultures. Put together your idea for a club and approach your local school administration. You should have a good basic knowledge of numismatics to start a club, but you do not have to be a professional at it or even know all the answers. You will learn with the kids! Being an organized person in your planning helps (I'm not great at that but am learning). Being organized in running meetings helps too, but when dealing with kids, you can't let a little chaos get in the way of having a good time! Know going in that the kids have limits to their attention span... structure is good, tyranny is not. You'll have to keep them engaged by keeping it simple, keeping it moving, and keeping them actively engaged.But always remember, the kids are more important than the coins.If you believe that, you will make a good club coordinator.What's most important to them is that you care about them, and will make a safe place for them to have fun while learning. They will surprise you with what they learn!

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23 Oct 2020

Starting A New Year For A YN Club

Young Numismatists Exchange | Mr_Norris_LKNS

The first official meeting of the Legacy Knights Numismatic Society for the 2020-2021 school year is scheduled for Monday, October 26.After missing the last 3 meetings of last year, it's going to be good to be able to return to somewhat normal... however, even normal isn't quite the same with pandemic rules.

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04 Sep 2020

After Action Report: the "Better Late Than Never" LKNS Auction

Club Exchange | Mr_Norris_LKNS

On Monday, August 31, the Legacy Knights Numismatic Society held its annual Student Members Only Year End Auction for our 2019-2020 school year members.Normally the auction would have happened in May towards the end of the school year, after the students had earned a school-year's worth of Knights Payment Certificates, or KPC, for their participation, to use for bidding in the auction. However, the pandemic threw a wrench in that when the school closed its doors for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. Fortunately I was able to stay in touch with our members and parents through email, Facebook, the school e-newsletter, telephone, and the US Postal Service. Our student members were given a summer extension to complete projects normally due in May, which allowed several to earn LKNS medals as well as additional KPC for the auction. Activities were logged and KPC awarded, and auction items were catalogued so the students could plan their bidding.

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17 Jun 2020

Medieval Die Maker Demonstrates His Craft

Coins | Mr_Norris_LKNS

Rudiger the Moneyer (a.k.a. Mr. Carson Engle) was the medieval moneyer who created our club's first coin die set in 2018. I documented the process of getting a medieval-style hammered coin made for our club in my blog here at the time. Now Mr. Engle has produced a video demonstrating the die carving process from a blank piece of prepared steel bar stock to a finished die. Follow this link to see the video. You may be surprised at how many steps there are; or you may be pleased when you see some of the techniques that confirm in your mind what you had guessed was involved in certain steps. For anyone interested in the diemaking process, or would just enjoy seeing a miniature work of art come to life, this is for you. (Click this link to be taken to YouTube.)

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27 Jan 2020

Some YN Fun with Countermarking

Coins | Mr_Norris_LKNS

Been awhile since I've posted anything, but the Legacy Knights Numismatic Society had a pretty good meeting today and I thought I'd share.Earlier this school year, the Numismatic Knights heard from Mr. Bradley Karoleff, a regional coin dealer near us as well as a contributor to the Red Book, particularly noted for his knowledge on Spanish Colonial coinage. One aspect of Spanish Colonial coinage that has always interested me (aside from their being "pirate money") is the fact that these coins, minted in the New World, ended up being used as money to the far-flung corners of the earth. Proof of this is noted in the "chop marks" they received from being used in trade in the Far East, as well as the countermarks placed on them by other nations. I particularly like to see the 8 reales coins that have King George III of England 's portrait punched into the portrait of King Charles of Spain.UK large pennies have been out of circulation for some time. I came upon a quantity of extremely worn and/or cleaned examples that would make good media for trying our own countermarking. I contacted our medieval die maker, Mr. Carson Engle, to see if he could make us a punch with a design reminiscent of our school mascot, the Knight. He said he'd made punches before and would be glad to try. After awhile I received a punch in the mail. I must say, he did a good job for such a small area on which to work. Our mascot's helm and plume create an unusual shape if you include the space around it for a punch, so we opted not to go with a rectangular or oval shape, but more of a sideways diamond. In the photo accompanying this post, you can see the result of a decent strike. I swung the four pound hammer for the students to avoid smashed fingers on anyone's part. I'm no pro at it but I got some decent strikes. You can see the helm with its facemask and the plume flowing from the top to the rear of the helm.The kids enjoyed the activity and the counterstruck coins. While some were watching their penny get countermarked, the rest spent their time filling their Whitman Lincoln Cent No. 2 blue folders by searching donated wheat cents. They managed to search a few thousand coins in about an hour; next time they will already have them sorted by year to try filling in any remaining holes in their folders. All in all it was a very good meeting.

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01 Nov 2019

New Year for the Legacy Knights Numismatic Society

Club Exchange | Mr_Norris_LKNS

Our young numismatists' club operates during the academic school year, so our club "new year" starts each September. Although we communicate a little over the summer, the active portion of our club year endswith our Awards Ceremony onthe last day of school, which is usually near the end of May. Our members earn medals during the school year for achieving certain levels of participation, and we present them before the entire elementary school. This is a great way to recognize our dedicated members, and serves as a great recruitment tool for the next school year.

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21 Aug 2019

LKNS Coins Certified By NGC

Young Numismatists Exchange | Mr_Norris_LKNS

The Legacy Knights Numismatic Society is very pleased to announce that our 2018-2019 club coins have been certified and graded by the National Guaranty Corporation and added to the NGC census!

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11 Feb 2019

The LKNS Collection!

Medieval Coins | Mr_Norris_LKNS

Although it is apparently very difficult to get really good pictures with my iPhone, I thought I'd post a few pictures of the LKNS coins in their display boxes and holders. Transline has some nice display boxes for sale, which when used in combination with coin capsules, makes for a very nice presentation.

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27 Jan 2019

Encouraging Young Numismatists

Young Numismatists Exchange | Mr_Norris_LKNS

Every so often our activities and mission strike a chord with a more experienced numismatist, and he or she is inspired to help, whether that's with making a presentation on a numismatic topic at a meeting, volunteering time or resources to help with projects, or donating funding or materials.

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