"They are sometimes pretty and shiny," 7-year-old
"They are made at three mints, in
It was all about the money during the local observance of National Coin Week.
Held at the
"I knew there was some cool stuff in here. I just didn't know what until today," said Ruppert, who has lived in
Like some who attended the event, it was his first visit to the
It won't be his last.
"This is outstanding -- extremely informative and interesting," he said. "I'd recommend it to anyone who's interested in history and the way things were done in ancient times."
This year's National Coin Week theme, "Coin and Country: Celebrating Civic Service," was selected in honor of President
The nonprofit organization was chartered by
After Kennedy was assassinated in
The event's theme developed, Dickes said, because Kennedy was known for his comments that encouraged civic service, including his most famous quote from his inauguration speech in 1961, "And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country."
In addition to exhibits featuring some of the rarest U.S. gold coins ever struck, a chronicle of the history of money throughout the world and a look at the currency of the Civil War, the museum had plenty of hands-on kids' stuff, including a historical scavenger hunt and digging for coins in a treasure chest.
"If we get young people thinking about collecting coins, then hopefully we can nurture a lifetime of enjoyment in the hobby," Dickes said.
"I'm going to start doing it as soon as I get home," Hunter said. "I like how you can use modern-day coins to create art."
Hobo nickels are fashioned out of buffalo nickels by scraping the metal and making a new design. "The beautiful thing about hobo nickels is there's no wrong way to do it," Leech said while showing the technique to a crowd.
"That's my style of hobby," said museum visitor
Leech replied: "It's so much fun; if you can imagine it, you can carve it."
Bauer said she had never seen such a thing before.
"It's a very unique art, and there's a lot of history to it. And anybody can do it. That's cool."
The museum is getting ready for a new exhibit, "Treasures of the Deep," which opens
"One of the most effective and interesting ways to view history is through coinage, especially in times when there were no photographs or printing presses," Dickes said. "Coins are some of the best first-hand historical documents we have."
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