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Haunting Halloween Lore

Have a Happy Halloween

Check out the chilling part coins have played in the world of the gruesome.

Costume Quiz

You can help the H.I.P. Pocket Change Pals get dressed up for Halloween!

Each of them has a coin clue that will help you guess his or her costume. Every time you pick the right answer, they put their costume on! Put your cursor on the coins to see the other sides.

Plinky

I picked my costume because of the Queen Isabella quarter.  Our country made this coin in 1893, 401 years after Columbus landed in America.  But since I'm too young to be a queen, I picked the costume of a ______!

 
 
 
Plinky the Mint Pig
1893 Queen Isabella commemorative quarter
1893 Queen Isabella commemorative quarter

Inspector Collector

When I picked my costume, I was thinking of the Smithsonian Institution silver dollar of 1996.  You know how I love museums!  The Smithsonian has a wonderful coin display.  It also has a great dinosaur display!  That made me think of dressing up like a ______ man.

 
 
 
Inspector Collector
1996 Smithsonian Institution commemorative silver dollar
1996 Smithsonian Institution commemorative silver dollar

Goldie

I like the coin that honors the people who fought in World War II.  It reminds me of the ladies who served the country back then by working in factories.  That made me want to dress up as a _____________.

 
 
 
Goldie the Mint Goldfish
1991 World War II 50th anniversary commemorative dollar
1991 World War II 50th anniversary commemorative dollar

Flip

I got the idea for my costume from my trip to France in Coins of the World.  A story by Alexandre Dumas about some brave swordsmen takes place in France in 1625...the story of the Three _________.

 
 
 
Flip the Mint Seal

Bill

What got me thinking about my Halloween costume?  It was a fifty-cent coin about saving the Battlefields of the Civil War.  The coin was made to honor the brave men who fought there.  That's why I picked the uniform of a Civil War Union ________.

 
 
 
Bill the Mint Buffalo
1995 Civil War Battlefields Preservation commemorative half dollar
1995 Civil War Battlefields Preservation commemorative half dollar

Nero

The idea for my costume came from a dollar coin.  The coin was minted in 2002 to celebrate the birthday of a school for soldiers...a military academy.  The school was 200 years old.  I guess it's natural for a guard dog to want to dress as a West Point _______.

 
 
 
Nero the Mint Police Dog
2002 West Point Military Academy 200th anniversary commemorative dollar
2002 West Point Military Academy 200th anniversary commemorative dollar

Peter

I love the Ohio quarter.  It shows the first airplane and an astronaut.  How far we've come since the days when only creatures with wings could fly!  Although I can fly, I can't fly into space!  So I decided to dress like an __________.

 
 
 
Peter the Mint Eagle
2002 Ohio quarter
2002 Ohio quarter

Halloween Coin Purses (Instructions For Parents)

Making Halloween coin purses is a fun project you can do with your kids and a neat way to serve up numismatic niceties.

  1. Print these pumpkin and ghost shapes on regular or construction paper and cut off the bottom lines.
  2. Fold a piece of construction paper in half and put a shape on it with the bottom along the fold.
  3. Hold the shape in place.
  4. Cut the shape out along the line, but don't cut the fold.  After the shape is cut out, you can make more by tracing the shape onto the construction paper.
  5. Glue along the sides, leaving an opening at the top like a coin purse.
  6. Decorate the purses with crayons, markers, or more construction paper shapes.  Put a few pennies in each holder and give them as treats on October 31.

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