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The E-Sylum:  Volume 11, Number 5, February 3, 2008, Article 28

ARTICLE HIGHLIGHTS ANCIENT COINS FOR EDUCATION PROGRAM IN VIRGINIA

This article appeared in the Newport News, Va., Daily Press
this week.  It's about students learning about Latin and
ancient numismatics using coins supplied by the Ancient
Coins for Education (ACE) program.  -Editor]

Each student in class received one of the small bronze coins,
which were donated by coin dealers through a nonprofit,
nationwide program called Ancient Coins of Education.

The ancient pocket change, which dates from about 300 to 400
A.D, offers students a chance to practice not only language
and detective skills, but also to study history, mythology,
economics and civics.

They must prepare a Power Point presentation of their
findings, adding technology skills to the lesson mix.

"I don't think they're doing stuff with coins in Spanish
or French," Blackwood said. "We do other things. It's more
than just language. That adds to the fun factor."

"Latin isn't just Virgil anymore," Auanger added.

That's the reason 16-year-old Siedah Holmes decided
to enroll.

She said she now can figure out English word definitions
and origins based on her Latin lessons.

Students cleaned the Roman coins with old toothbrushes
and used microscopes to study mint marks and other details.

Holmes said students also spent time on the Internet,
looking up empires and campaigns.

"We did a lot of research," she said.

Auanger said the coin detective work helps sharpen other
skills students will need for college and work.

"They have to think about things they don't know and
not jump to conclusions," she said, watching Holmes try
to match her coin to the examples on the poster.

"It's got to be one of them," Holmes said.

To read the complete article, see:
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For more information on Ancient Coins for Education, see:
ancientcoinsforeducation.org

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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