​​Welcome to the Official Site of The Ocala Coin Club!

Not only are the hand painted reward of merit cards from this early era are uncommon and highly prized, as most would be considered American folk art in nature.  Beginning in the early to mid 1800's, rewards of merit became less religious and pious in nature, gearing themselves more toward children's topics, games, child scenes, and patriotic flags and eagles, especially those printed at the time of the American Civil War.

There were also actual material objects for rewards, such as sterling medals, cups, spoons, knives, mugs, porcelain ABC dishes and pitchers, etc. These pieces are unusual and difficult to find, and are highly collectible today.  Come learn about "Rewards of Merit" at our June Meeting! 

What a great evening in May!  Our OCC meeting on May 28 brought a power point presentation about potential books for our personal libraries, news about our F.U.N. bus trip on July 11, ability to purchase a 2020 Red Book, and the opportunity to purchase a "green shirt" with our club's logo for $15.  Our auction consisted of 17 consignors with over 150 items up for bid.  We anticipate a great summer at our OCC monthly meetings on the 4th Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.​

 Trent Stukes

OCC's Graduating High School Y.N. 

Bus Trip:  Summer F.U.N. in Orlando

Thursday, July 11th; Cost:  $10 

Ride from either Motel 6 or Wildwood Plaza;

We have 55 seat-bus with people signing up each month.  ​Make your reservation at OCC, North Lake, or Buffalo clubs.

Please keep us informed of any club member who is hospitalized, who is ill, or needs encouragement for health or other reasons.    

We express our sympathy to Mike Grundza upon the passing of his brother. 

​With sadness, we need to let you know that Rick Pearson passed away last Monday morning (6/4) in his sleep.  He has been a member for many years and had a corner table at our show.  Thank you for keeping us informed of those hospitalized or ill.  We share the joys and griefs of life with our members.   If you have news or info, please Email the club.​​

​​OUR JUNE 25th MEETING LOCATION: 
MOTEL 6 Conference Center
Route 27 & I-75, Exit 354
3810 Blitchton Road, Ocala Florida 34482

The Next Board Meeting of 2019:   July 2nd, 
​at Stevi B's Pizza Buffet
3101 SW 34th Ave.,  ​Ocala 34477
6:00 p.m. order dinner on your own tab. 
​Meeting begins 6:30 p.m. All  club members are welcome to join us for the Board meeting and everyone attending is expected to purchase food in exchange for use of the room without rent.

To join NBS or renew your annual membership, see:
http://www.coinbooks.org/ about/membership.html

The Numismatic Bibliomania Society (NBS) is an educational association founded in 1979 to support and promote the use and collecting of numismatic literature. Numismatic literature includes books, periodicals, catalogs and other written or printed material relating to coins, medals, tokens, or paper money, ancient or modern, U.S. or worldwide.

WE HAVE A NEW NEWSLETTER: 

Dino Millucci has published the second Issue of a new newsletter. You can get yours at:

ocalacc.ads@aol.com

This is an opportunity to list your extra items, see what else is for available, and see the ads sponsored by others.  It's a new item for our club members, Northlake and other clubs to buy and sell.  Business cards (one size ad is $10/year.  Classifieds are free.  Include items for sale, wanted, jobs, rides, etc.

​Submit to ocalacc.ads@aol.com or fax to 866.476.9238

Ocala Coin Club membership is $10 per year! JOIN or RENEW your membership in the Ocala Coin Club.  You can put coins in the auction, reserve seats on the bus for coin shows, and you can participate in all the club activities!  See the Membership Chairman Jim Niccum at any monthly meeting.  We have 106 members so far in 2019.

Our hobby thrives on our participation!

Click here to see Stevi B's menu.

We now have 106 members this year - and we have 16 former members who have not renewed their membership for 2019.  Please renew your OCC Membership for this year!

​Thank you!  -Jim Niccum, Membership Chair.

Not only did ​Trent graduate from Crystal River High School on Tuesday evening May 28, with top honors, he was also one of the class graduation speakers!  He is a very interesting member.


​Having served four years on the Superintendent's Student Advisory Council, earning a regular membership in the National Honor Society for grades 11 &12,  and school Leadership Team, and all four years on "Blue Sea," the school's Spirit Club, Trent had a full and satisfying high school adventure!  ​Trent earned his varsity letter in Soccer (all 4 years), the school's golf team (all 4 years), and Tennis (all 4 years) and celebrated as a State Contender in 9th, 11th, & 12th.  Trent ran Cross Country and lettered in both 11th & 12th, and Track in 11th.


​More than an athlete, Trent was voted Mr. CRHS, "Most Likely to Brighten Your Day," "Most School Spirited," and Prom King!  Not a small pedigree for a YN who also attended the ANA Summer Seminar in Colorado Springs!


​Trent is headed to the University of North Florida in Jacksonville to study in the Sports field in Sports Business / Sports Management program.   His grandparents are Harry & Chris Eck

To congratulate Trent personally: soccerguy@tampabay.rr.com

Click on APMEX name to see latest gold & silver values!  ​

Our Next Program - June 25th - ​"Rewards of Merit"


Pete LaComb, Past President of the Greater Jacksonville Coin Club, and an avid collector of Rewards of Merit, will be our presenter for our June program.  He will speak about the variety of the Rewards of Merit that are collectible today. 

During the Victorian Era, school children were given paper ephemeral rewards for good behavior, called a Reward of Merit. The top of the card usually reads "Reward of Merit," with the well behaved students name written below, followed by the signature of the teacher who issued the reward. A family may have saved these tokens of merit and recognition throughout the years.  Often pasted into the popular Victorian era scrapbook albums to show a child's achievement, and performance at school, rewards were given by a teacher to a student for punctuality, attendance, proper and good right conduct, Sunday school work with younger students, and overall signs of improvement in the early 19th century one room schoolhouse curriculum.

In 1780, Robert Raikes (1735-1811) an editor of the Gloucester Journal, opened his first Sunday school in Massachusetts. He began a reward of merit system to maintain discipline, appropriate behavior and good and punctual attendance. It is said he walked the back streets of Gloucester one Sunday afternoon to find hundreds of idle, and often misbehaving children. He then had an idea to bring this young population into a better relationship with God and themselves. Within a short time, he opened four large schools in Gloucester, and when the Sunday school concept soon took hold, it spread like wildfire across a pioneer America.

Ocala Coin Club is a proud member club of the

  • American Numismatic Association

Member Club for 50 years

  • Florida United Numismatists Member Club

The Ocala Coin Club of Ocala, Florida is formed as an educational organization promoting the perpetuation of numismatic study and fellowship for dealers, collectors, educators, and others interested in coins, currencies, and exonumia.