History can be a very dry subject. Many children find it boring. Reading about ancient civilizations in a textbook is not exactly a thrilling experience. This is one reason that schools organize trips to museums. Seeing artifacts from ancient civilizations makes the history come to life for children.
You can take it one step further and purchase ancient coins. You can’t obviously take home ancient vases or ruins, but you can own coins that were used in the past. If your child has the opportunity to hold the coins and look at them, then they might become more interested in ancient cultures. Here are some types of coins you can buy and bring home:
Ancient Roman Coins
Roman coins are an excellent introduction to the Ancient world. One reason is that many of the coins feature the images of different Roman leaders. If you buy one of these coins, for example, a denarius, your child will get to look at a coin that was passed around during the height of the Roman Empire. They will also see the face of a famous leader. You can then teach them about the person, be it Marcus Aurelius or Vespasian. This discussion can include tidbits about daily Roman life.
Ancient Greek Coins
Greek coins are not as available as Roman coins, but you can find some good deals online. One of the great things about Greek coins is that they can help you discuss the impact and power of Greece during the Hellenistic period. During this time period, the coins spread out across the empire.
You could also buy a tetradrachm online that has a depiction of Alexander the Great. You can use this to talk about the expansion of Greece under this world famous leader.
Ancient Coins From Biblical Times
If you are interested in teaching the New Testament to your child, then there is a coin that would be perfect. It is known as the “Widow’s Mite.” This comes from a story in the Gospel of Mark. In the story, Jesus speaks about the donations that a poor woman makes. Even though she only has a “mite,” it is said to be worth more than the larger donations of the rich due to it being all that she possesses.
Mites were bronze, and minted in Judea around the time of Christ. There are many places online where you can purchase them. Imagine how amazed your child will be when they are holding something that was used during the time of Christ. Visit Harlan J Berk, Ltd. for deals on ancient coins for sale.