National Coin Week 2018

History in Your Pocket

Have you ever looked at the coins in your pocket and wondered where they’ve been? Coins can tell us many things, not only about their previous owners, but also about the time and place where they were made. Every coin is a part of history, and National Coin Week started for just that reason!

In 1983, President Ronald Reagan set aside the third week in April as a time for people to 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, important people, places and events. Besides, collecting coins is just plain fun!

In 2018, National Coin Week is April 15–21. To celebrate, play “Making Change” to design your own coins, or check out our Collectors Club to learn more about the exciting world of coin collecting.

Making Change game with Goldie

Lesson Plans

The theme of this National Coin Week 2018 is “Connecting Cultures: From Many, One.” Our Native American $1 Coin and Westward Journey Nickel lesson plans highlight the concepts of hospitality, trading, and communication.

How Great to Communicate (K-1)

Students will explore methods of communication and the 2017 Native American $1 coin featuring Sequoyah and the Cherokee Syllabary.

Let’s Try for a Treaty (K-1)

Students will understand and explain the terms ‘treaty’ and ‘diplomacy.’ Students will apply and extend knowledge of these concepts through fictional situations of character conflict.

Welcome to the Neighborhood (Grades 2-3)

Comparing past and present and showing hospitality.

Trade This, Trade That: Chaco Culture National Historical Park (Grades 2-3)

Students will demonstrate an understanding of trading.

Encountering Hospitality (Grades 4-6)

Examining interactions between Lewis and Clark and Native Americans.

The Nature of Negotiation (Grades 4-6)

Students will make distinctions among animal classes and families and predict needs based on these traits. Students will improve negotiation and cooperation skills.

Lights! Camera! Hospitality! (Grades 7-8)

Using media to convey interactions between Native Americans and Lewis and Clark.

Roots of American Diplomacy (Grades 7-8)

Students will understand the historical significance of the Iroquois Confederacy by examining Iroquois efforts to secure peace with other Native American peoples through diplomatic relations.