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Introduction to Coins
Learn about U.S. coins, including their design, value, weight, composition, and explore the different parts of a coin.
Parts of a Coin
Every coin has an obverse (heads) and a reverse (tails). Each coin includes details such as the year it was made and a “mint mark” from the Mint facility that made the coin. The Mint has six facilities across the country.
- Resource: Parts of a Coin graphic
- Map: Where Is the U.S. Mint?
- Activity: Making Change
- Resource: Coin Composition table
Learn about the coins that we use every day as money: penny, nickel, dime, and quarter.
- Resource: Library
- Activity Plan: An Introduction to Coins (Grades K-2)
- Activity: Printable Coin Coloring Pages
Play one of the Mint’s free online kids games:
- Counting With Coins: Practice identifying coins and adding and subtracting money in a fun grocery store setting.
- Coin Flip: Discover new and classic U.S. coins by earning achievements and unlocking new coins.
- Coin Memory Match: Match coin designs from the America the Beautiful Quarters Program, which features U.S. national parks and historic sites.
Learn about spending and saving and the cost of fun.
- Activity Plan: Let’s Go Shopping (Grades K-2)
- Activity Plan: Learn to Earn What You Tend to Spend (Grades 2-3)
- Activity Plan: A Homegrown Budget (Grades 2-3)
Understand how U.S. coins are made and where Mint facilities are located.
Coin Collecting Terms
Explain coin collecting terms, including obverse and reverse, reeding, uncirculated, and proof.
Caring For Your Coin Collection
Understand how to store and care for a coin collection.
- Resource: Caring for Your Coin Collection
Describe the Mint’s circulating coin programs.
- Resource: America the Beautiful Quarters® Program (2010-current)
- Resource: 50 State Quarters Program (1999-2008)
- Resource: Lincoln Bicentennial One Cent Program (2009)
- Resource: Westward Journey Nickel Series™ (2005-2006)
Tour a U.S. Mint facility either virtually or in-person.
- Resource: U.S. Mint website
The U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) prints paper money. Learn more at www.moneyfactory.com.