We went to our local hobby shop (Hobby Town, if you wonder which one) the other day and the kids played with the train set they have while I was browsing their shop. I usually look at their science kits, but this day I had my eye on a state quarter book. My husband and I have collected a lot of them and put them in a cleaned out jar and I kept meaning to get a book for them.
So I found a rather plain looking, but large coin book and decided I was going to buy one of the large ones, rather than 3 of smaller books (and the books themselves were flimsy and seemed damaged possibly due to humidity).
I wasn’t all that impressed with the outside of the book, being plain slate gray.
But, I was pleasantly surprised to see a beautiful color map of the United States on the inside.
As you can see, we have quite a few of them collected already, but we still have a few yet to get.
It wasn’t at all what I was expecting on the inside (being relatively new to serious coin collecting). It is a great way to introduce/reinforce knowledge of geography while appreciating the fun and art of coin collecting. My children were asking me where they and there relatives lived. I was also able to tell them the states that I’ve been to before and the ones they’ve been to as well. It is a neat way to tell stories about them using the map as a “prop”. We reinforce the past while assigning a memory to the locations they’ve been. Eventually, they may actually remember geography better in school because we’ve talked about it when they were young.
I have only a few interesting coins from my youth – including a few silver dollars, a couple of Susan B. Anthony’s and a 1910 Indian head penny – somewhere located within this house. I have forgotten where I put them, so I have to go on a search for them. And when I do find them again, I think it’s time to give them the proper storage for them and the respect they deserve.
I also have a very sentimental coin from my wedding – a real British sixpence dated 1874 – that I have saved in my wedding scrapbook. A dear friend and colleague/mentor of mine from one of the laboratories I worked with gave it to me as a gift to put in my shoe when I got married 11 years ago. It really means a lot to me.
I really think it’s great that the they did come out with the state quarters as coin collecting is a really interesting, fun, and relatively inexpensive hobby to have. And it doesn’t take up a lot of room. I seemed to have renewed my interest in it as well. Obviously, this kind of collecting is also a hobby that both parents and children can enjoy together, and it can spur on discussions of geography and history.