Coin Collecting For Kids

Coin collecting for kids is a wonderful opportunity for children to learn. It is a fun and exciting hobby for kids to at least get them off the television or the computer for a chance.

Each coin tells a story, the history of the countries around the world.  Some coins show the presidents or famous or historical figures.  Others tell about the specific landmarks, historical discoveries, plants, and animals that represent the place or the countries where that coin was made.
The US Mint has developed some great coin collections to help children discover their own country.  Children can always find many learning opportunities with the loose change they can find around the house, in the purse, underneath sofas or in their own piggy bank.
If you are helping a child to collect US coins, there are some coin basics you should know. Every U.S. coin has a mint mark, which tells us which U.S. mint it was made at. Today, coins are made in the U.S. mint in Philadelphia or at the other two branch mints in Denver and San Francisco. If your coin was made in Philadelphia it will have the mint mark “P” stamped on it, “D” for Denver, or “S” for San Francisco.Every U.S. coin has a date on it, which represents the year it was made at the mint. On each U.S. coin you will see the words: “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA” which is required to be on all coins that are made in the U.S.   Each U.S. coin also has the motto: “E PLURIBUS UNUM” which is Latin for “ONE OUT OF MANY”.   Each U.S. coin also has the designer’s initials, which is the person who created the design on the coin.

Some ideas for helping kids with a coin collection

Start them off by staying focus on collecting one type of coin. Collect only pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters or coins made in or after certain year, like their birth year.
Collecting the Lincoln pennies is probably the cheapest and easiest way for a young kid. Penny can be found lying around the house easily.
On the front of the penny is a picture of Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States, since 1909.  This penny was the first U.S. coin to have a picture of the president on it. On the back of the penny if made after 1959, there is a picture of the Lincoln Memorial.  If it was made prior to 1959, you might find two strands of wheat instead of the memorial.
There is penny-collecting album like this one here for your kid to start a penny collection.  

The State Quarter Collection

Once the youngster is done collecting the penny album, they can start collecting the nickels, the dimes and the quarters.  The states quarters’ collection should be a lot of fun for young kid. A state quarter map shows a picture of each state in the U.S. and has a slot to insert the corresponding coin that was minted for that particular state.
This is a great and inexpensive way to the kids interested in the hobby and develops a life long interest.