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National Coin Week

Happy National Coin Week 2014!  National Coin Week was started to help people get to know about numismatics…the hobby and study of coins and paper money.

In 1983, President Reagan set aside the third week in April as a time for people to think about coins.  Why?  Because collecting coins can help you learn about science, history, and important people, places, and events.  Besides, lots of people find that collecting coins is just plain fun!

This year's theme is “Coin and Country:  Celebrating Civic Service.”  What history can you learn from coins?  National Coin Week is a good time to find out…and H.I.P. Pocket Change is the perfect place!

Fitting Festivities

In 2014, National Coin Week will run from April 20 to 26.  Your H.I.P. Pocket Change Pals have picked an activity for you for each day of the week.  Join the fun by coming back each day to do each day's pick!

Since President Kennedy is linked with the “Coin and Country:  Celebrating Civic Service” theme this year, Peter thought it would be good to start the week off with some half-dollar information.  It was way back in September 2000 that Peter himself chose the Kennedy half dollar as the Coin of the Month. 

Another good place to find info on this coin is the fifty-cent coin page.  Learn whose image was on the half dollar just before Kennedy's, and what was on the back of the coin before the presidential seal. 

Like to color?  We thought so.  That's why today Goldie points the way to coloring pages for you! 

In keeping with the Kennedy connection to the Civic Service theme, look under “Other Circulating Coins” to find the coloring page for the fifty-cent coin, a coin that features John F. Kennedy's profile, to download, print, and color.  Then, to continue the theme, find other former presidents in the Presidential $1 Coin Resource Center.  There are already 32 presidents immortalized in coin.  That's a ton of coloring fun! 

Of course, the other free pages are still on the coloring pages page as well:  the H.I.P. Pocket Change Pals, circulating coins, Westward Journey Series nickels, and more.  With all these pages to color, you can color until you run out of crayons!  But don't worry; then you can go to Cents of Color or Painters' Studio and color quarters online! 

Have you taken Inspector Collector's Coin Course yet?  Its information will help you start and keep a solid collection and its fun detective cases will help you become a super coin sleuth! 

Today we'll start with Lesson One and work through to Lesson Five on the last day of National Coin Week.  Meantime, go through this lesson and see if you can solve all the cases.  After you watch “Birth of a Coin,” check out the short version called “ The Minting Process Revealed.” 

Lesson Two of the Coin Course is the dish that Nero serves on today's menu.  What kind of signs, symbols, and words are the “ingredients” that make up a coin and what do they mean?  Here's where you'll find out. 

As you look at the different parts, you may learn some new coin terms.  And here's a great game that's totally made of coin terms:  Mark My Words!  It's a word-find puzzle with six different batches of terms.  But after you play all six, you don't need to stop; every time you play, you'll find that the words are in different places! 


Ready for Lesson Three?  Here's where you start your collection by thinking about what kind of coins there are and what kind you'd like to collect. 

As you think about grouping related coins, one way to group them is by their finish.  Any questions about what coin finishes are?  Flip can be of service.  Get the scoop on coin finishes on the Coin Finishes page!

Lovely coins make a lovely collection, and Plinky is ready to help you “Keep it Nice” with Lesson Four of the Coin Course.  It's all about handling your little round treasures so they stay in great condition. 

When you're done, Plinky has an important civic service task for you:  to thwart Oppressor Sam and restore the Tree of Democracy with the game called Branches of Power.  Go to Washington, DC, become a secret agent, and get what you need to carry out your mission.  Good luck! 

To wrap up a great week, Bill presents Lesson Five of the Coin Course.  There's a diploma for you to print, more activities to do, and ideas about where to go from here. 

Now that you're trained in collecting and maybe have started a collection of your own, stop by the “How to Share Your Hobby” page.  It holds enough ideas to keep you going until next year's National Coin Week! 

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