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!
BEFORE YOU COMMENT:
- Coin Update is not a retail website. If you wish to buy a coin or banknote, you should contact a reputable dealer. One of our sponsors (see ads at right and top of page) may also have what you’re looking for, so be sure to check out their websites.
- Per policy, we do not advise on the value, authenticity, or rarity of readers’ coins and banknotes. For this kind of assistance, you should contact a reputable dealer, preferably one who’s certified by the American Numismatic Association and/or the Professional Numismatists Guild.
- Vulgar and/or abusive comments will not be tolerated. Nor will trolls.
- Allegations of fraudulent or criminal activity against a named party, when said activity has not been proven in a court of law, will be removed.
About Coin Update
Articles written by the Coin Update News Staff.
This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.
More Recent Articles
Among the significant rarities in the Stack’s Bowers June 2018 Official Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Summer Expo is an exceptional 1795 Flowing Hair half dime certified MS-61. This handsome and boldly defined 18th-century rarity is offered in lot 1226. This beautiful half dime showcases deep navy and violet on both sides, accented by golden-tan on the central devices. The colorful […]
Article 7 of 7 Previous: Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve. Much of our June 12, 2018, committee discussion of the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site coin focused on whether its design should honor the site or the airmen. To me, the designs that focus on the equipment and materials of war miss the boat—or the plane, […]
The Département des Finances et de l’Economie of the Principality of Monaco has announced (22nd June) a new €2 commemorative coin which is minted in recognition of the 250th anniversary of the birth of François-Joseph Bosio (1768–1845). The internationally renowned Monégasque sculptor, who was also known as Giuseppe-Francesco Bosio, was born in Monaco 250 years […]
Unique 1792 Washington President Gold Eagle unveiled in first public pre-auction showing since 1890 Dallas, Texas (June 20, 2018) — Elite private collections of the finest U.S. coins known to exist powered Heritage Auctions’ Long Beach Expo events to $18.1 million from June 14-17 in Long Beach, California. An Important New York Collection sold for a combined […]
Article 6 of 7 Previous: Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park. Next: Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site. We knew the challenges for this coin going in, and I think the Mint’s artists did a very good job with such a difficult subject. The National Park Service calls Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve in Kansas “the last stand of […]
The Imprensa Nacional-Casa da Moeda (INCM) has launched (20th June) their latest coins which are part of their annual series saluting Portuguese sports figures. Continuing the series Ídolos do Desporto (Heroes of Sport), this year the INCM releases a coin designed by the sculptor João Cutileiro that is dedicated to the athlete Rosa Mota, an Olympic […]
This U.S. Mint numismatic sales report covers the week ending June 17, 2018. The Mint’s best-selling product this week was the 2018 Voyageurs National Park Uncirculated five-ounce silver coin (18AL). Released on June 14, 2018, it sold 12,985 units. In second place is the 2018 Voyageurs National Park three-roll set (18ARJ), with 5,895 units sold, and […]
Shuttle astronaut spent nearly half of 2007 at the International Space Station. The Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) has announced that American astronaut Clayton Anderson will individually autograph NGC certification labels. From 2007 to 2010, Anderson was a part of three space shuttle missions and two consecutive International Space Station expeditions. Anderson first rocketed to space […]
The Bank of Latvia (Latvijas Banka) has announced that they will be issuing new silver collector coins on the 22nd June which are dedicated to a new project undertaken in the country that is a wider monument to all Latvians and their collective strength — The Garden of Destiny. The idea of The Garden of Destiny came […]
Article 5 of 7 Previous: Salt River Bay National Historical Park. Next: Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve. The CCAC met by telephone in October 2017 to talk about themes and focuses for the 2020 and 2021 America the Beautiful coins. For the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller quarter, land stewardship was the prevailing concept. The important focus for this park […]