Making ancient coins

ICS students learn about Rome
Alex Green
Apr 25, 2014


In ancient times, they would have been called goldsmiths.

Immaculate Conception thirdgraders took an imaginative journey back in time to the world of ancient Rome.

They’re reading a book about time travelers who experienced the famous eras of ancient Rome and ancient Greece, so they tried to emulate their favorite literary characters. They made customized, oversized coins using paper plates, aluminum foil and metallic paints.

It was one of the more fun aspects of the weeks-long lesson that taught them about Romulus and Remus, Mount Vesuvius and Julius Caesar.

The coins varied in shape, color and especially imagery. Most coins had a main icon such as a silhouette of a person, or an image of a building or animal.

Students made their coins in the likeness of Roman currency, a topic in which they’re now well-versed. “It has been a fun project,” Stefanie Jadwisiak said. Ancient Roman coins were made of gold, silver or copper. The coins displayed faces of legendary rulers Antoninianus and Sesertius. Immaculate Conception thirdgraders now know all about it.



I hope and pray that at least one of the children said "Render unto Caesar what is rightfully his" while turning in their projects.
This is real progress. As a child we had Macaroni and water colors to make projects from. Most of which was ate by the time class was over. There we were, proudly standing in line with sharp shards of macaroni sticking out of our gums with purple and green faces waiting to turn in our macaroni pictures painted in all sorts of colors thinking we had accomplished something special that would later be hung on the fridge for all to see. Here these kids are learning real history while counterfeiting ancient currency and learning the monetary policy's of the ancients.


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