Winter Break Hobby by: Ashwin S.

This winter break I had a friend of mine come to my house. He told me about how he collected coins and he got me started on collecting state quarters. I find collecting coins really fun because of all the intricate designs you see. I have this huge coin jar full of 119.23 dollars worth of change so my friend and I looked through for coins. Surprisingly, we found 51 out of all 56 coins you need to find for state quarters. Besides the 50 state quarters in the collection they also have 6 extension quarters in the collection which are Guam, Puerto Rico, Washington D.C, Northern Mariana Islands, Virgin Islands and American Samoa. Another interesting fact about the collection is that if you have all 56 quarters the value of the collection can be worth quiet a lot of money. Even more interesting is that if there is an error on a coin (like if they have “In God We Rust” engraved on the coin instead of “In God We Trust” which is quite a common error on Kansas state coins) it can be worth even more money. Right now the state quarters I’m missing are Oregon, Michigan, Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa and Puerto Rico.

Collecting Coins My Hobby by Josh K

At home I am very fond of collecting coins, but not just any coins. I have collected all of the state quarters and the U.S. Territory quarters. Currently I am collecting Presidential Gold Dollars, National Park quarters, and Indian Gold Dollars. You could find these coins ANYWHERE! My brother once found Gettysburg National Park quarter in a phone case stand at Southpoint Mall. Today, in French class we talked about the European euro. At the end of class my teacher gave me a 2 euro coin from 1999. That was the first year they used the euro. The back of the coin is the French national side, and it has a tree on the back. Of the national park quarters my favorite is the Grand Canyon, but I have many others such as Gettysburg,Vicksburg,Glacier, Hot Springs, Yosemite, Yellowstone, and Mount Hood. I am hoping to get Olympic National Park and  Chickawsaw.

 Quarters From Wikimedia Commons. Euro from my Desktop.