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What Do You Collect? – The New York Times


Do you like collecting? Have you ever collected things like sneakers, dolls, comic books or stamps?

Have you ever thought about collecting coins? (Yes, those little shiny things you get back from cashiers that jingle in your pockets.) Or do you mostly find pennies to be an annoyance?

In “They Love Coins (Just Not Bitcoin),” Julia Rothman and Shaina Feinberg share interviews with four millennial and Gen Z numismatists (coin collectors). Here are a few excerpts from their conversations:

Students, read the entire article, then tell us:

  • Do you consider yourself a collector? If so, of what and why? Would you ever be interested in trying to sell your collection?

  • If you are a collector, what do you like most about the hobby? Do you love the thrill of hunting down new items or looking at what you’ve already amassed? What tips do you have for other people who might want to start?

  • If you aren’t, why not? Is there anything you think you might like to collect someday? Do you know anyone with an impressive collection?

  • Does reading the article make you more interested in coins? Would you ever consider starting a collection, or perhaps buying and selling coins?

  • Why do you think people like to collect things? What do you think a collection says about the person who keeps it?

Want more writing prompts? You can find all of our questions in our Student Opinion column. Teachers, check out this guide to learn how you can incorporate them into your classroom.

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