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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 spring 2005 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.

The Honor Goes to...

Image shows Goldie standing before a large Marshall coin.

Do you know about commemorative coins?  They are special coins that honor outstanding people, places, or events in history.  Well, the first such honor of 2005 goes to one of the great chief justices of the Supreme Court:  John Marshall.  A commemorative silver dollar was issued in his honor at the end of April.

Marshall served longer than any other chief justice.  During his time in that position, he helped to clarify the Supreme Court's duties and make sure the United States Constitution always has the last word in making and keeping our nation's laws.

You can help justice to prevail in Washington, DC:  Play the new game called "Branches of Power"!  In this game, you try to fix the Tree of Democracy to stop a dictator from taking over the country.  The tyrant has sawed off the tree's three branches—legislative, judicial, and executive.  Knock the crown off this clown at the Games page!

You can read more about Chief Justice John Marshall, his work, and the coin that honors him.  Just turn to our "Commemorative Coins" page in Coin News.

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New Century, New Buffalo

Image shows the 2005 buffalo facing the 1913 buffalo.

You may have heard of the buffalo nickel, minted early in the 20th century, but have you heard about the American Bison Nickel, minted early in the 21st century?  This nickel came out in 2005 and was featured as the Coin of the Month for March, presented by Bill the Mint Buffalo.

Image shows Bill, both sides of the American Bison nickel, and the words American Bison.

Bill tells how the American bison was almost wiped out and why this animal is such a good symbol of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.  He also tells a little about the new image of President Thomas Jefferson that appears on the front of this nickel, and shows the designs from both sides.

The Coin of the Month archives feature reports on other nickels as well.  June 2001 presents the old buffalo nickel mentioned above.  The history of the nickel is covered in the September 2003 Coin of the Month and on the "Five-Cent Coin (Nickel)" page.  Check them out!

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Quarter of the Quarter:  Minnesota

Image shows Flip the Mint Seal beside the Minnesota quarter.

This spring, you just might come across a Minnesota quarter, the most recently-released coin of the 50 State Quarters® Program.  The quarter's design has a nature and recreation theme.  Pine trees, people fishing on a lake, and the state bird (the loon) back up an outline of the state surrounding its nickname, "Land of 10,000 Lakes."

Want to know more?  Flip the Mint Seal celebrates the new quarter's release in March by presenting it as April's Coin of the Month.  And, like all the quarters in the Program so far, Minnesota's quarter has its own page under "The Coins Are Coming" in the Coin News area.

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Spring 2005 Crossword

Hope you've enjoyed reading Making Cents!  Click to see and print out the crossword puzzle, which uses words from all the articles in this issue.  This will test your memory, but if you need clues, go back to the articles.  Most of the words in the puzzle were in this issue.

Check your answers with the answer key.

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