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BSA releases color Coin Collecting Merit Badge Booklet
September 02, 2008

The 2008 Coin Collecting Merit Badge Booklet has just been released by the National Office of the Boy Scouts of America.

It now includes improved photos, many of which are in color. Some of the scout photos were taken at last fall's Long Beach Coin Expo, one even includes dealer Julian Leidman showing the scouts some nice coins!

I've been involved with the ANA's participation with the Coin Collecting booth at the Merit Badge Midway during the National Jamborees since 1981. Those opportunities made me the point person for both the ANA and the BSA to get a revision done in the requirements and booklet. That 2002 edition was the first major revision in requirements and the information booklet in over 25 years.

This 2008 revision of the Merit Badge booklet replaces the previous red-toped (two scouts on the cover) booklet which was introduced in 2002.

To stay current with the changes in U.S. circulation coinage, namely the introduction of the Presidential circulating dollars, some wording changes were needed to a few of the requirements so that these new coins can be included by scouts working on the badge. Councilors and troop leaders should be aware of these changes and start using the new requirements as soon as they can.

The booklet is in the familiar 8x5-1/2 size, and continues at 64 pages. It is BSA stock #35874, and ISBN 978-0-8395-3390-9-0. The list price at is $4.49 plus shipping.


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About the Author
George Cuhaj has been with the Krause Publications numismatic team since 1994. He is editor of the various editions of the Standard Catalog of World Coins and the Standard Catalog of World Paper Money. Prior to joining KP, Cuhaj was employed by the American Numismatic Society and Stack's Rare Coins, both of New York City. He is a Fellow in both the Royal Numismatic Society and the American Numismatic Society. He also is a life member and past board member of the International Bank Note Society. Cuhaj was elected an Allied Professional Member of the National Sculpture Society and has had his medallic work exhibited internationally.

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