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Rules for the Monthly Contest Board,
Leg-of-Gold, and Find of the Year

Contest Board

The Contest Board is an educational tool. Every month members place unique items on the Board and sometimes lively discussions ensue. It is also a means to win silver coins based on a point system assigned to the items. The points are awarded by our Contest Board Judge.

The rules are as follows:

1) You must be a member of the Maryland Free-State Treasure Club to enter the Contest Board. All items placed on the Contest Board MUST be found either within the last month or since the last month that the Contest Board was available. Each item is accompanied by a tag bearing the member's name.

2) There are three divisions: Coins and Jewelry, Relics, and Club Favorite. Coins and relics are divided into categories such as penny, dime, etc. and bullets, buttons, etc. Jewelry is a category under Coins and Jewelry. The Club Favorite may be any interesting item that does not fit into the categories.

3) You may enter only one item in each category, and in the Club Favorite.

4) Point system:

     A. 1st place in each category = 5 points
     B. 2nd place in each category = 3 points
     C. 3rd place in each category = 1 point

5) Monthly prizes for each division:    

     When the points for each category are totaled for each name:
          1st place (most points) = Silver quarter
          2nd Place = 2 Silver dimes
          3rd place = 1 Silver dime

     Club Favorite winner: Silver Quarter

6) Relic categories Bullets, Buttons, and Plates must be Civil War period or before and must be military. The contest judge has final say on all entries in all categories.

7) Jewelry category: All jewelry must be marked gold or silver, e.g. 14k, .925, etc.

8) Coin category: All coins with no date must use the last year it was minted.

9) Club Favorite: Members present at each meeting are eligible to vote for the Club Favorite. The find with the most votes will win a silver quarter. In the event of a tie, both finds will win a silver quarter.

10) Leg-of-Gold: Members present at each meeting are eligible to enter the Leg-of-Gold contest. A member will enter their name on a piece of paper and place it in the Leg-of-Gold container. The Leg-of-Gold prize of a 1/10-oz gold coin will go to the first member in good standing whose name gets picked 3 times. One entry (name) will be drawn at each meeting and recorded.

11) Members in good standing who cannot attend a meeting are still eligible to enter their finds on the Contest Board via another member; however, proxy voting is not permitted.

12) Find of the Year: The Find of the year will be voted at the December meeting. A member may enter 1 item that was displayed on the Contest Board during the current year only. Members will vote for the entries to decide the winner.


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