April 10th, 2013

Bring history lessons to life through collecting

By MintState

History and coins make for a great combination when it comes to sparking a child’s interest in collecting. Whether your little one is fascinated with exploration or has a hankering for politics, there are ample ways to share history lessons while also encouraging their budding hobby. Here are a few examples you might want to employ to realize these benefits when it comes to coin hunting with kids.

Westward Ho! – There is no greater story about the exploration of our country than the tale of Lewis and Clark. As the first Americans to venture into the western half of the nation, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark not only mapped out uncharted territory acquired as part of the Louisiana Purchase, but also discovered an array of natural resources and plant life that were previously unknown to European settlers. History buffs hoping to incorporate this landmark voyage into a child’s collection should check out the various Westward Journey nickels issued by the U.S. Mint in the mid-2000s. To take this lesson even further, consider picking up a few Sacagawea dollars and share stories about her role in guiding the expedition along the way.

Show Me State(s) – One part history, one part geography lesson, the State Quarters series that was issued between 1999 and 2008 makes for an excellent means to teach children about the melting pot that makes up our great country. Whether you want to swap stories about how far reaching places such as Hawaii and Alaska came to be states, or tell the tale of Paul Revere’s revolutionary ride as pictured on the back of the Delaware quarter, the series serves as a unique way to show off the history for each of our 50 states. Make the process even more fun by adding a State Quarters map to the mix to give kids a wonderful, interactive display for their collection.

Presidents On Parade – For the burgeoning political buff under your tutelage, check out the assemblage of Presidential Dollars available to start a conversation about the men who have held American’s highest office. From the day George Washington became the first chief executive through the terms of famed leaders such as Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt, the Presidential Dollars series acts as a way to make lessons about the past two centuries of American politics come to life through coins.

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