Looking for ways to create an environment where kids can share coin collecting knowledge and experience? Then look no farther! Here are some great ideas to help you get started.
Looking for a good place to host a coin club meeting or coin-related event? Here are some options to try. Remember that any location used must be accessible for all people who may want to attend your meetings or events. Many places in your local community may have spaces such as auditoriums or multi-purpose rooms for groups to meet.
Your club can meet at:
- Your local school system
- Religious establishments
- Community group facilities (Elks, Kiwanas, Knights of Columbus, YMCA/YWCA, etc.)
- State/county operated facilities
- Local libraries
- Coffee shops
- Outdoors (weather permitting, outdoor settings such as a backyard, school yard, or quiet park)
Spreading the Word
How do you let people know about your exciting coin-related activities? Here are some communication ideas that may help!
Contact local schools to see if they allow adults to present educational topics to the students. Whether in classrooms or in larger groups, the world of numismatics is bound to capture imaginations. Be sure to bring information on how they can start a collection or find an appropriate coin club to join!
Local schools can help spread your child-appropriate coin club/activity information. Write up a short announcement and ask to have it published in a school district’s newsletter. You also might consider advertising in appropriate community spaces online, such as your local newspaper website.
Don’t forget that numismatic publications often have space for listing community events. Be sure to let them know well in advance of coin-related events for parents and children.
See whether your state’s Department of Education or teacher’s organizations have any means of disseminating information to teachers in your area. Make sure to follow all applicable rules, laws, and guidelines about sending emails.
In addition to the ideas listed above, here are some topics which have the potential for generating great discussions among young collectors.
How Coins Are Made
You may want to enliven your presentation with the U.S. Mint’s YouTube video, “How Coins Are Made … For Kids!”
American and Foreign Coins
Why are certain metal compositions used in American coins? How are American coin designs decided on? Your members may enjoy and benefit from a discussion comparing American and foreign methods of producing coins.
Consider giving the children a brief history of all the former and current United States Mint facilities and the type of work done at each one. You might also have club members make presentations about different periods of time and the coins that were used during those periods or have members pick a coin denomination and present its development over the years.
There are many fascinating topics to discuss around collecting.
- Organizing and caring for a collection: It’s important to help beginning collectors understand what kinds of collections they can build (such as type, date, and theme) and how to best take care of the coins they purchase.
- Buying coins: What should someone look for when buying a coin? Think about inviting experienced collectors to offer their advice at some of your club meetings.
- Evaluating coins: How are coins graded? What contributes to a coin’s value? Who can you turn to for grading assistance? What do you look for in a coin? Do experienced collectors agree on the most desirable qualities?
- Numismatic products: Think about allowing your younger club members to explore and present information about types of numismatic items made for collectors such as medals, proof coins, sets, and commemorative coins.
- Exonumia: This fascinating extension of numismatics is sure to interest young collectors! If appropriate, present the kinds of objects that fall into this category such as tokens, medals, badges, and medallions.
- Learning about coins: What resources are available to help children learn about coin collecting? You could describe or show the kinds of books that help young collectors and discuss library resources.