Starting A Coin Collection For Kids
Most kids enjoy collecting things. In fact, many will keep every paper they bring home from school and expect it to be treasured. If you deal with this situation and are often frustrated by it, why not turn your child’s need to collect into something fun that can be a bonding experience for the two of you? A coin collection is a great thing to start for your kids, and can often turn out to be a very valuable endeavor between you and your children. Below are a few tips to help you get a coin collection started for your kids.
Give Them A Variety
Kids don’t understand the difference in value between gold, silver and platinum coins. They will likely have something specific that interests them, and they should be allowed to run with that. Don’t stifle their need for diversity. Let them choose the coins they like, and not the ones you think would look good in their collection. Gold eagle coins, silver eagles, and the silver maple leaf coin seem to the more popular coins to start with. Remember the collection is about them having a chance to express their interests, and not a way for you to create something pretty with them.
Coin collections are great for all kids – even though who may not have a lot of money. Your child may be interested in quarters from different states, or coins with different presidents on them. Do a little research with your child and discover which part of the coin they are most interest in before you start the collection.
You could start with a U.S. Presidential Coin Album Folder or the State Quarter Map – Us State Quarter Collection
Get Them The Right Supplies
In order to preserve the coins your child values the most, they will need a coin folder or coin book to hold all of their new coins. Make sure to let them be involved in the process of picking out the folder or book to ensure that they get what they want. Make it as much about them as possible, and ask for their input every step of the way.
Do Your Research Together
There are thousands of sources available for children to learn about coin collecting. Take an afternoon and spend some time reading over some of this material with your child. Do your research together to find out the supplies you will need, where to find your coins, how to care for them and how to present them. This will create a bonding experience and you will value the time you have spent with your child collecting coins.
Raid Your Pockets And Jars
Before you start looking outside your home for certain coins, make sure you look at what you already have. Encourage your child to go through all the change jars and purses in the house. If they are looking for a specific coin, they may be surprised at how easy it is to find it. Every time you visit the grocery store, allow your child to sift through your change to find any coveted coins.
You don’t have to run right to the nearest gold coin dealers or spend large amounts of money to start a valuable coin collection for your children. The value you get from starting this endeavor with your child comes in the time you spend together and the moments you create. And you may be surprised at the value of some of the coins you turn up.
lauren p says
I think that this is a great way for kids to learn the value of money and the flucuation in our economy. Thanks for the idea
agnes chamberlain says
thank you thank you o my I am ever so glad to come across your blog my daughter was just asking if she could start a coin collection and so happy to see some tips to start us off <3
Danielle Wood says
Such a great idea to get children to start a collection and for them to learn the value of money. And most importantly to them to have fun doing it
Michelle Tucker says
Great idea! My grandfather gave each of us kids an envelope filled with coins. I’ve got one from 1895 that I treasure. It’s probably not worth a lot, but to me, it’s priceless:)
Alison Roberson says
Great way to teach the kids how to count money! My sisters preschool class is sure to find this a hit!
tiffany laventure says
as a kid my grandmother started a coin collection for my sister and i. was fun doing it.. everytime she got a new coin for us we had the privlidge adding the coins into the collectors pouch.
Loved my coin collection that my great uncle started for me as a kid!
cole mckinnon says
I gave my two granddaughters coin collections from Danbury Mint for Xmas. They love it and are collecting and trading …
Casey M says
My fiance has a collection for our 2 year old daughter. I love that we can have something to save for her!
My kids have a coin collection (among several other collections) and they love it!
Sarah Hayes says
I think this would be a really neat thing for kids to get into. Its also a great way to teach them about different kinds of money and everything. how fun!
rebecca shockley says
I was given a coin collection when I was younger and now it has passed onto my kid’s they love it. I think your post was very well written and certainly a great idea
Lesley M. says
This is a great post. My husband has a collection that he started with his grandfather, so I am sure he will be continuing the collection with my son. I really like the tip of doing the research together, as this builds a strong love of history as well as a great relationship with the child.
Lynda B says
This is a great way to begin learning about other places as well – hit up friends traveling to other countries to bring back a bit of pocket change to go along with some good stories!
Adrianne B says
I have started a coin collection for my daughter with the valuable and unusual coins I had when I was a child.
sarah alexis says
My son really loves collecting coins. We have a jar with lots of foreign coins and he treasures them!
I started a collection of coins around the world for grandson years ago and he still has them and adds when he can
Anna McBride says
I love reading this because it reminds me of my mom who was a coin collector. She passed away last year but I would love for my kids to start collecting coins too. Thanks for the great ideas:)
Myra Ball says
Great ideas. My youngest 3 kids are the perfect she to start coin collecting. Lots of ideas I wouldn’t have thought
Sarah L says
I think the State Quarters is a great place to start. We had one a long time ago.
This is a great idea, I will have to start this with my grandkids..We collect silver for each grandchild, they absolutely love it. Thanks for another great idea!
violet taylor says
i had a coin collection as a kid, this is really awesome. i want to do this for my kids too.
Nazita Andrade says
Wow!love the idea! A great way for kids to learn the value of money and become responsible!
Sonya Cocherell says
Gracie is so in LOVE with coins. She saves change and counts it all the time. That’s a biggie at our house.
Amber Ludwig says
So super fun!! I always wanted to have a collection that would be worth something someday!! I would love to start one with my son!!
Jerry Marquardt says
This is a very nice idea.I love your article on starting a collection.
Lisa Coomer Queen says
This is great. My Dad use to do this for my children. I need to start it with my grandchildren. Thanks!
Becky Richardson says
Kids these days don’t have a concept of the value of money. Love this idea.
Coin collecting sounds like a lovely hobby! Especially for kids 🙂
Nancy Hilderbrand says
I started a coin collection for my kids when they were born. As they grew the coin collection was used to learn counting money and how to save.
Lindsay G says
My grandfather started a coin collection for me when I was really little, it’s a great keepsake from the past
barb g. says
I had a coin collection as a child. It really helps to keep them energized. Always looking for a new coin is fun.
Debbie Campbell says
I love this idea! I still have my Lincoln penny collections that I had started as a kid.
Jessica Cyr says
Jeanna Massman says
My father-in-law started coin collections for all of his grandchildren. It was a wonderful way for them to bond.
scott smith says
I have been saving coins my entire life and always figured they where for the kids.
Kim thorne says
That’s a great idea, something for the kids ,an investment and it also teaches them about money.
Jessica Cyr says
this is a great idea , great read too
Regina Elliott says
I have already started a collection for my granddaughter so when she grows up she will always have money
KATE SARSFIELD says
I inherited a coin collection with examples from all over pre-war Europe. Many of those countries no longer exist and it’s a great way of learning history and geography as well as financial responsibility.
I made a collection of coins with my father as a child, when I was 14 and I had spent all!
I love coin colections there so cool
Amy Green says
My mom started a coin collection for me when I was younger. I still have the binder it’s in. The design is very unique as it is a sturdy cardboard-style foldout with a red, white and blue/star-Spangled motif and the Statue of Liberty!
Sandra Watts says
We had a coin collection at one time. Unfortunately it came up missing. Have not started another since.
Nancy Burgess says
Great idea I think they would love this.
Sue E says
We have a finished State Quarter Coin Map Collection. At first we just did it for fun, but then we knew others doing it saying that this could mean money one day or would be a great gift for passing it down from generation to generation! I don’t see these quarters too much anymore!
This is a great idea and hobby for a child. We collected the quarters when they changed over and that was fun for our child, looking over the coins to find ones we didn’t have!
I give coin collecting starter kits and a book for birthday gifts, it’s been a big hit. I highly recommend doing this and starting them young. It’s fun!
My younger sister used to collect all the state quarters growing up. I have a lot of older coins that my parents gave me.
Amazon has a lot of starter kits, or they did at the end of the year. If you are interested in gifting these check them out. I also bought a new starter kit at Goodwill, never used/opened.
Jeanna Massman says
My father-in-law started coin collections for all his grad kids. It was a sweet way to connect with them.
This is a great idea,i have three boys who I bet would enjoy this. The only problem is they would raid my wallet for all my change lol
Pamela James says
These are some really good tips & awesome idea. Letting them have say & choose coins, etc is a big part of the fun for them. I like that you pointed that out.
anna Sisler says
i think you cant start saving early enough
Julie D says
I used to do this as a kid, and this would be RIGHT up my daughter’s alley!
Michelle Elizondo says
gale mccarron says
I adore this idea and highly recommend it myself. It’s a great way to incorporate a little history into your child’s life.
Both my older children have a collection of each state quarter that has come out that my grandparents did for them & they have started one for my suprise you’re prego miracle baby who just turned 1 today (may 13th) and we actually have continued all 3 collections my 17yr old & 11yr old have picked the ones they want & looking at these options i need to get something cool for my newest addition
Juliet Wilson says
My oldest loves to collect coins he gets so excited to get a new one for his collection
These are great ideas, my grandma loved collecting coins.
Sarah Bee says
Great tips! I have fond memories of my grandpa’s coin collection 🙂
Diana Corlett says
The kids and I started a coin collection when they were young. I still have it…I should bring it out to show my granddaughter when she comes to visit on the weekend. We enjoyed it and the stamp collection…it was something we could do together.
gloria patterson says
I think this is great idea all kids should have a hobby and this would be interesting. I can see a young kid and family get together ask to see what coins some one has in there purse/pocket
Darlene Maroni says
This is a wonderful idea..when the state quarters first started coming out I have been saving thm for my older grankids…now will be trying a different approach with the younger ones…Thank you for the idea’s and tips!!
belinda bell says
I love this. We started a penny collection with our daughter when she was young
Michelle Elizondo says
My kids love collecting.
What a unique post topic! Thanks for sharing!
Terry Poage says
This is a great idea. Not only can they collect coins their whole lives it also teaches them about money value.
nice collection thank you for sharing
Sarah L says
We collected all the state quarters.
LINDA CHURCH says
Teaching kids and their parents the value of money if teach parents they can help teach and instill these values in there children.
Michelle W says
I’ve started a coin collection when I was younger I plan on giving this to my son when he’s older and add to it the ones I collected for him should be a great collection to have plus it’s also fun to do he loves getting new coins
Jenna Niel says
What a great idea! When my oldest nephew was 4 I taught him to look for the State Quarters so he would always hoard them for me I’d ‘buy’ them from him. It was fun and I used the opportunity to teach him to count money, how to count in 5 and 10’s and eventually I taught him to budget. It was a great way to bound and hang out without him realizing he was learning anything! Making learning fun can be a challenge but this was actually pretty easy! Especially when his mom started letting him ‘buy’ treats from the Munchie cabinet! Little boxes of raisins or peanut butter cups with crackers, little things like that. It was great and he still remembers learning to count this way! We found out a week ago I’m gonna be a great Aunty and he told me he hopes he’s half the dad as I was an Aunty because, and I quote, I ‘ruled’ LoL
Saundra McKenzie says
Awesome idea! My granddaddy did this for me and I still have it. I also have a silver dollar made in my birth year that he gave me (1954).
Coin collecting was a very big hobby when I was a child and I have seen in go by the wayside… This is a reminder that we can go back and bring the art of collecting up to date..
Gina E says
seems like a fun idea!
Darcy Koch says
My kids save dimes. Why? Because they are the smallest, so they say. And the best looking. They want to collect all the dimes from the 60’s on up to and including the 90’s. Why? I don’t know.