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Boy Scout dollar event at ANA convention

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.