As the old saying goes, ‘it takes a village to raise a child,’ we may also substitute in our own words and say, ‘it takes the entire hobby to cultivate new collectors.’
The question has been asked many times with regard to what can be done to attract new collectors to the hobby and introduce our youth to coin collecting. We’ve seen many examples in recent months, including the Great American Coin Hunt as well as the ANA’s Coins in the Classroom program. Even the U.S. Mint is devising ways to bring youth into the hobby. Their two most recent products aimed at youth, the 2019 Rocketship Set and the 2019 Explore and Discover Set are both doing well. The price point is right and both are fairly interactive.
Just this week I was emailing with a contributor about an article he was writing, which was a tad behind schedule, only to learn that the delay was related to a speaking engagement he had with a local 4-H chapter in which he was giving a presentation on coin collecting.
So as we are entering the summer vacation for many youngsters here in the Midwest, I thought it appropriate to remind readers about another program offered by the ANA called Coins for A’s.
This program rewards kids under 18 who earn three or more A’s in a marking period with a free electronic membership to the ANA as well as a free world coin. A different coin can be earned each marking period the student receives three A’s!
Not only does the program spark interest in coin collecting, but it also promotes academic success in the classroom and challenges kids to further explore the countries their coins are from.
There is no charge to participate. New participants may enroll for a free one-year electronic membership to the ANA (available to non-members). Interested kids, with their parents’ help, should send a current report card with three or more A’s to: Rod Gillis, Education Director, American Numismatic Association, 818 N. Cascade Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80903. Or email Rod at firstname.lastname@example.org. Find complete details at https://www.money.org/young-numismatists/coin-education/coins-for-as.