Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Entertainment for Pennies

A few weeks ago, Jonah expressed interest in coin collecting when he found what he thought was a really rare coin. It wasn't, but that didn't stop him from asking me to give him some money and take him to a coin store in Beaverton.

Instead, I ordered these penny books for Jonah and Isaac so they could fund their coin collecting hobby themselves. The books arrived yesterday and when the boys got home from school, they checked between the couch cushions, under beds, in the dryer vent, or anywhere else spare change might accumulate (e.g. my wallet, Robert's dresser drawer) for pennies for their collection.

They were hooked.

Today I picked up 2 rolls of pennies at the bank for Jonah and Isaac to search through. One dollar bought them 30 minutes of entertainment and me the joy of hearing Jonah shout, "I got a 1969 S!! That's my first S!"

Jonah also found a 1940 Wheat penny in his roll of coins but unfortunately our books only go back to 1941. Jonah has stashed the penny in a secret place and even wanted to shine it up so would-be thieves would mistake it for something much newer.

I can't help but wonder if coin collecting will be a temporary diversion or life-long hobby?

In the meantime, the boys are looking for steel pennies minted in 1943, 1944 and 1945 if you happen to have any laying around, you will earn the love and devotion of two young numismatists if you send them our way.

9 comments:

Erika said...

My 2 girls have the map of U.S. quarter boards. I've become obsessive with these and have found that I enjoy collecting the quarters more than the girls! I'm starting to collect more quarters when I come across them and intend to buy Christian a quarter board too. Even if it is for my pure enjoyment, at least it will be a good geography lesson for him, right? I never thought to do pennies, but I think we should do those too. Pennies would be a lot cheaper, and my boys are always interested to see what date they have anyway.

Our Family said...

Where did you get the penny books? Adam needs a collection for Cubs and he would probably love that.

Heather said...

"numisma...." What?!

Afton said...

I ordered them from Amazon, but they took about a week and a half to arrive with free shipping. I believe they were only $2.50 each. I bet there is a coin shop somewhere around there that would carry them.

Debbie said...

Greg has been keeping a $2 bill in his walled from every country he visits. I guess he put his own twist on it because he hates change. If we're together and he gets change it immediately goes to me.

Awesome for your boys though! You're such a great mom!

Debbie said...

Oh yeah...I loved the photo too! Your photography is getting better and better! :)

I-Shüan Warr said...

Have you seen the new pennies with scenes from Lincoln's life? Like Lincoln sitting on a log? The Lincoln Log penny is my favorite!

Afton said...

Lincoln log! ha!

Erika said...

The new pennies are so cool! I just went on Amazon and bought some of these books for Pierce. I'm so excited!! I'm going to wait and give them to him on spring break so they will help keep him busy! Thanks so much for the idea.