Notable News (February 21-26, 2024)

Published February 26, 2024 | 1 min read

By Darcie Graybill

This week’s headlines include a numismatist’s milestone birthday, the unusual diet of an alligator at a Nebraska zoo, and the first Boy Scout to complete his Coin Collecting Merit Badge via the ANA’s eLearning program.

The Metropolitan Coin Club of Atlanta celebrated numismatist Bill Fivaz’s 90th birthday with camaraderie, reflections, and heartfelt tributes at its club meeting on February 17.

Photo: Richard Jozefiak

An alligator at the Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium in Omaha, Nebraska, had to undergo surgery to have 70 coins removed from the 36-year-old animal’s stomach. The coins had been thrown into the enclosure by zoo patrons.

Photo: Getty Images/Seetwo

A Boy Scout from California, Andrew Katsuyama from Troop 2131, is the first to complete the Coin Collecting Merit Badge developed by Walt Ostromecki via the ANA’s online eLearning virtual program and earn his badge.  

Photo: Getty Images/mikemcd

The Harriet Tubman Cultural Center in Columbia, Maryland, highlighted the Harriet Tubman Commemorative Coin Program and black women on coins at its 2nd Annual Black History Fest on February 24.

Photo: U.S. Mint