The U.S. Mint has shared activities and lesson plans created for this year’s National Coin Week, which will take place from April 17-23. The materials are geared toward school-aged children and present information on U.S. coins through various academic subjects, like social studies, math, science, art, and language arts. Guidance is provided on how to begin a coin collection, and the Mint previously shared an informational video detailing the process of creating coins, all as part of its involvement with the annual Coin Week.
The theme of the upcoming National Coin Week will be “Portraits of Liberty: Icons of Freedom,” and will celebrate the portrayals of Liberty that have appeared on coins and paper money throughout history. The American Numismatic Association’s Web site notes that National Coin Week was established in 1923 “to attract the general public to our hobby and consequently increase our membership, and aid in our science,” according to Julius Guttag, ANA Governor at the time. The annual event has been observed during the third full week of April since 1942.
National Coin Week lesson plans and activities may be downloaded from the Mint’s Web site. You can also take a look at the Mint’s descriptions of the activities planned for the week below.
National Coin Week runs from April 17 to 23. We’ve picked one of our free lessons and activities for each day of the week. Join the fun by coming back every day!
Just before 1909, there was an image of Lady Liberty on almost every circulating American coin. But over the following 38 years, she was gradually replaced on all of them, mostly by former presidents. Although Lady Liberty doesn’t circulate anymore, she still appears on some special coins.
Mix it up! Learn coin values, work on basic arithmetic skills and get some exercise at the same time. This lesson allows students to combine different coins to create specified values.
Have you ever thought about starting a coin collection? Or perhaps you are just curious about it. Learn how to begin a collection and care for it using our Coin Collector’s Workshop. You can also use the lessons in Inspector Collector’ s Coin Course to help you learn even more!
U.S. coins can be used to teach all sorts of lessons. Students will play a game to help them develop an appreciation for statistical methods as a powerful means for decision making.
Think about all of the stories you have read or been told about. In this lesson, students will research ancient civilizations and develop story problems using symbols and coins of both yesterday and today.
Did you know that bigger banks make rules for the smaller banks? In today’s lesson, students will learn about the Federal Reserve System and its role in the monetary supply system.
Explore how personal experiences can lead to conservation efforts. Students will demonstrate their understanding by creating a digital presentation proposing the conservation of a special place.
- Lesson Plan: A Special Place
Grades 9 through 12, Art/Language Arts/Social Studies
- Activity: Design your own coin
- Fun Fact: Lady Liberty saved a Civil War sea captain … Learn more!
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