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Reid, Margarette S.
New York : Dutton, 2011
IL K-3, RL 2.9
ISBN 0525478795
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I enjoyed this book because it is a non-fiction book, yet it tells the history of coins.  It begins with talking about the very first type of barter that the Indians used.  The author, through her storytelling, explains the definition of “Struck at the mint” being where coins are made.

 This story is told through the eyes of a young boy and his father.  The boy talks of collecting and the difference in his collection to his fathers’.  They discuss the value of certain coins and their color. 

 Interesting facts are included throughout the book, such as:

·        The United States Mint produces over a thousand pennies a second.

·        The penny was issued in 1909 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth. 

·        The dime is the smallest coin we use today and President Franklin Roosevelt is on one side of the dime. 

·        George Washington did not want his face on a coin.  He thought it would make him look like a king.  Therefore, he is on the quarter.


(Booktalk by Gail Goldberg for 2014 Louisiana Young Readers’ Choice nominee)

SUBJECTS:       Coins -- Collectors and collecting.
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