Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Presidential Dollar Coins Anyone?

I may have posted on this before, but it's worth another visit!

Anyone else collecting the Presidential Dollar Coins? We are avid collectors and it gives me one reason to visit the bank in our tiny town four times a year. I pull up to the drive thru teller and request dollars for dollars. I don't know if anyone else in town collects them, but they always have them. On February 19th, William Henry Harrison will be released.

We started collecting from the very beginning as part of E10's then obession with US Presidents and I would say that he still loves reading about any president because if something is sitting around with a feature on a President, you'll find him reading about him. You may remember E10 was "reading through the Presidents". We still have that as a work on progress though it has slowed down.

You can visit the kid's site on the US Mint website for great activities. There are lesson plans for teachers on just about any of the recently minted series of coins. I just learned about the First Spouse coins too.

You can print coloring pages of the coins and learn about the coin's unique features. For example, this is the first coin with edge lettering. This is where you'll find items traditionally on the front of a coin like the minting date, E Pluribus Unim, and In God We Trust.

Did you know that there will be four new cent designs this year to honor Abraham Lincoln's 200th birthday?

The first has a log cabin on the reverse of the coin.

The traditional image of Lincoln is on the obverse of the coin.

You can read about the Lincoln Birthplace Coin at the US Mint for kids site called H.I.P. Pocket Change.

I'm sure I'll be able to update you on coins once E10 our fact prince starts his coin collecting class at homeschool co-op on Monday next week. I'm looking forward to all kinds of new information about coins!


Kisha said...

Heather, thanks for this info. I had no idea! My daughter is fascinated with presidents. Always has been. I suddenly feel the need to make a trip to the bank!

Holly said...

I did not know about the president dollars or the new pennies- Trevor still has 3 more state quarters to find he loves them!

MICHELE said...

What perfect timing!

Just last night, at Michigan History... the instructor gave a little overview about Wm. H. Harrison!!! And, we too are slowly going through each president... Harrison is exactly where we're at!

I think I'll surprise Tommie and pick a new dollar up at the bank...maybe wrap it in a little box and set it at his plate at dinner?

Thanks Heather...


purple squirrel said...

Heather, thanks for the reminder about the pennies.. I had forgotten!
Hey, I just gave you an award, too!

Blessings, Lis in MA

School for Us said...

Oh, I was wondering how you went about "finding" the presidential coins! Thanks!