In addition to the ideas listed above, here are some topics which have the potential for generating great discussions among young collectors.
How a coin is made
You may want to enliven your presentation with the United States Mint H.I.P. Pocket Change™ Web site's "Birth of a Coin"
cartoon for younger children...or, for older children, "How Coins Are Made."
American and foreign coins
Why are certain metal compositions used in American coins?
How are American coin designs decided on? Your members may enjoy and benefit from a discussion comparing American and foreign methods of producing coins.
The United States Mint
Consider giving the children a brief history of all the former and current United States Mint facilities and the type of work done at each one.
With a computer, you might use "Inside the United States Mint" or the "Historic Highlights" interactive timeline.
History and coins
Consider inviting your club's young members to make presentations about different periods of time and the coins that were used during those periods.
History of coins
Consider inviting your club's young members to pick a coin denomination and present its development over the years.
Organizing and caring for a collection
It's important to help beginning collectors understand what kinds of collections they can build (such as type, date, and theme) and how to best take care of the coins they purchase.
What should someone look for when buying a coin? Think about inviting experienced collectors to offer their advice at some of your club meetings.
How are coins graded? What contributes to a coin's value? Who can you turn to for grading assistance?
What do you look for in a coin? Do experienced collectors agree on the most desirable qualities?
Think about allowing your younger club members to explore and present information about types of numismatic items made for collectors such as
medals, proof coins, sets, and commemorative coins.
This fascinating extension of numismatics is sure to interest young collectors!
If appropriate, present the kinds of objects that fall into this category such as tokens, medals, badges, and medallions.
Learning about coins
What resources are available to help children learn about coin collecting? You could describe or show the kinds of books that help young collectors and discuss library resources.
A ready-made course
With a computer, you can spice up the collecting topics listed above with Inspector Collector's Coin Course,
a substantial five-lesson course with interactive activities built in.
If any of your coin club members are scouts, you might invite them to share how they earned or are earning a collecting badge.
Visit the Scouts' Corner to learn more about earning these badges.