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.