10 Rare Pennies to Look for in Your Coin Jar

Ever wonder if that coin jar laying around your house has any value? Or are you new to coin collecting? Here is a list of ten rare pennies you want to be on the lookout for that either hold some historical significance or are worth more than face value.

 

  1. 1983 Doubled Die Reverse Lincoln Penny

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A doubled die coin refers to a mistake in the minting process where a coin is struck twice. This means the coin’s design will be overlapped slightly. In the 1983 doubled die penny, the error is noticeable on its backside where the phrase ‘ONE CENT’ is printed. It may be difficult to spot at first, but when under magnification, it is very clear that there are two layers of words.

 

  1. 1984 and 1997 “Double-Ear” Lincoln Penny

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During the minting process on the obverse side of the coin a double die gave Abraham Lincoln’s engraved portrait an extra earlobe. This one is easy to spot with the naked eye.

 

  1. 1909-S VDB Lincoln Penny

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1909 is the first year of the Lincoln cent making it a particularly interesting one. Also be on the lookout for the designers initials of Victor D Brenner’s on the reverse. The large VDB marking on the reverse was only kept for a couple of days but when deemed too prominent was removed.

 

  1. 1990 No S Proof Lincoln Penny

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In 1985 the U.S. Mint abandoned the practice of punching mint marks into working coin dies and instead, it began punching the mint mark directly onto the working hubs. However, the 1990 No S Proof Lincoln cent was inadvertently struck by a mint state die that had been processed as a proof die. This occurred because the Mint had shipped a mint state die to the San Francisco Mint without the die containing the S mint mark. Surprisingly, the 1990 No S Proof Lincoln cents deceived both the Philadelphia and San Francisco Mint employees.

 

  1. 1943 Copper Penny

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In 1943, all pennies were made out of steel. The U.S. Mint decided to use steel instead of copper because they needed the copper for military equipment during World War 2. But a few copper pennies from that year were minted. There are only a few known to exist, but it is believed that there may be more out there.

 

  1. 1909-S Indian Cent

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Similar to the 1909-S Lincoln Penny – this is the last year the Indian Cent was minted. Because the Lincoln Penny began production this year there are a smaller amount of total 1909-S Indian Cent’s than other years making it more rare and valuable.

 

  1. 1992 Close “AM” Penny

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For these coins you’re going to want to check their backsides. What you are looking for is the placement of the letters “A” and “M” in the word “AMERICA.” In 1993, all pennies switched to the close AM design. Therefore, the pennies from 1992 should have a noticeable space between the “A” and the “M.” So if there is no space between the “A” and “M “on the backside of yours, then you have a rare coin.

 

  1. 1993 Wide “AM” Penny

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In 1993, the penny switched to a close AM design—the two letters actually touch! A few of them managed to slip by with the old, wide AM design. For this year you will want to look on the reverse for a space between the “A” and the “M”.

 

  1. 1955 Double Die Lincoln Penny

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In 1955, 20,000 to 24,000 doubled die pennies were released to the public, mostly as change given from cigarette vending machines. The doubling is visible on the letters and numbers almost entirely, with the bust of Lincoln remaining unaffected.

 

  1. 1886 Indian Head Penny

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There were two different versions of the design printed that year — one with the last feather from the headdress pointing toward the space between the “I” and “C” of “AMERICA” and the second version with the feather pointing between the “C” and “A” instead. The second version is the more valuable of the two.


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How Mexico’s Remarkable Peso Revolutionized the World

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

 

In honor of the holiday, let’s take a moment to learn about and celebrate Mexican coins.

 

Both pesos and dollars originated in the Spanish dollar of the 15th-19th centuries. The word “peso” was originally used to refer to pesos oro and pesos plata (gold and silver weights, respectively.) In fact, the literal translation of peso is “weight.”

 

Peso was the original name of the legendary Spanish “pieces of eight” coins issued in Mexico, sometimes called Spanish dollars. Each peso was valued at 8 reales; the escudo coin was worth 16 reales. These coins were widely circulated in the Americas through the mid 1800’s; America accepted them as legal tender prior to the Coinage Act in 1857, and Canada did the same until 1854. The first American dollar coins were not minted until 1792, and their value was set to approximately match the Spanish dollar.

 

The first decimation of the peso occurred in 1863, with the issue of centavo coins, each valued at one hundredth of a peso. The first peso denomination coins were issued in 1866, though reales denominated coins were still issued until 1897.

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The gold content of the peso was cut nearly in half in 1905, but the silver content was unchanged until 1918, while other coins were debased. Silver coins, except for the 1 peso, were limited to token issues, and several varieties of centavos were issued in bronze, nickel, and other metals.

 

CaballitoOne of the most striking of Mexican coins was created during this period: the Caballito. It bore the Mexican coat of arms on the obverse with its now-familiar eagle and snake motif, with the legends, “Un Peso” and “Estados Unidos Mexicanos.” The reverse showed a woman on horseback reaching out a hand as if in proclamation, and the date. These stunning coins, minted in .903 silver, were minted from 1910 through 1914. After 1918, all silver coins declined in both weight and fineness, culminating in the last minting of silver 100-peso coins in 1977.

 

In 1993, a new currency was introduced: the nuevo peso. The new peso, written as N$ and designated MXN, equaled 1000 of the original MXP pesos. The Bank of Mexico began introducing bimetallic coins in 2003. There are 32 coins in this series: one for each Mexican state, and one for the Federal District. Each coin bears Mexico’s coat of arms on the obverse, with the state’s coat of arms on the reverse. They are rare in circulation, but remain a popular novelty coin. Collectors have been encouraged to acquire full sets, but as the coins are high in price, this has not been as successful as hoped. The coins also have a bullion version, with a gold outer ring instead of the aluminium bronze of the standard coins.

 

AUPeso.jpgMexican bullion coins are available in several weights, in both .999 fine silver and fine gold. On one side, a winged Victoria strides across a landscape, with the volcanoes Popocatépetl and Iztaccihuatl in the background. The coat of arms of Mexico is shown on the other side. Newer versions show Victoria at a different angle, and the Mexican coat of arms on the reverse is surrounded by other coats of arms from Mexican history.

 

Today, the peso is third most-traded currency from the Americas, the most traded Latin American currency, and the eighth most traded currency in the world. It served as the model for multiple world currencies, including the Straits dollar, Hong Kong dollar, Japanese yen, and Chinese yuan, largely due to the trade and influence of the Spanish empire. 19th century Siam briefly used the Mexican peso as legal tender, when an unexpected flood of foreign trade caught the government mints by surprise.

 

According to Collectors Weekly, “Of the coins from the early days of the Republica Mexicana, escudos and reales minted in the 1820s are in particularly high demand. […] Other Mexican coins of note include round lead centavos issued by the state of Durango in 1914 and rectangular copper Oaxacan centavos from 1915.”

 

Mexican coins are among the most popular in the world, and are an excellent starting point for beginners, as well as a good investment for more experienced collectors.

 

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How to Prevent Coin Loss

Fred Howard, a Virginia collector, left part of his valuable Byzantine coin collection on the viewing table in his bank’s safety deposit area. Fortunately for him, a bank employee noticed, and turned the coins in to the head office. Having no way to know which customer they belonged to, the coins ended up in the Unclaimed Property division of the Virginia Treasury. Usually, items left unclaimed for a certain period of time are auctioned, but this collection of coins seemed special to Alex Baker, an employee of the Treasury. He reached out to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, where curator Peter Schertz made a breakthrough. Many of the coins were labeled with the name of the auction house or dealer they had been purchased from, and Schertz was familiar with several of them. The dealers had also kept records, and when contacted, were able to put Baker in touch with Howard and restore the missing coins. 

 

This story might not have had such a happy ending if Howard hadn’t scrupulously labeled his collection. Not all losses are due to malicious theft; here are some things you can do to help lost coins make their way back to you.

 

1: Label your coins. Simply adding the date and purchase location to a coin can massively improve the odds of getting it back should it be lost.

 

2: Keep a record of your collection. A simple spreadsheet listing the coin, grade, year purchased, price, and place purchased from should be plenty; make sure it’s up to date. If some of your coins are lost or stolen, this will show exactly what is missing.

 

3: Make a system to ensure you don’t leave coins behind. Howard’s coins were lost when he neglected to put them away after viewing them at his bank. If you use a safety deposit box for your coins, come up with a system to make sure you don’t leave them on the counter. For instance, taking a quick cell phone pic of the empty viewing table after replacing the box: this adds an extra step plus physical motion, not just a sweep of the eyes. The photo can be deleted immediately, since it’s the process that’s important. Whatever method you choose, make sure it’s something you’ll remember to do.

 

While there’s no way to ensure that your coins will never be lost or stolen, a few simple precautions can significantly improve the odds of getting them back.

Patriotism Through Postage: Civil War Envelopes

 

The first official US postage stamps were issued in 1847, and decorative envelopes were not far behind them. By the middle of the 19th century, such covers were used to spread Union and Confederate sentiments. These political envelopes began to see use in the 1850s as divisions between Northern and Southern states were shaping up, though the earlier envelopes usually focus on images without slogans.

 

american-civil-war-envelope-1393774341GFaUnion envelopes often favored a 34-starred flag, a symbol of the illegitimacy of the Southern secession. Slogans often accompanied these designs, such as “we must keep the Flag where it e’er has stood,” and “Not a Star Must Fall.” Not all sentiments were so lofty. Some envelopes had designs with messages like, “If anyone attempts to haul down the flag, shoot him on the spot!” and “Hemp is better for traitors than cotton.”

 

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Confederate senders preferred phrases like “Liberty or Death,” “Fast Colors…Warranted not to run,” and “Southern Independence.” Poetry was popular as well, with such lines as “stand firmly by your cannon. Let ball and grape-shot fly. Trust in God and Davis, and keep your Powder dry.”

 

In the northern states, the Union flag took on special significance, as its 34 stars implied that the Southern states had no right to secede. Putting the flag on an envelope, then, was a clear message about the sender’s feelings regarding the legitimacy of the Confederate government.

 

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Prominent soldiers often found themselves on these envelopes. Generals Grant and McClellan were particular favorites, but Colonel Michael Corcoran of the 69th Regiment (the “Fighting Irish”) found popularity when he was captured by the Confederates for a year. Envelopes featuring Corcoran read “Sons of Erin — Let the watchword be Corcoran! Rescued if living. Avenged if dead!”

 

 

 

 

Destruction_of_Merrimac,_May_11,_1862.pngMilitary images also came into vogue. Corps insignia, flags, battle scenes, and more were pictured on these envelopes. Corner designs spread until they covered the entire envelope (and were the forerunner of the postcard, which became popular a few decades later.) Some envelopes ran designs in series to depict major events of the war, like Shiloh and the Battle of Gettyburg. Even the battle between the Monitor and the Merrimack found its way onto these envelopes.

 

 

800px-Civ_war_union_Patriotic_cover2By the time war began in 1861, people on both sides were collecting the envelopes as mementos, often never sending them through the mail at all. According to an article in a 1943 issue of American Collector, “Car Bell, the Hartford printer, issued a cover to promote this hobby. It showed a top-hatted gent, with carpet-bag, reading a newspaper which advised: ‘A collection of Union envelopes in a few years from now will form a most valuable and pleasing curiosity, and will be sold at double the original cost.’”

 

 

Over 15,000 unique patriotic designs are known, most of which express Union sentiments. These envelopes were created by 116 known printers, working in 39 cities. Charles Magnus (in New York) and James Magee (working in Philadelphia) were the two leading producers of collectible envelopes. Magnus worked next door to the famous Currier & Ives, and his work was similar to that of the famous duo. In fact, since it is known that Currier & Ives did artwork for other firms who put their own imprints on the design, some believe that most of the designs issued under Magnus’ imprint were actually done by Currier & Ives.

 

James Magee, on the other hand, had an eye for profit, and realized that collectors in Northern states would pay high prices for Confederate souvenirs. He began printing fake designs in Philadelphia and selling them as genuine rebel items.

 

Use of these envelopes declined as the war came to an end, though they are still highly prized as collectibles, particularly the unused envelopes.

Why You Should Attend a Coin Show

 

 

With all of the coins (and information about coins) available online, what’s the big deal about going to a coin show?

 

There are a lot of reasons to connect with the numismatic community offline. Whether you’re at a show to buy, sell, or just get more familiar with coins, you’ll have more options than any single store or dealer can offer. You’re also able to compare prices and get second opinions quicker and more easily than anywhere else.
Coin shows are also a great way to meet expert numismatists and experienced collectors. Got a coin question? Someone at the show has your answer. You’ll meet dealers and collectors with different specialties and interests. It’s a good way to get information about your current interests, as well as broadening your interests to areas you might not have considered before.
Going to a coin show is one of the best ways to meet other local collectors; many shows involved other collectibles, like stamps and postcards, too. You can compare collections, discuss items you’re both hoping to find, and even connect with local collectors groups.

 

 

Many shows also have programming for kids, aimed at encouraging them to consider collecting coins. Besides, you never know what odd coin at a booth is going to spark an interest in a budding numismatist.

 

 

Finally, coin shows are just fun. It’s exciting to be with people who share your interests, and who have things you’ve never seen before. Check event calendars, like this one from PCGS, to find coin shows near you. If you’re in Northern Washington, check out the Bellingham Stamp and Coin Show on April 1-2, 2017.

A Cereal Mystery: The 1999 Sacagawea Dollar

It’s not unusual to see coins used as prizes in children’s cereals; they can often be acquired cheaply, or in the case of custom “coins” (tokens, in reality), produced at low cost.

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Some of the most popular cereal “coins” were the dinosaur tokens from Post cereals. These coin-like tokens were made of aluminium, and featured dramatic designs of popular dinosaur species, including Triceratops, Stegosaurus, and the ever-popular Tyrannosaurus Rex.

 

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To celebrate the 1988 Olympic Games, Sugar Crisp cereal released several different world coins, in cardboard holders displaying information about the country of origin for each coin. These coins are somewhat unique, in that they are real coins, and the company placed them in decent holders, preserving the value. None is worth more than a few dollars, but they would be a good start for any child’s coin collection.

 

But the real gem of cereal coins was only discovered in 2005. In 2000, Cheerios offered boxes of cereal with one of the new Sacajawea dollars, fresh from the Mint. It was not until five years later that numismatists realized that these dollars had a slightly different obverse from the Sacajawea dollars released to the public. After the initial run of coins, the marks on the tail feathers of the eagle were removed to lighten the appearance of the eagle’s tail.

 

610px-2003_sacagawea_revNo one is sure how many coins were struck with the darker tail reverse, but only 5,500 boxes of Cheerios held the coins, making them one of the rarest modern coins to acquire. NGC stated, “This is unquestionably one of the most intriguing new finds in the annals of modern coinage. The fact that they are just now being recognized, five years after their release, is surprising to many experts.” The coins only came to light in the first place due to a curious numismatist, Tom DeLorey. DeLorey had examined test strikings of the coin in late 1999, noting in particular the detail on the eagle’s tail feathers.

 

When he saw the coins released for circulation in early 2000, his eye was immediately drawn to the difference in the new coins. He began to check other coins, and realized that all those in circulation had the new reverse design. Tom believed that the coins that Cheerios had acquired for their prizes might be the earlier design, since the company would have had to have the coins on hand in late 1999 in order to get them boxed and distributed in time.

 

It was a great theory, but was it true? It was difficult to check: Cheerio dollars had been distributed in holders that obscured the reverse of the coin. These coins were selling for about $150, and opening the holder would destroy the value of the coin, if it turned out to be the same as the coins in circulation. Finally, a solution presented itself: find a Cheerio dollar that had been put into a clear plastic holder by a third-party grading service. Collector Pat Braddick had just such a coin; he teamed up with Tom and NGC to determine that his coin was, in fact, the early pattern Sacagawea dollar. These Cheerio dollars are now highly collectible and extremely rare; most were taken out of their holders, spent as currency, or otherwise lost.

 

You never know when a numismatic mystery will come to light, or when a small low-value prize will turn into a fortune!

Friday Odds and Ends, September 30

It’s the end of September, and fall is officially here!

 

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CoinWeek has an excellent post about the coins and history of 1916.

 

 

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Are you planning on binge-watching the new Luke Cage show on Netflix this weekend? Read up about the history and backstory of the character at io9.

 

 

 

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The Rosetta mission is over, as the probe crashed into the comet earlier today. In its 2+ years at comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, we have learned a staggering amount about comets and our universe.

 

 

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Twitter user @ArtStamped creates spectacular works of art from common stamps.

Little Coins on the Prairie

 

 

laura_ingalls_wilder_cropped_sepia2One of the most formative book series for American children has been the Little House books, by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Published in the 1930’s and 40’s, these books chronicle Laura’s childhood and teenage years as her family traveled across the midwest during the 1870’s and 1880’s. Laura Ingalls was born in 1867, near Pepin, Wisconsin. Though Laura made significant changes to her story at the urging of her publisher, the books are predominantly autobiographical. (Those wishing to know the story as it was originally written should read the recently-released book, Pioneer Girl.) Between the ages of 2 and 9, Laura and her family had lived in 5 locations: Wisconsin, Missouri, Kansas, Wisconsin again, and Minnesota. (The second stint in Wisconsin was the inspiration for Little House in the Big Woods, though it is the first in the series. According to Wilder biographer William Anderson, her publisher did not believe that she could have such vivid memories of her life at age 3, and insisted the timeline be changed and Laura’s age increased. The fictional and historical timelines merge at By the Shores of Silver Lake.)

 

Caroline_and_Charles_Ingalls_sepia_cropped.jpgCharles Ingalls, Laura’s father, was a restless man who moved the family often, usually to areas on the edge of a frontier, before finally settling in De Smet, South Dakota. Laura’s parents and blind sister Mary remained there for the rest of their lives, and it was in De Smet that Laura Ingalls met and married Almanzo Wilder, the farmer boy from her book of the same title. The couple spent their early married years in De Smet before moving to Minnesota and then Florida, eventually settling in Mansfield, Missouri, at Rocky Ridge Farm. It was at Rocky Ridge, in a house built for them by their daughter Rose (a popular author in her own right), that Laura finally sat down and wrote her story.

 

With the stability of coin denominations and designs in the 20th and 21st centuries, it’s easy to forget how different the coinage of the 19th century was. (President Theodore Roosevelt was a notorious critic of contemporary American coinage, writing in 1904 that “I think our coinage is artistically of atrocious hideousness.”

 

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The coins that Laura Ingalls would have seen during her childhood are very different from the coins we use today. Most of the coins Laura saw were likely created at the Philadelphia Mint (1792-present), though the Denver and San Francisco Mints also produced coinage. Though Mint facilities at Charlotte, NC, and Dahlonega, GA, were in operation shortly before Laura’s childhood, both only minted gold coins and were unlikely to produce anything the hardscrabble family would have owned, and both were shut down in 1861 after the Civil War. The New Orleans Mint (1838-1961, 1879-1909) would not come back into operations until Laura was twelve years old; when she was 3, the new Mint in Carson City began operations, producing predominantly silver coins from the rich local mines.

 

By the time she was 7, in 1874, Laura and her family were living on the banks of Plum Creek just outside Walnut Grove, Minnesota; Charles Ingalls was the town butcher and served as the Justice of the Peace. With the family living closer to an established town, it is likely that Laura, Mary, and the other children would have seen more contemporary coins than they had grown up with.
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Lower-denomination coins would have been the most common; these included the Indian Head cent, the shield 2-cent and star 3-cent (both discontinued in 1873), bust 3-cent, and shield 5-cent coins. The two-cent shield design coin was the first to bear the motto, “In God We Trust,” but was only produced for ten years.

 

 

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One of the more common designs of the time, the Seated Liberty, appeared on half-dimes, quarters, half-dollars, and dollar coins. More valuable coins would have included the coronet head gold coins in $2.50, $5, $10, and $20 denominations, as well as the gold dollar coins. The silver trade dollar came into use in 1873, but as those were minted in the western mints and almost all of the coins used for overseas trade, it is unlikely that any of them would have been in circulation in a small Minnesota town.

 

 

NationalCashRegister.jpgIn 1870’s Minnesota, even a small coin had substantial buying power. The book Minnesota As It Is In 1870 records some of the costs of basic items: “Beef, by the quarter, costs 7 and 8 cts.; steaks and roasts, 15 to 18; pork, 81/2 to 10; steaks, 18 to 20; mutton, 15 to 20; hams, 20 to 25; venison, 8 cts., by the quantity; steaks, 18; chickens, 121/2 to 15; turkeys, 15 to 18; fish, 5 to 15; lard, 20 to 25; flour, $5 per parrel (sic); meal, 4 cts; buckwheat flour, $1.50 per sack; butter, 25 to 30 cts.; cheese, 20; eggs, 35 per dozen; potatoes, $1 per bushel; ruta bagas, 35 cts.; onions, 75 cts.; beans, $1.45 to $2.50; cranberries, $1.75 to $2.50; sugar, 14 to 16 cts. per lb.; coffee, 22 to 28; tea, 90 cts. to $1.80; woo, $6 to $7.50 per cord. Rents, $3 to $15 per month for cottages; $15 to $50 for larger houses. Board, $1 to $3 per day; $4 to $6 per week, day board; $4 to $10, board and lodging; lower in smaller towns […] Wages.–Carpenters, $2 to $3; masons, $3.50 to $4.50; painters, $2 to $3; laborers, $1.50 to $2; and by the month, $20 to $25, on farms; $35 to $60, on boats and in the pineries; servants, $8 to $15; clerks, $500 to $1800; teachers, $300 to $1500.” [Note: the last two salaries appear to be listed by year rather than day or hour.] These numbers are for St. Paul, and items were probably slightly cheaper in Walnut Grove.

 

1933-littlehouseontheprairieNot many purchases are recorded in Laura’s books, but she does mention a few significant ones. On the Straight Dope forum, user Choie offers a list of purchase amounts mentioned in the Little House books:

“A meal in a railroad hotel costs $0.25 (On the Shores of Silver Lake.) Also in LTotP [Little Town on the Prairie], Laura later earns $1.50 a week as a seamstress, with hours from 7AM – 6PM, and a half-hour for mealtime. Pa says of this workday, ‘That’s fair. You get off an hour early but have to bring your own meal.’ (User Lissla Lissar corrects this in a subsequent post: “In LTotP, Laura makes ‘$.25 a day plus dinner’, which is $1.25 a week.”) For her first teaching stint, Laura earns $25 (+ bed/board) for two months’ work. Later, as a more experienced teacher, she earns about $75 for teaching school for 3 months (These Happy Golden Years). In THGY, a parlour organ costs the Ingalls $100, $40 of which is Laura’s.”

 

Laura Ingalls Wilder’s books have defined an optimistic vision of America for generations of children and adults. Her experiences with life on the frontier, from coins to bears to one-room schoolhouses, are a reminder of our history and our commitment to progress.

 

How to Get Kids Excited about Coin Collecting

 

One of the constant subjects of debate in the numismatic community is how to inspire the next generation of coin collectors. How do we spark an interest in kids? The best way to get a child interested in coin collecting is simply to help them get started and show them how rewarding coin collecting can be.

 

 

coin-1080535_960_720The first question, of course, is what kind of coins the child should collect. It’s best to start with coins that are easy to acquire, to avoid frustration or impatience. The child’s own interests should be a major consideration as well; no one wants to spend time and effort collecting coins that bore them. Some children may be interested in collecting coins from their birth year, while others may want to focus on a specific historic period. One of the best starter collections is the State Quarter series. They are easy to acquire, and have beautiful designs that even a very young child can appreciate. Other children may enjoy collecting Lincoln cents or Jefferson nickels. The challenge of filling a coin book or folder can add an aspect of play to collecting as well.

 

 

piggy-bank-1446874_960_720.jpgThe next consideration is what budget the child may have for collecting. Older children may have paper routes or babysitting jobs, and be able to make their own small purchases; others may be dependent on gifts. Either way, it’s usually best to get the budding numismatist started on coins that are cheaper to obtain. If they are reliant on gifts for their collection, let friends and family members know which coins would be welcomed. For some children, a handful of older coins that they have not seen before may be just the thing to spark an interest in coin collecting.

 

 

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Taking the interested child to coin shows and exhibits may also help spark an interest in collecting. Help them research the stories behind specific coins, or the people depicted on them. If he or she is interested in art, help them learn about Victor David Brenner, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, and other legendary sculptors who created designs for coins. If the child is interested in a particular historical figure, even a fictional one, work together to find out what kind of coins this person would have held. (We have an ongoing series on the blog that does just that!)

 

 

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Some children may have existing collections that can dovetail with a coin collection. If she is a fan of animals, introduce her to coins with animal designs (Irish coins have some particularly lovely animals.) If he enjoys sports, show him the wide variety of Olympic coins that have been minted by various countries.

 

 

Check your local area for upcoming coin shows or clubs. The social aspect of collecting is one of the most rewarding, and most collectors are happy to help young ones get started. Many shows have event and presentations specifically for younger hobbyists.
baby-921807_960_720Finally, make sure the young collector has access to the resources that can help them become knowledgeable about their hobby. Most libraries either have, or can get, books about coins, as well as history books about whatever period the child is interested in. If they are old enough, consider getting them a subscription to a coin collecting magazine. Help them learn the basic terminology of coin collecting, how to identify where the coin was minted, and other basic skills. If there is a mint within reasonable travel distance, arrange a visit and tour.

 

 

Coin collecting has been one of the most popular hobbies around the world for centuries, and shows no sign of declining any time soon. With a little help and encouragement, the next generation of numismatists are ready to enter the world of collecting.

Friday Odds and Ends, August 26

 

 

A reader in Japan sent us a big box of cookies shaped like historical Japanese coins! Thank you!

 

 

Numismatic News discusses the challenge of communicating coin details with those who are not versed in the jargon.

 

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A new coin collector brought two coins to the ANA “Meet the Expert” session at the recent Anaheim coin show, thinking they might be worth up to $3,000. Imagine his surprise when one was a Morgan dollar valued at $53,000!

 

 

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The Darke County Coin Club presented a generous donation to the Greenville Public Library, to fund the purchase of books and DVDs about coins and coin collecting.