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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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20 Jul 2020

The "Better Late Than Never" LKNS Auction

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As an extracurricular activity of our school, the Legacy Knights Numismatic Society has been waiting for some word on back-to-school operational plans for the 2020-2021 school year. We finally got the official plan in writing today. Depending on how you feel about the pandemic and governmental and societal handling of it, the plans will either look like too much, not enough, or a reasonable approach under the circumstances. I believe our school is doing the best it reasonably can, and they do plan to return to the classroom in about a month. Of course this could change as the state and local situations and governmental requirements change. But if it's safe to get back to the classroom and safe to do sports activities again, then it isn't unreasonable to hold other extracurricular activities, as long as we pay attention to reasonable health precautions.LKNS missed its 2019-2020 annual student members only auction because the school was closed for the pandemic. Ohio has been gradually reopening and the state has issued guidance for reopening schools. So that the faithful 2019-2020 members who worked throughout the years to earn KPC to spend at our auction aren't cheated out of that opportunity, We will start the 2020-2021 year by holding our 2019-2020 auction.We have a pretty good collection of auction items started, even though donations were hampered a bit by the pandemic (not being able to meet with people to promote the auction and receive donations, etc). Still we will do OK and have a good time with it.Hopefully we can even turn this into some energy for renewing memberships for the 2020-2021 year.Normally we make the auction kind of a party. We like cookies (they are round and flat like coins), and we wash them down with some bottled water. This time though they will have to be served individually so that the kids aren't touching or breathing on other kids' cookies and water bottles when they get their own. It's possible we might have to skip those altogether... I hope not, because sugar-fueled bidding really makes for a great auction. :-)We usually have the kids bid with paper Knights Payment Certificates denominated in pre-decimal British pounds sterling (pounds, shillings, and pence). We might skip the paper currency this year just to reduce handling it and passing it around. Instead, maybe we'll keep a list of credit for each student.We will put all the auction items on a display table and allow them to be viewed but not handled by any but the auction hosts until the items are won. It's important to see the obverse and reverse of what you're buying, so we will still try to accommodate that.We hold the auction in a large open room, so we will have plenty of tables, chairs, and space to spread everyone out around the room for social distancing. Plus, the kids are being encouraged to bring and wear masks for school (we will see how that goes). We can probably have their won items brought to them at their seat rather than have them walk past each other. Of course, they get excited and have a hard time sitting still, so maybe walking to the table and back would be better than not. (Hmmmm, might have to rethink the cookie-fueled bidding thing...)Maybe this will be a good model for other meetings. With a little thought, clubs could find a way to meet in person again by employing some reasonable health precautions. Lots of clubs involve older people, so I wouldn't want to see any of them catch a virus; but a lack of social contact and loneliness is also taking a toll on people's mental health, and there's a link between the health of a person's mind and their body. So hopefully a safe, healthy balance can be found. If nothing else, we are all a little more aware of how germs spread and can practice good sanitation and hygiene habits in our daily lives.

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02 Jun 2019

Fundraising for our Club (Medieval Style Club Coin Fundraiser)

Club Exchange | Mr_Norris_LKNS

Well, we finally launched it.Club fundraising isn't simple, if my experience is typical... especially if you've never done it before.

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12 May 2019

KPC

Young Numismatists Exchange | Mr_Norris_LKNS

Our club operates primarily during the school year, as we are a school based club. We are blessed to receive donations from time to time and rather than distribute them willy nilly without regard to the students' interests, we hold a big student members only auction at the end of the year. Members earn auction money through participation all year long: meeting attendance, completing a project, giving a presentation, etc., all can earn them auction money. This encourages participation, makes it fun, and provides a good way to make sure the donated objects go to interested students... if they like it, they bid; if it's not their thing, they pass.

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27 Jan 2019

Encouraging Young Numismatists

Young Numismatists Exchange | Mr_Norris_LKNS

Every so often our activities and mission strike a chord with a more experienced numismatist, and he or she is inspired to help, whether that's with making a presentation on a numismatic topic at a meeting, volunteering time or resources to help with projects, or donating funding or materials.

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