Coin collecting is a hobby that people all over the world like
to do. People who collect coins are called numismatists.
Some reasons why people collect coins are:
1. They like the designs
2. They buy coins that
will rise in value as an investment.
3. They are interested in
the history of coins.
The really good thing
about coin collecting is that you don’t need a lot of money to do
it. Sure, there are coins that cost millions of dollars to buy, but you
can start a collection with only a little money.
your collection, you will need some equipment. You will need:
The best way that a
kid can start a coin collection is to go through the
coins that you see around the house. Sometimes
people save lots of coins in jars so that is a first
place to look. Kids can go to garage and yard sales to
find coins. If someone you know is traveling
outside of the country, ask him/her to bring back coins
from the places he/she visits. If there is anything
that catches your eye, save it. Look for coins
that are different in some way. An example of this
wheat pennies that were made in
the United States from 1909 to 1958.
They have Abraham Lincoln on the front
and a wheat design on the back. People save them because
they aren’t being made anymore and they have a nice design.
Other coins that are collected a lot are state
quarters. The mint asked each state to tell them
what they would like on a coin that would represent
their state. The mint artists/engravers took this
information and drew a couple of different designs that
were approved for production by the United States
collectors save coins and make collections from them.
They might like world coins, so there would be coins
from all over the world in the collection. Maybe
they only like American coins so the collection would
only include those. Maybe there are only coins
made during the Second World War in a collection.
There are so many kinds of collections
you can make but it might take you a long time to figure out which coins
you like the best.
to see how many coins the people at our school would be willing to share
with us. We put a note in our weekly newsletter and also on our school
website asking parents to send foreign money into school. Envelopes
started to come in and we saw so many different coins from all around
the world! There were coins with holes in the middle, odd shaped coins,
and others that had pretty designs. We were sorry that we had to return
You can see the collection by
place to go for coin advice is to a coin club or a hobby shop.