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20 Jul 2020

The "Better Late Than Never" LKNS Auction

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As an extracurricular activity of our school, the Legacy Knights Numismatic Society has been waiting for some word on back-to-school operational plans for the 2020-2021 school year. We finally got the official plan in writing today. Depending on how you feel about the pandemic and governmental and societal handling of it, the plans will either look like too much, not enough, or a reasonable approach under the circumstances. I believe our school is doing the best it reasonably can, and they do plan to return to the classroom in about a month. Of course this could change as the state and local situations and governmental requirements change. But if it's safe to get back to the classroom and safe to do sports activities again, then it isn't unreasonable to hold other extracurricular activities, as long as we pay attention to reasonable health precautions.
LKNS missed its 2019-2020 annual student members only auction because the school was closed for the pandemic. Ohio has been gradually reopening and the state has issued guidance for reopening schools. So that the faithful 2019-2020 members who worked throughout the years to earn KPC to spend at our auction aren't cheated out of that opportunity, We will start the 2020-2021 year by holding our 2019-2020 auction.We have a pretty good collection of auction items started, even though donations were hampered a bit by the pandemic (not being able to meet with people to promote the auction and receive donations, etc). Still we will do OK and have a good time with it.Hopefully we can even turn this into some energy for renewing memberships for the 2020-2021 year.
Normally we make the auction kind of a party. We like cookies (they are round and flat like coins), and we wash them down with some bottled water. This time though they will have to be served individually so that the kids aren't touching or breathing on other kids' cookies and water bottles when they get their own. It's possible we might have to skip those altogether... I hope not, because sugar-fueled bidding really makes for a great auction. :-)
We usually have the kids bid with paper Knights Payment Certificates denominated in pre-decimal British pounds sterling (pounds, shillings, and pence). We might skip the paper currency this year just to reduce handling it and passing it around. Instead, maybe we'll keep a list of credit for each student.
We will put all the auction items on a display table and allow them to be viewed but not handled by any but the auction hosts until the items are won. It's important to see the obverse and reverse of what you're buying, so we will still try to accommodate that.
We hold the auction in a large open room, so we will have plenty of tables, chairs, and space to spread everyone out around the room for social distancing. Plus, the kids are being encouraged to bring and wear masks for school (we will see how that goes). We can probably have their won items brought to them at their seat rather than have them walk past each other. Of course, they get excited and have a hard time sitting still, so maybe walking to the table and back would be better than not. (Hmmmm, might have to rethink the cookie-fueled bidding thing...)
Maybe this will be a good model for other meetings. With a little thought, clubs could find a way to meet in person again by employing some reasonable health precautions. Lots of clubs involve older people, so I wouldn't want to see any of them catch a virus; but a lack of social contact and loneliness is also taking a toll on people's mental health, and there's a link between the health of a person's mind and their body. So hopefully a safe, healthy balance can be found. If nothing else, we are all a little more aware of how germs spread and can practice good sanitation and hygiene habits in our daily lives.

Comments

Stumpy

Level 5

I am glad to see your involvement with the YNs. It is essential that we continue to do all we can to instill the love and support of this hobby. Checking the temps prior to entry, masks and social distancing is the way to go. Keep up the good works.

Mike

Level 7

What about the long 50 Frank French note. . I received a book. With real artifacts from real soldiers. Had everything including the 50.00 note. I searched and they did have them. These were given to everyone involved with D-Day the 6th of June.. My prize is what my mom in law left me. Three bills from Hawiee. Two good notes.. The thing about the Hawiee notes they are silver certs. They made 204,000. I wonder how many are left. Most were burnt in a crematorium. . Then they were shipped to a sugar plant in the Island. Being left to me is not value but the memories they bring to me. They were series 1935 A. Thanks.

Longstrider

Level 6

Good luck..

Glad to see some coin community events can still happen. I hope the kids still have fun even if it isn't the same as previous years.

I. R. Bama

Level 5

What a great activity for the kids. I'm glad there are those like you who are raising up a new generation of coin collectors... Hats off to you sir!

Mokie

Level 6

Our club met earlier this July, it was a small gathering with distancing and masks available for those who did not have one with them. The meeting went well but the attendees numbered only 9 and that certainly allowed for plenty of distance between us. I think our August meeting will be better attended but I am sure the need for social distancing and masks will remain. I suspect the PAN show in October will not be able to go forward. Pennsylvania and my own Allegheny County are having quite a large increase in cases and October, though it seems far away will be upon us in the blink of an eye. I noticed the Long Beach Expo, one of the biggies, has already cancelled their September show. That makes our show seem all the more threatened. Good Luck with your auction, I know student-members are going to love it, no matter how you manage it.

Mr_Norris_LKNS

Level 4

I am sorry to hear about all the cancellations as they come out; I know a lot of people depend on events like that. But it's hard to argue against protecting people's health because as they say in "Princess Bride" "If you haven't got your health, you haven't got anything!" Our club was making plans back in early March with a regional numismatic group to help out at their annual event this October. I believe they made the call back around April to cancel their October event. At the time I was scratching my head at making that call so early, not knowing how things would play out by fall... but now they look psychic. If several of their leadership turn out to be lottery winners I'll wonder what's up. :-)

Golfer

Level 5

Sounds like the coin auction activity will be a success despite whats going on. The LKNS must be a great coin club and have a good number of members? Our coin club met first week of July. We all wore masks and seats were spaced out. I think we did good trying to protect each other. Keep us informed on your LKNS and coin activity. Enjoy hearing what others are up to related to coin groups etc.

Mr_Norris_LKNS

Level 4

For 2019-20 school year, we had 28 student members! They are a great bunch of kids.

Mike

Level 7

Some clubs are meeting wearing mask and spreading out in the room. No handshaking. If you have a fever you don't get in. These simple things have helped many clubs meet latly. It makes sense to me. Here in N.Y. If I go to one of the 13 states were people are still getting sick. If I come back with it the government will not pay for your hospital stay. Thank God our numbers are still on a street dexline. With dining outside. Not for me it this heat. I wish you luck. It sounds like you have it under control great for you guys. We will beat this. All We Do is follow the supple rules. Mask,wash hands. Space. Continued good luck. !!

Mr_Norris_LKNS

Level 4

The nice thing about being an after-school program is, the school will have taken care of most of these issues earlier in the day (enforcing no-fever rules, masks if required, etc). But that was a good reminder, we have some homeschoolers join us for meetings, so we'll have to check with the school how they want to handle that (take temperatures, bring masks, etc). Thanks!

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