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Atlantic County Numismatic Society can put a bit of history into your hand

February 13, 2013 in Coins, Collecting, Gold, Gold Coins, History, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatics, Silver, Silver Coins, USA Coins, World Coins

By CAITLIN HONAN, Staff Writer (http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com)

A coin, so often jingling at the bottom of a bag or buried under layers of sand, carries a world of meaning beyond its simple monetary value – at least to the Atlantic County Numismatic Society, a nationally recognized group of coin collectors who meet the first Wednesday of every month at the Linwood Public Library.

But for the society, it’s not about “putting coins into holes in a chart.” It’s about learning the history, the design and the economics behind each piece.

“It’s history you can hold in your hand,” the society’s treasurer, Bill Klusaritz, often says, quoting an educational video on numismatics.

ACNS does not want its knowledge, along with its impressive collections, members said, to seem exclusive. The group hopes to spread its wisdom to include local middle schools, high schools and Scout troops – a task they’ve already begun.

“We are trying to introduce it to younger (people),” Jerry Francisco, ACNS president, said, noting that the goal of the society is “to show, to share (and) to trade.”

Recently, the region’s Boy Scouts, including Somers Point Troop 62 and Northfield Troop 72, teamed with the ACNS to acquire the Boy Scout coin-collecting merit badge.

“The merit badge exposes the Scouts to history, art, politics and the value of different metals, while teaching the patience of collecting,” Philip Holmer, a unit commissioner for the Jersey Shore Council of the Boys Scouts and member of the ACNS said.

The Scouts learn about grading, handling and determining the rarity and value of coins, the Northfield resident added.

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