Mint Your Own Coin

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Coins are everyday objects which tell a lot about the people who use them. In this activity, learners create their own piece of history by drawing and creating a coin that symbolizes something special about their lives. Use this activity to introduce learners to archaeology and why coins are valuable artifacts.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per student

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 14

Resource Type:


Materials List (per student)

  • paper
  • pens, pencils, and crayons
  • white cardboard or sturdy white construction paper
  • something round to trace like a cup, soda can or lid
  • scissors


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Earth's History
      • Archeology
  • Life Sciences
    • Evolution
      • History of Life
  • Engineering and Technology
    • Technology
  • Physical Sciences
    • Structure and Properties of Matter
  • The Nature of Science
    • Science as a Career
  • The Nature of Technology
    • Technology and Society
      • Technology and History

Informal Categories

  • Arts and Crafts
  • Financial Literacy


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Links STEM to other topics of interest such as arts and humanities
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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Access Rights:

  • Free access


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