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Coin Collecting Fascination and Wonder

Aug 18, 2007
Since coins are so prevalent in our culture, it is easy to get young children interested in coin collecting. Children will enjoy coin collecting because they can find coins everywhere, whether it is in their parents' pockets, or discovering a lost penny on the ground.

Kids get excited to add a new coin to their collection. They enjoy the interesting appearances of the varied coins and love organizing them. Getting kids interested in coin collecting might be easier than you think, so the following are some tips to help you get a child started.

Give the hobby of coin collecting as a birthday or holiday gift. A coin collecting startup set can make a wonderful gift in general, and the cost of gathering together a few of the common coin collecting supplies is relatively inexpensive. Plus, your kit can look rather impressive and important to a young child. It's money, after all!

Start with a fancy album to hold the common coins. There are some very nice binders for protecting and sorting coins available on the market. Make sure that the album you choose is either one for displaying modern coins easily found by a child or one where the child can indicate the types of coins on his or her own.

Include a package of plastic coin holders in your gift set, as individual coin holders are cool things for kids to play with. There are plain types and more fancy ones, so if the price difference is negligible, go for that little extra.

Provide the basic tools as well. Coin collecting is a serious business, and you should add a pair of latex gloves for handling, a soft cloth to place coins on, a good magnifying glass, and a plastic ruler to your startup kit.

From the start, relay the importance of not washing coins to prevent damage. Kids are usually thrilled by dirt and knowing exactly why dirty coins are a good thing will have them puffing up with pride and telling everyone their new knowledge.

Another way to add interest to the hobby is to add a coin collecting book. With a coin collecting book, children will get extra information about the hobby that they can read and understand.

Find a book that has a variety of hints and tips to keep kids interested in new ways to collect coins. Look for books on the market that are written in easy-to-understand terms for kids who want to begin a coin collecting hobby.

Do toss in a coin collecting price guide in your gift, though. We're talking money, after all, and even money has a value and price. Kids will rave about that special coin worth a lot and a coin collecting price guide can be an extra motivator to encourage the hobby.

Last, but not least, start the collection for your child. A child will have round eyes to see that in the album you present are a few old rare coins or a couple of old Roman coins. You can find one of these on eBay or at an antique dealer.

Some world coins are a good alternative, though, and having a handful of low-value coins from other countries (again, check out eBay or have friends worldwide mail you some) can be a fun way to encourage coin collecting.

What if the child doesn't like the gift? Don't be disappointed. Kids are like that, with fussy tastes, and they run from one interest to another quickly in their youth.

The coin collection set you've carefully put together may not thrill, but eventually, the child will pull out that gift and the interest will spark at that point.
About the Author
Mike Selvon has a passion for coin collecting , and his portal has the best information on coin collecting. Visit his portal for your free gift and leave a comment at his coin collecting blog.
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