Don't Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is
According to Coin World, a recent article in the Scientific American reveals just how dirty paper money can be. 'Paper Money' is actually not paper. It is 75% cotton and 25% linen. It is porous and serves as a breeding ground for bacteria. The longer the note stays in circulation, the more contaminated it can become. Some pathogens can survive for months - hence the conclusion of some that 'perhaps all money should be laundered'.
An Air Force study from 2002 found that 94% of the one dollar notes they tested contained forms of bacteria. A study at NYU found 3,000 types of organisms on the 80 one dollar bills they tested. These included bacteria linked to pneumonia, food poisoning and staph infections. Also found were traces of animal DNA.
These studies are being used by the health agencies as an argument for a 'cashless society'.
Intro To Coins
One of our favorite things is introducing young people to the joy of coin collecting. Studying coins from around the world gives us a greater appreciation for history, geography, art, math and even chemistry. It also promotes community and enjoyment. And you might even stumble across a hidden treasure!
The main objective of collecting is to have fun. Having fun with a group is... well, more fun! How do you start collecting? There are several ways. Most revolve around a certain type of coin.
Here are some examples.
Denomination: pennies (as seen here)
nickels, dimes, state quarters, etc.
Shapes: holes in the middle, squares, or flowers (as seen above).
Subject: elephants, palm trees, monkeys, etc.
Again, the object is to learn, share and have fun.
Some things to think about:
Start a collector group.
Learn the values of coins.
Buy a folder to store coins.
Buy a book about the coins you are interested in.
Learn the history of money.
We can help!