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Hobby offers change of pace
BY Megan Schmidt

Museum workshop introduces youngsters to coin collecting
Few hobbies can teach as much history to children -- or be as cheap for parents -- as coin collecting.
That's what Sid Boonstra thinks, and it's why he led a coin collecting workshop for children ages 6 to 12 at The Holland Museum Saturday afternoon.

Boonstra, who owns and operates Boonstra Coin and Stamp, 130 E. Lakewood Blvd., said the time children spend learning to clean and care for their coin collections can become a valuable history lesson.

"It's good to get kids interested in something other than watching TV," he said. "There's a history behind the coins and asking, 'Why is (Thomas) Jefferson on this coin?'

"For a beginner, it's really not expensive either, getting going on pennies or nickels," he added.

Boonstra began Saturday's workshop by giving each child a bag of 50 wheat pennies -- pennies produced from 1909 to 1958. He also instructed them on how to clean them using a swab and a cup of soapy water.

He had a few other tips for keeping old coins in top shape: always store them at room temperature -- never in the basement -- and keep moisture away.

For collector Joshua Orton, 10, keeping his coins in good condition is a priority.

"I'm collecting all the ones with the different backs," he said. "I'm missing a couple."

Delaney Cavanagh, 8, said she's on the hunt for a specific coin to add to her collection, too.

"I'm looking for Sacagawea," she said, referring to the Native American woman who accompanied Lewis and Clark on their 19th-century expedition. "She's on a quarter made during a certain time. I'm still working on it."

Alex Hearn, 9, already has a piece of tender he truly prizes, he said.

"I've got an Egyptian five dollar bill," he said. "It's my favorite of all my coins from around the world."

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