Ancient Coin Museums: Nurturing the Next Generation of Numismatists
Building on the hands-on experience of students who participate in Ancient Coins for Education (ACE), the school-based Ancient Coin Museums introduce a wider audience to the world of ancient coin collecting.
November 02, 2005
Each school participating in the Ancient Coin Museum program has a collection that can be exhibited, used as a study collection, or a combination of the two. Both approaches extend the reach of ACE to the wider school population, to parents, and to the community as a whole. For students who have already cleaned and attributed a late-imperial coin through ACE, the museums offer an opportunity to extend their knowledge by comparing and contrasting coins from other periods of Roman history and beyond. For parents, other students, and visitors from the larger community, the museum may well be their first-ever exposure to ancient coins. It’s hard to imagine a better way of building goodwill toward the hobby, or of recruiting well-informed and enthusiastic supporters.
Why Are Schools Looking for Specific Coins?
Each ACE Coin Museum has a theme, which ties in to the school's curriculum and is of special interest to its students. For example, the ACE Coin Museum in Orange Park, Florida, has for its theme "Hercules: Greatest of Heroes." Through the medium of numismatics, the museum's displays teach students about the life of Hercules, his deification, and his later use as an icon by Roman emperors. This theme dovetails with the Latin curriculum, where the myth of Hercules is studied in seventh grade, and with the sixth-grade ancient history class, which recreates the Olympic Games (founded, according to legend, by Hercules) every year. The world history classes find a connection to the coins in the use of the myth of Hercules by Roman emperors, and the art history class is pulled in through the iconography used on the coins. These direct ties to the curriculum encourage a range of teachers at the school to have their students visit the coin museum and learn about the
images on the coins. While the teacher who directs the museum has been able to purchase some coins to illustrate the theme, funds are limited. She is hoping that someone may be able to help her fill in the gaps, to make the display even more meaningful to her students.
How You Can Help:
provides a link to the coins being sought by the various ACE Ancient Coin Museums. If you can help by donating one of these coins, it will be tremendously appreciated, and ACE will send you a tax-deductible receipt.
We are obviously not looking for museum-quality coins, but they should show decent detail, especially on whichever side (obverse or reverse) is being sought by the teacher. For example, it is more important for a “Centaur” requested on the reverse of a coin to be clear than for the obverse of the coin to be identifiable. At this point we should explain that in museum exhibits, the coin is displayed next to an enlarged image of a Very Fine version of the same coin, so that students and members of the public can more easily distinguish the details. A donor card also notes who donated the particular coin, and text with historical background gives the context.
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Please email Souzana at ACE Hauslohn@cox.net if you can donate one or more coins on the list to our wonderful Ancient Coin Museums.
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