The theme for this year’s National Coin Week is "A Penny Saved is History Learned." It runs the week of April 16-22, and the focus for 2006 is the celebration of the tercentenary of Benjamin Franklin’s birth.
This week, the United States Mint’s H.I.P. Pocket Change website has special activities planned. There will be something new and exciting each day, so be sure to bookmark the site and check in often to see what’s new.
The United States Mint encourages you to take a closer look at the coins you handle everyday. These tiny American ambassadors are truly history in your pocket, and collecting them is a rewarding hobby that can last a lifetime. With coins, the present mingles with the past, helping connect generations and reminding all of us of the significant people, places and events that helped shape our Nation.
April is a busy month at the United States Mint H.I.P. Pocket Change Web site for kids! Here are the great features in April’s lineup:
The United States Mint celebrates another birthday this month, and you can join in the party at Camp Coin. The Pals have a cake big enough for everyone to have a piece! Their interactive timeline tells you all about the beginnings and development of the United States Mint.
April is also Financial Literacy Month. Parents and teachers can call up our Financial Literacy page and find lesson plans and activities that help kids learn what handling money is all about.
A brand new issue of Making Cents, the online newsletter for kids, is also available this month! Visit the Coin News section for Making Cents and its new crossword puzzle, then check out the Coin of the Month.
For April’s Coin of the Month, Inspector Collector presents a coin from 1925 that commemorates the first major battle of the American Revolutionary War.
Question: In what denominations were the first coins of the United States minted?
Answer: The Mint’s first gold and silver coins had no denominations on them. Since their designs were the same, the only way to tell them apart was by their size. People must have been really careful when they counted their change!