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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 fall 2006 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.


Research, Anyone?

Image shows Bill the Mint Buffalo with binoculars among Library features:  Glossary, books, Web sites, and Library search.

Looking for a picture of an old coin?  How about a new coin?  Maybe a person from the history of the United States Mint?

You might find what you're looking for in the Teachers' Library!  Bill the Mint Buffalo has been tidying up there lately, and has added the nickels from the Westward Journey Nickel Series and the quarters from the 50 State Quarters Program® to the collection.

Bill has made the Library easier to search and added links to related items and features.  If you've been there before, it's time for another look!  (The Library is in the Teachers section, but anyone can use it!)

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More Fun!  More Facts!

Image shows an example of the Fun Facts bubble.

You do know about Fun Facts, right?  They appear in the little bubble in the upper right corner of each page here at the United States Mint H.I.P. Pocket Change Web site.  By clicking on the bubble, you can see the story behind the fact, and even the whole collection of Fun Facts, ten per page.  Each month, a new fact is added to the collection.  You can keep going back and finding new noteworthy nuggets...or just catch them as they randomly appear on the pages!

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New Life for the Old Mint

Image shows pictures from the Old Mint coins:  the building from the fronts and eagles from the backs.

What's that beautiful building still standing after 100 years and several major earthquakes?  It's the former home of the United States Mint at San Francisco!  On the year of the 100th anniversary of the Great Earthquake and Fires (2006), two special commemorative coins honor this San Francisco treasure and help it to become a city museum.

Read more about the coins and their designs on the "Commemorative Coins" page and don't miss a visit to 1906 in the Time Machine, where the "Granite Lady" takes center stage!


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A Gateway to Nifty Nickels

Image shows a gateway in a brick wall beyond which images from various nickels float.

The Westward Journey Nickel Series has given the nation great reminders of our history on our five-cent coins.  If you've been reading the stories of these designs, you may be ready to take the H.I.P. Pocket Change "Know Your Nickels" quiz!  The quiz lives on a page called "Nifty Nickels" along with lots of links to other nickel-related stories, activities, and games.  Check it out!

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Quarter of the Quarter: South Dakota

For fall, the Making Cents spotlight turns to the South Dakota quarter, 40th quarter in the 50 State Quarters® Program.  This state has chosen images for its quarter that speak of the state's agriculture (wheat), wildlife (pheasant), and tourism (Mount Rushmore National Monument).  Read stories about each of these images on the South Dakota quarter page, the November Coin of the Month, and the unusual story of how North and South Dakota became states in the September Coin of the Month.

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Fall 2006 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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