Notable News (January 2-8, 2024)

Published January 9, 2024 | 1 min read

By Darcie Graybill

This week’s headlines include changes to the Boy Scouts Coin Collecting Merit Badge, the euro’s 25-year anniversary, and the first coin to be struck in 2024.

The Boy Scouts of America has revised the requirements needed to earn its Coin Collecting Merit Badge. These are the first major revisions made since the mid-2000s.

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Introduced on January 1, 1999, the euro celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. The euro currently serves as the official currency of 20 European Union nations.

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Legislation has been introduced to Congress for 2027 commemorative coins that will recognize the life and legacy of American baseball player and humanitarian Roberto Clemente.


The world’s first coin to be struck in 2024 celebrates space exploration. The Royal Australian Mint’s “Out of this World – Australia in Space” is also the first Aussie commemorative to feature the effigy of King Charles III on its obverse.

Photo: Royal Australian Mint