Getting children involved in coin collecting is not at all difficult.
In fact, it seems many kids are generally intrigued by the coins they have in their hands, and they are often quite willing to learn more about them if given the opportunity.
When your child starts noticing things about the coins they find around the house or while you’re out and about, that is the time to teach your child about the basics of collecting coins.
Most kids simply need a basic coin folder and some early help by their parents to get their coin collecting hobby going. You can help your child find certain coins and show them different interesting aspects of the design. Your child will also need your help in finding the right coin books to help them gain knowledge.
Soon, as your child grows and learns more about coin collecting, you will be watching a self-sufficient numismatist doing all of their own research, coin-finding, coin buying and selling at a coin dealer.
Take the time to share in the hobby with your child, especially if coin collecting is something you enjoy, too. One of the great things about coin collecting is that it is a hobby which can last a lifetime and help bridge gaps between generations.
My love for coins began when I was 11 years old. I primarily collect and study U.S. coins produced during the 20th century. I'm a member of the American Numismatic Association (ANA) and the Numismatic Literary Guild (NLG) and have won multiple awards from the NLG for my work as a coin journalist. I'm also the editor at CDN Publishing (a trusted source for the price of U.S. rare coins), editor at the Florida United Numismatists Club (FUN Topics magazine), and author of Images of America: The United States Mint in Philadelphia (a book that explores the colorful history of the Philadelphia Mint). I've contributed hundreds of articles for various coin publications including COINage, The Numismatist, Numismatic News, Coin Dealer Newsletter, Coin Values, and CoinWeek. I've also authored nearly 1,000 articles here at The Fun Times Guide to Coins — and I welcome your coin questions in the comments below!