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Making Cents - All the news that's fit to mint! - What's news at the United States Mint!

Welcome to the summer 2003 issue of Making Cents, the online newsletter that tells you what's new and striking at the United States Mint.  Be sure to check back every 3 months for a new issue.

Quarters of the Quarter

Near the end of June, the Maine quarter began to circulate...much like the ocean waters that circulate along this state's rocky coast.  Some of that coast is shown on the coin, along with a lighthouse and a ship, part of Maine's maritime history.  So grab your telescope and be on the lookout for the coin...and read more about it in the Coin News area.

During the summer quarter of 2003, which begins with July, Missouri's quarter dollar will make its first appearance.  The coin's design features the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, a monument to westward expansion.  Even though the Gateway Arch was built more than a hundred years after the Lewis and Clark expedition returned from exploring the West, the arch and the expedition will appear in the same stirring scene on Missouri's shiny new quarter.  You can see and read about the design at Coin News.

Maine quarter reverse

Missouri quarter reverse

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Pal's Place:  Flip

Which place on the site does each pal like best?  We'll just let them tell you themselves.  In this quarter's issue, we have a word from Flip:

"Hi!  The place that gets my seal of approval is the Cartoons area, where cartoons are not just for Saturday mornings anymore!  Our first production was 'Birth of a Coin,' the riveting story of...well, the birth of a coin, from conception to delivery and all the labor in between!  It's hosted by the friendly coin named G.W. Quarter.

Flip watches cartoons on T.V.

"If you'd like an adventure with an international flavor, there's Coins of the World.  Our first course is France, where you can sample the euro of today and the franc of yesteryear.  And soon you'll be able to satisfy your yen for Japanese culture and currency there too.  Come enjoy the shows in the Cartoons area! ...and you can download our screen saver.  It features animations of all the Pals!"

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Coins by Committee

Did You Know?

Do you know who chooses the designs for new coins and medals?  The Secretary of the Treasury makes the final decision.  But many people advise him, including the brand new Citizens' Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC).  This 11-member committee also talks about which events, persons, or places should be put on commemorative coins, and how many should be minted.  Then the committee gives its advice to the Secretary of the Treasury.

Any grownup can apply to join the committee.  Then the Secretary picks the members.  Do they need any special training or experience?  Not all of them.  Eight of them must know about fields like coin collecting, sculpting, and American history, or be recommended by leaders of Congress.  But the other three can be just interested citizens who are good leaders and have served the public on other projects.

So, whenever you look at shiny new coins and medals, you can know that citizens just like you played a part in choosing the new designs!

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Coin Committee Crossword

Like what you've learned?  Test your knowledge with our Coin Committee Crossword.

Test your answers with the Answer Key.

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