Enticing the kids to spend quality time rolling up that bucketful of loose change may be the novel and patriotic thing to do but collecting them can be a lot more fun — and educational, too: the rarity of the coin, the weight of the silver, its age, and the history that the coin represents.

Check out the United States Mint website set up just for kids. It is a godsend for parents or guardians home schooling bored kids who have run out of instructive yet entertaining ideas. It is packed with fascinating information about how coins are made, what they’re made of, plus a bonus 10 pages of fun facts about coins that will amaze the kids and keep them engaged. Visit usmint.gov/learn/kids.

— The US Mint has a fun webpage just for kids —

The website has a “math jam” that teaches adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing using a cartoon basketball. The “coin library” describes the different coins the mint makes. The “collecting” section describes how to start a coin collection, handling it and storing it.

There are six parts to a coin. Each one has a special name. Who knew?

You can tell where a coin came from by its “mint mark.” P for Philadelphia, D for Denver, S for San Francisco — except the Philadelphia Lincoln cent which has no mark.

Thomas Jefferson liked to count by 10s, the website says, and he was the founding father who encouraged the use of the decimal money system — one cent, five cents, 10 cents, 25 cents — that we use today.

There are fun videos, too, showing how coins are made, the history of coins, and coins that are in outer space.

Once the budding coin collector figures out what they want to start collecting, they can separate out all the exotic coins from the mundane ones they plan to take to the bank for cash or deposit.

Tom Broad
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Besides being a proud graduate of The University of Nebraska-Lincoln and, therefore, a Cornhusker, I am retired from Memorial Hermann. I am a correspondent and columnist for Lake Houston's hometown paper, The Tribune, as well as a director of the Lake Houston Redevelopment Corporation, a member of the board of the Humble Area Assistance Ministries, and Volunteer Extraordinaire for the Lake Houston Area Chamber.

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