Ten P2 students from Ms. Bean’s class at Elliot Primary School recently visited the Bermuda Monetary Authority (BMA or the Authority) for a lesson in Bermuda’s currency and tour of the Authority’s Museum of Notes and Coins.
The class tour was directed by Mr. Michael Burgess of the BMA and focused on teaching the children about numismatics, which is the study or collection of currency. Numismatics includes collections of coins, tokens, paper money and related objects, like what is on display in the BMA’s museum.
The tour begins with a presentation that is customised for primary school children. This lesson gives students a better overall understanding of currency, such as the value of money, how it is made and circulation processes from distribution to the end of a currency’s lifecycle. It also focuses on the island’s history from the introduction of currency in Bermuda to present day, including significant historical references and landmarks that are integrated into our local coins and banknotes. Following the presentation, students are provided with an interactive tour of the museum, allowing for a closer view of the coins and paper notes that were introduced during the presentation. This combination of classroom style learning and touring the museum has proven to be a successful combination for students to better understand of the concept of currency.