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Scout seminar held in Garfield Heights

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John Karpinski of the Garfield Heights Coin Club conducts an educational seminar to members of Cub Scout Troop 137 and their parents.

The Garfield Heights, Ohio, Coin Club hosted Cub Scout Pack 137, from St. John Lutheran Church of Garfield Heights for a coin collecting seminar held at the Civic Center Feb. 15.

About 15 children and their parents attended a 45-minute session led by club member John Karpinski, who was assisted by fellow member Neal Gower and his son, Josh, an Eagle Scout himself.

John Karpinski shared a number of fun facts about coins and money to convey the message that coins can teach us about art, history, mathematics, economics and personal finance.

He also described the basics of collector knowledge, the where and how coins are minted.

Then he offered quick overviews of other topics:

• Coin terminology
• Building your own coin collection
• How to start your own Lincoln cent collection
• The difference between silver and clad coins and their values
• Coins rarely seen today, like the golden dollar and Kennedy half dollars
• Condition and care of coins
• Counterfeits
• Local coin shops, clubs and other collecting resources, which would help in ongoing numismatic study.

At the end of the meeting all the Scouts received a number of free coins and coin collecting gifts from the club as well as material donated by the U.S. Mint.

Among the many free items the Scouts were given 1950s wheat cents.

The GHCC, founded in 1948, is the largest coin club in Northeast Ohio and meets at 6:30 p.m. on the third Wednesday of every month at the Civic Center, 5407 Turney Road, Garfield Heights.

This article was originally printed in Numismatic News. >> Subscribe today.

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