Numismatic gift suggestions for little ones?

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  1. goldrealmoney79

    goldrealmoney79 Active Member

    Was hoping to get some input from members here, my niece who is young has an interest in coins, on top of the regular gifts im purchasing this year I decided to throw in a couple numismatic items, however im struggling to figure out what I should purchase to instill some curiosity or fire. What have you guys had success with in the past gift wise for a yn? Anything yall can recommend?
    Currently ive purchased a 2009 penny set, but unsure what else to throw in. ..
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  3. YoloBagels

    YoloBagels Well-Known Member

    I used to give out mercury dimes at scout camps. You could also buy buffalo nickels in bulk and give those out; they are interesting enough and affordable.

    Another idea is to get them whitman wheat penny or state quarter books.
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  4. The Eidolon

    The Eidolon Well-Known Member

    Coins with interesting shapes are good. Younger kids tend to be less interested in the condition or rarity of a coin, and they don't have much sense of history yet. I gave these to my kids (ages 5-18 at the time) and they seemed popular.
    For US coins obsolete denominations like 2 and 3 cent pieces are good. 2015 copy.jpg
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  5. ToughCOINS

    ToughCOINS Dealer Member Moderator

    An assortment of 2x2 holders and a stapler . . . you'd be surprised how suddenly everything gets scrutinized for the opportunity to "entomb" it in one's holder.
  6. QuintupleSovereign

    QuintupleSovereign Well-Known Member

    Get her a Peace dollar; gorgeous design and a great discussion starter on why we don't make coins like those anymore.
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  7. masterswimmer

    masterswimmer Well-Known Member

    1970's & 1980's proof sets are pretty, nicely presented, and unfortunately, cheap.
  8. green18

    green18 Unknown member Sweet on Commemorative Coins Supporter

    Current mint set/proof set.......
  9. ja59

    ja59 Missing the Beach just not as much as ...

    Couple of junk silver coins, Mercury dimes, barber coins, Standing liberty quarters, etc
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  10. CamaroDMD

    CamaroDMD [Insert Clever Title]

    What about a proof set or ASE from her birth year?
  11. Kentucky

    Kentucky Supporter! Supporter

    I'll second @CamaroDMD idea of a proof set, also maybe one from a foreign country for that year also.
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  12. ddddd

    ddddd Member

    People might scoff at the various modern world releases, but they offer a variety of options for all sorts of interests. You can find Disney, animals, cars, movies, etc and any of those can spark an interest in a young collector.
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  13. Bman33

    Bman33 Well-Known Member

    You can never go wrong with Silver Eagles for the young ones. A proof would be cool also. Make sure you put them in airtight capsules though.
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  14. micbraun

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    I’d suggest something like this - kids love shiny things, colors, and of course Mickey :)
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  15. Beardigger

    Beardigger Well-Known Member

    I see it was already suggested......but a nice proof set from her birth year would be cool. How old is she? If she is 11 or 12.....she might think an OLD coin is cool. Maybe a 18XX morgan? A little fellow I am helping is really fascinated with older coins. Over 100 years old is super cool to him.
  16. Randy Abercrombie

    Randy Abercrombie Supporter! Supporter

    I was a very excited young coin collector. Honestly the one thing that was given to me that I remember the most was my very first Redbook.
  17. paddyman98

    paddyman98 Let me burst your bubble! Supporter

    True! I was just about to suggest that also :wideyed:
  18. green18

    green18 Unknown member Sweet on Commemorative Coins Supporter

    Quite right Paddy.........the ultimate book of dreams wherein I developed my love of commemorative issues from a very young age. :)
  19. JeffC

    JeffC Never buying coin tubes with pull-off caps again. Supporter

    If she's quite young and an HP fan, she may be inspired by this set. I know they're not real and I know some serious collectors may frown upon them. But they foster imagination and sometimes, something "fake" can end up stoking a "geniune" interest.

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  20. physics-fan3.14

    physics-fan3.14 You got any more of them.... prooflikes?

    How old is she exactly? Depending on the age, the recommendations might vary significantly. For example, if she's 10-11, a couple of books would be a great idea! Not so much if she's 5 or 6.

    My Coin Christmas - I was 10. I got 3 Whitman blue albums with a few coins in them (a few wheat pennies, a Susan B Anthony, and a silver quarter, if I recall), a Red Book, and Coin Collecting for Dummies. I was hooked, and haven't stopped since.

    Since that time, I'd probably add one more book to the kit, (link below), but this is a really great kid's collecting starting kit.
  21. Vess1

    Vess1 CT SP VIP

    The US mint offers annual ornaments. Ones for kids and one's a regular one. This year it's a snowflake with a nickel in the center. I thought it looked nice so I got one. They use random uncirculated coins for the center piece each year. Last year was a wreath with a Kennedy half.
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