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Kidsday: Collecting coins

I started collecting coins and old bills when I was 6. My first coin I found in an old chest. It was a 1943 wheat penny. My grandfather offered me $1 for the penny, but I decided to keep it. After that day, I started to research and learn about different kinds of coins. I learned where to look, what to look for, how to tell the value of coins and how to handle them.

When I first began collecting coins, I would get rolls of pennies from the bank. I would pull out the wheat pennies and Indian Head pennies.

When my great-grandmother learned of my hobby, she passed on my great-great grandfather's coin collection. He had a mint condition 1901 Indian head penny. He also had 1943 zinc-coated steel pennies. This was the only year that the penny was made with zinc rather than copper. This was done to save money during World War II.

When you handle coins, you must be careful. It's best to wear cloth gloves, hold them from the sides and keep the coins in cases or in books. There are many books for coin collectors. I collect old coins, unusual coins, misprint coins, rare coins, limited edition coins and foreign coins.

One of my favorite treasures in my collection is my 1935 silver certificate. Years ago, you would trade in the silver certificate and get silver in return.

My John F. Kennedy Stamp & Coin Collection has the most sentimental value to me because it was passed on from my grandfather to my father and then to me.

My earliest coin is from the early 1800s.

I like collecting because it has taught me interesting facts in history. It always amazes me when I'm holding a coin that is more than 200 years old.

Avengers, assemble for this toy

The Marvel Avengers Tri-Power Repulsor (Hasbro) is a fun toy. This set includes toys imitating the Hulk, Thor, Captain America and Iron Man. The toy says phrases that Iron Man would say, like "Avengers Assemble" or "I am Iron Man." It also has different sound effects. This toy is very interesting because the missiles shoot farther than you expect.

The problem with this toy is that for it to talk, you have to move the part that attaches to your wrist. This is a problem because it is hard to move your wrist with the toy attached. Another problem is the buttons to shoot are on the bottom so you can't shoot quickly. But overall, it is very fun to use.

RATING: 31/2 of 5

--Kidsday Reporter Teddy Nelson

CLASS OF THE WEEK: Liz LeSueur's fifth-grade class, JOHN J. DALY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, Port Washington

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