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30 Aug 2022

Legacy Knights Numismatic Society Starts 7th Season

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The Legacy Knights Numismatic Society kicked off its seventh season of after-school activities at Legacy Christian Academy, Xenia, Ohio yesterday with a Membership Signup Session in the school library. Parents picking up their 3rd through 6th grade students were invited to park and come inside to ask questions, complete forms, pay dues, sign up for an upcoming field trip, order t-shirts, and meet the Club Coordinator. The LCA students were joined by several local homeschool students. 20 members so far are joining us for this year, some of which are returning members and some of which are brand new to our club. We expect to pick up a few more members as signups remain open, but 20 is a good turnout. We are excited and looking forward to a great year!Our after-school signup event prior to our first official meeting has been a breakthrough for our club. We tried it first last year and it was such a success, we will continue doing it this way. We will of course still accept late-joining members each year, but taking care of this administrative work gives us a great idea of how much to prepare for the rest of the year: planning activities, buying supplies, sending in ANA YN memberships, etc. It also gives us a jump on collecting dues, t-shirt orders, etc., so that we can make all of the above available to our members sooner than later. Plus, our first official meeting can be spent as a real meeting, rather than standing in line turning in applications, etc.We have some fun activities planned already: Our first official club meeting is September 19. Club meetings are normally the last Monday of the month (except December and May)... but this September we had to change that for a schedule conflict. Instead, we are planning to take a tour of Osborne Coinage and Mint in Cincinnati, America's oldest private mint! Some of our students' parents may remember using tokens when visiting Chuck-E-Cheese pizzerias in the 1990s; those were made by Osborne. Some of our students' great-grandparents may remember using blue and red OPA tokens during WW2 as ration points; those were made by Osborne. The company's name and ownership have changed periodically over the generations (it was originally Z. Bisbee Co.), but it's been there ever since 1835. We hope to see original dies from Abraham Lincoln's presidential campaigns (as well as a couple other famous Presidents) and see how coins and tokens are made, from design to production!Of course we will have guest speakers, a Christmas party, our annual LKNS anniversary party, and our end-of-the-year auction, as well as some activities to teach us about minting, grading, identification, and other related subjects. We *might* even get started on another LKNS coin this year! You can follow the fun on our club's Facebook page.I highly encourage everyone to get involved in a club... and if you don't have one, look for ways to start one. It's a great hobby, and better when you can share it.

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