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Rules for The Maryland Free-State Treasure Club monthly contest board.

MFSTC Monthly Contest Board
Maryland Free-State Treasure Club contest board

Every month members place items on the Board. 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. No seeded coins!

  2. There are four divisionsCoins and JewelryRelicsClub Favorite and Clad (quarters and up = total value) . Coins and Jewelry are divided into categories such as penny, nickel, dime etc. relics are 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. Number of prizes awarded has risen from three to four. Limit any one member to winning first place in just one category per meeting.

Point system:

  • 1st place in each category = 7 points
  • 2nd place in each category = 5 points
  • 3rd place in each category = 3 points
  • 4th place in each category = 2 points
  • 5th place in any category = 1 point

We will tally five places to account for having to possibly bump the first place winner who’s come in first in more than one category

Points awarded for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th places are: 7, 5, 3, 2, and 1. Players retain their point totals toward Hunter of the Year, despite any limitation imposed by the one first-place award per member per meeting rule.

  1. Monthly prizes for each division - When the points for each category are totaled for each name:
  • 1st place (most points) = 1 Silver half

  • 2nd Place = 1 Silver quarter

  • 3rd place = 2 Silver dimes

  • 4th place = 1 Silver dime

  • Club Favorite winner: Silver half

    Note: Tie breaks will only be used to determine first place. Tie break rules per category are as follow: - Club favorite - someone who didn’t enter an item and who didn’t vote casts the deciding vote, - Relics - the greater number of military buttons, or coin flip - Coins - oldest coin played on board, or coin flip - Clad - Quarters or higher

  1. Relic categories: Bullets, Buttons, and Plates must be Civil War period or before and must be military. The person with the most in each category will be 1st, 2nd most is second and 3rd most is third. The contest judge has final say on all entries in all categories.

  2. Jewelry category: All jewelry must be marked gold or silver, e.g. 14k, .925, etc. The person with the most Jewelry is first place, 2nd most is second and 3rd most is third.

  3. Coin category: Oldest dated coin in each category wins first place, 2nd oldest is second 3rd oldest is third place. All coins with no date must use the last year it was minted.

  4. Clad category: Quarters, halves and dollars only. Each participant may enter the clad they found in a plastic bag with the participant’s name and total value inside. No coins with lesser value than quarters.

  5. 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 half.

  6. 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. One (name) will be drawn at each meeting except December and recorded. Monthly winners along with members who volunteer for a yearly committee post will be eligible.The member whose name gets drawn at the December meeting will win a 1/10-oz gold coin.

  7. 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.

  8. Find of the Year: The Find of the year will be voted on 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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