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24 Feb 2022

Block parties are fun!

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My insurance office is located in the Northcenter neighborhood of Chicago and I was invited to sponsor a block party for my neighbors, back in 2019. I decided to bring some world coins for the kids to search through and find a couple coins to keep. But of course there's always a hitch! The kids had to learn what country the coin was used in, and the denomination/value of the coin. That was a big challenge, but eventually the kids learned who Queen Elizabeth II was, or that Canada and Australia were both in the British Commonwealth.So after the kids got done exploring the world of numismatics, they were back at the bounce house for awhile, only to return later with a very sad story. While bouncing around, they had lost their new found treasure, and would it be OK if they picked out some replacements? Of course I agreed, and was happy to have them look through the coins again. Pretty soon the parents came over and shared stories of collecting statehood quarters and how their parents and grandparents had passed down coin collections.Well, hopefully I have given you a couple ideas, in case you are invited to a block party this summer, and have some world coins to share with your neighbors. Who knows, maybe the kids will start collecting coins? Or at least they will be more aware of the world around them and that money is different everywhere you travel. I remember one of the kids finding a Canadian quarter and asking me if Canada was very far away. I mentioned that it was about 6 hours from Chicago and that he could spend that quarter the next time he visited. Right away, he ran up to his dad and showed him the quarter and asked when they could go to Canada!

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28 Jan 2022

Networking outside of numismatics

Club Exchange | user_33663

So, I belong to several different professional and non-professional networks, and I rub elbows with a lot of professionals outside of numismatics. I meet new people all the time and have a chance to introduce myself. I'm not sure if this is typical for ANA members, but when I meet someone new I have to decide if I should tell them about my hobbies and interests, and include or exclude my numismatic activities. So far, I have been fairly open about my numismatic educational pursuits and invited people to local club meetings, shows, but a couple times I have have hesitated and not brought it up at all. This caused me to think!Most people I meet for the first time can't pronounce numismatics and have never thought about numismatics. So when I bring it up, I get a range of responses, from blank stares to puzzled looks to big smiles, and everything in between. This usually causes me to go into an elevator speech, taking 30 seconds to describe my own involvement in numismatics, and then ask if they have any experiences of their own. Again, I get a wide range of responses! "I used to collect coins when I was a kid", "my grandpa was a huge coin collector", "I collected state quarters back in the day". So, then it's my turn to come back with a response, validating their limited experience, or perhaps changing the subject if I get a blank stare. Once in a while, I will go on and on and on, and talk endlessly about numismatics, only to realize afterwards that I probably didn't leave a good impression. Perhaps I sounded a bit obsessed or maybe I shouldn't have mentioned higher value items that I own or want to acquire, and just talk about entry level coins and currency that you pull out of circulation.One of the networking groups I belong to is fairly well known, Rotary International. I posted about my coin collection there, and how I am trying to collect one coin from every country. That post was viewed by lots of Rotarians who also collect coins and currency from countries they visit. A couple Rotarians also asked for help in getting an appraisal on an inherited collection. Another networking group I belong to is Lunchclub, where you have a virtual lunch with a like minded professional. My chamber of commerce also has networking opportunities, as does my chorus, my alumni association, and various church activities. Lots of opportunities to bring up numismatics, but I'm still not sure if these are good opportunities for numismatic outreach, or if I am going down a rabbit hole that I shouldn't.Should I invite people I just met to a coin club meeting? Should I tell everyone about the next coin show? Should I tell people how I started collecting and what my collection is like nowadays? Or should I just let out a little hint and wait to see if they take the bait?Does anyone else bring up numismatics all the time, or perhaps you never bring it up unless they bring it up first?

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28 Dec 2021

Mobile apps like Nextdoor allow groups

Club Exchange | user_33663

I'd like to attract more people to numismatics by inviting them to shows and clubs, so I set up a numismatic interest group a few months ago using Nextdoor app, which is free. So far, 9 neighbors have joined the group.I post about coin club meetings and shows that I plan to attend, and photo of coins that I find interesting.If you live in a populated area and want to promote numismatic community, mobile apps could be the answer.Yelp is another mobile app that I've used for free, but I have not tried putting my local coin club on there, yet!Of course there are a lot of other free apps out there (ZINGR, Whaller, Meetup, Citysocializer, Social Radar, for example)Anyone else using mobile apps to promote numismatic community?

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24 Dec 2021

ILNA Youth Associate Program

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The Illinois Numismatic Association (ILNA) started a Youth Associate Program (YAP) in 2019, but with all the shutdowns it has been a challenge to develop! We did find 4 YN's ages 10-17 and matched them with Sponsors, for mentoring and guidance.For 2022, we're going to relaunch the program with a new opportunity, but I would like your feedback, as we're still in the development stage.Here’s the idea, tell me what you think:

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11 Dec 2021

Numismatic educational opportunities

Coins in the Classroom | user_33663

In 2019 I applied to be an adjunct instructor at the College of DuPage, Lifelong Learning Institute (LLI), teaching a class titled “Exploring Numismatics”. The pandemic caused the campus to close, but I was able to create a virtual classroom using Zoom. I’ve run several virtual classes since then and being online has been both effective and a great convenience for all concerned. For 2022, I have decided to expand my classes to include Harper College, and also to invite local coin club members to help with the class. There are lots of ways that local coin club members can help! What I’m doing, other numismatically inclined educators/collectors can duplicate, or support. There are more than 400 LLI that operate in all 50 states: A-Directory-of-Lifelong-Learning-Institutes.pdf (northwestern.edu).

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11 Nov 2021

Coin Collecting Class

Coin Shows | user_33663

Hey there!Any other ANA members offering coin collecting classes to their community?I've been doing it for 4 years and it's been OK, but now I started offering the class on Zoom, and I am getting more interest.I usually set up education tables at coin shows around Chicago area, and give out flyers advertising the coin collecting class. We also do some networking with local schools and libraries.Anyway, reach out to me if you are a numismatic educator and do any events or classes in your community.John Kent773-259-0838

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