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National Coin Week

Do you know about all the history that you can learn from coins? National Coin Week was started just for that reason. In 1983, President Ronald Reagan set aside the third week in April as a time for people get to know about numismatics – the hobby and study of coins and paper money. 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!

2015 National Coin Week's theme is "Building Tomorrows: Inspiration and Innovation at World's Fairs." These fairs celebrated achievements in science, architecture and social progress. These Coin Week activities will highlight the history of these great events and the 100th anniversary of the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco. There, they celebrated the completion of the Panama Canal and the city's rebirth from the 1906 earthquake. It also featured the first steam locomotive in the West, the first transcontinental phone call, an assembly plant that produced Ford cars and the Liberty Bell.


In 2015, National Coin Week will run from April 19 to 25. 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 every day! 

The Liberty Bell was on display for the last time outside of Philadelphia at the San Francisco World's 1915 Fair. It was way back in September 2001 that Peter himself chose the Ben Franklin-Liberty Bell Half-Dollar as the Coin of the Month. 

Another good place to find info on this coin is the half-dollar coin page.  Learn whose image was on the half-dollar and what was on the back of the coin before the presidential seal. 

Like to color? We thought so! Goldie points the way to our coloring pages

In keeping with the half-dollar coin theme, look under "Other Circulating Coins" to find the John F. Kennedy's half-dollar coin coloring page to download, print, and color. Then, find other former presidents in the Presidential $1 Coin Resource Center. George Washington through Franklin D. Roosevelt are ready to color! There are other free coloring pages as well: the h.i.p. Pocket Change Pals, circulating coins, Westward Journey SeriesTM nickels, and more. With all these pages to color, you can color until you run out of crayons! But don't worry; 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 some fun games for you in the theme of "Building Tomorrows: Inspiration and Innovation at World's Fairs." You can fly a kite to build a snake (you'll see!) with Franklin's Try -N-Fly game, or honor inventor Thomas Edison by racing the clock, and the computer, to build a lightbulb with the Inventors Challenge game! 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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