Board request-for-comments on mock "coinage" prompts clarification letter

Meg Baron, President of the SCA, says one of her recent request-for-comments messages has generated some confusion. Accordingly, she has issued an update and clarification letter.

Meg Baron writes:

Greetings unto the membership of the Society:

Yesterday, an explanation of the Policy on Coinage and Currency approved by the Board as SCA Inc. Corporate Policies XI at the January quarterly meeting was posted to this list. The message has engendered some confusion, and I wanted to take this opportunity to clarify.

I apologize for the USA-centric statement: "This policy does not mean that coins may not be minted as event site tokens or souvenirs. They add much to the atmosphere of events. However, this policy does mean that no individual or group may require that privately minted coinage (that is, anything not minted by the U.S. Treasury Department) be used or accepted as a form of payment for merchandise, services or fees of any kind at any SCA event." Of course, this should take into account those branches of the SCA Inc. located outside the US. Therefore, a more accurate statement would be:

This policy does not mean that coins may not be minted as event site tokens or souvenirs. They add much to the atmosphere of events. However, this policy does mean that no individual or group may require that privately minted coinage (that is, anything not minted by the applicable governmental agency) be used or accepted as a form of payment for merchandise, services or fees of any kind at any SCA event.

Nevertheless, it is important to note that this statement was merely explanatory in nature, and not actually a part of the policy. The portion of the the message that actually appears as Corporate Policies XI is as follows:

While the SCA, Inc. supports and encourages the study of period numismatics, it is not the policy of the SCA, Inc. to endorse or require the acceptance of privately minted coinage or other tokens at SCA-sanctioned events. The SCA, Inc. or its branches shall not require the acceptance of privately minted coinage or other tokens as payment for any goods or services at any SCA-sanctioned events. Any such transactions may be conducted at the discretion of the individuals involved, as with any other barter transaction. In such cases, compliance with applicable tax laws is the responsibility of the individuals.

I hope this explanation helps mitigate concerns.

Sincere regards,

Meg Baron
President, SCA Inc.

Comments are strongly encouraged and can be sent to:

SCA Inc.
Box 360789
Milpitas, CA 95036

You may also email comments@sca.org.

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