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Boy Scout Dollar Event at ANA Convention
March 16, 2010

The Boy Scouts and the U.S. Mint are going to kick off the new Scouting centennial commemorative silver dollar next week in appropriate fashion and, I hope, it will be in front of an audience that appreciates it.

A ceremony has been slated to be held next week in conjunction with the American Numismatic Association’s National Money Show in Fort Worth, Texas.

It will be held at 9:30 a.m. on March 27 with Mint Director Ed Moy joining America’s Chief Scout Executive Robert J. Mazzuca.

Also attending will be a scout who has earned the coin collecting merit badge and it is planned that there will be a short video from Honorary Chairman Bill Sessions.

How long plans for this particular ceremony has been in the works, I cannot say. Since I first heard of it yesterday through scouting sources perhaps the idea is of recent vintage, say occurring after I suggested a Bureau of Engraving and Printing ceremony at the Fort Worth production plant timed to occur during the convention.

If my initial idea planted the thought, great. If not, it is a great idea. With so many collectors assembled in one place, many of whom have scouting backgrounds, it would simply be a shame to waste the opportunity.

Congratulations U.S. Mint and Boy Scouts of America.

I look forward to attending.

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About the Author
David C. Harper has been a coin collector since 1963. He joined the Krause Publications editorial staff in 1978 and is currently editor of Numismatic News and World Coin News. He also edits two books annually, North American Coins & Prices and Coin Digest. He is the author of the Class of '63 column that runs each week in Numismatic News. His first bylined numismatic article appeared in the June 1971 issue of Coins Magazine and his various Krause Publications assignments included a stint as editor of the magazine 1980-1983. Harper received a bachelor of science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in 1977. He had a double major of journalism and economics.

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