Collecting is  a very broad and popular topic for hobbies .

and it is a very easy one for young children to pursue.  Collecting can include: coins, stamps, rocks, dolls, baseball cards, action figures, post cards, comic books, dolls. Barbie dolls, sea shells, rocks, military paraphernalia, movie and/or sports memorabilia and more.  A collection is a great way to learn about people, places and things.

Coin collecting can be an interesting, and educational hobby for kids. There are an abundance of books on this subject to help with research.

It can be fascinating to read about different cultures and to find out how currency has played a part in their development. Every coin has a story behind it.  What does the design mean?  What was the original value of the coin?  Why was it made out of the metal selected? Finding out the stories behind a coin can be just as much fun as finding the coins themselves. Your child can also learn about geography by collecting coins from many different parts of the world and tracking it on a map.


It is easy to get started in collecting coins. The first place to look, with parent’s permission, is in common places like your piggy bank and mom’s change purse. Next let your relatives know of your new adventure. Grandparents, aunts and uncles  may have some old coins saved or may have some from a their trip abroad. You can also check flea markets or the cheap bins at coin shops.  Start with whatever coins strike your interest. For young children you can start with a box or jars for storage. 


The combination approach, meaning buying as well as finding coins, is a good way to enhance your collection.  Some sources to investigate are listed below:

  • Local Banks
  • Coin Dealers
  • Collectors Clubs
  • Coin Shows
  • Internet Dealers
  • Auctions
  • Flea Markets
  • Antique Shops
  • Antique Shows
  • Mall Craft Exhibits