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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 winter 2007 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.


Time Machine:  Adventure in Suffrage

Image shows a scene from Time Machine, 1917.

Yes, the Time Machine is off on another new adventure!  This time, Nero is at the controls.  His friend Beth has questions about the woman on the Susan B. Anthony dollar, and he's happy to help her find the answer through a trip to 1917.  Along the way, they learn about women inventors and suffragists.  Join some brave women in getting President Wilson's attention for their cause.  Watch for this adventure in American history during January!  Time Machine, 1917.

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Where the Nation Began

Image shows the ships from a Jamestown coin.

Four hundred years ago, there were no English colonies in North America...until May of 1607, when three ships arrived from England carrying enough men and boys to start a colony.  Despite many struggles and near failure, the settlement survived, became a town, and served as the capital of the colony of Virginia.

The United States Mint is creating two commemorative coins this year in honor of this event.  See and read about the Jamestown 400th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Program on the Commemorative Coins page in Coin News/The Coins Are Coming.

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New Quarters in 2007

Image shows parts of the 2007 quarters.

What's round and has ridges?  Yes, a potato chip, but that's another story.  A quarter!  (By the way, the quarter's ridges are called "reeding.")  And 2007 is the next-to-last year in the 50 State Quarters® Program.  You can see all five of the new designs in the Coin News/The Coins Are Coming area and start learning about each of the states and the elements that are used in their quarter designs.  During the year, keep your eye on the Coin of the Month, where your H.I.P. Pocket Change Pals are sure to feature these beauties and reveal even more about them!

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Quarter of the Quarter:  Montana

Image shows the Montana quarter.

For winter, the Making Cents spotlight turns to the Montana quarter, quarter 41 in the 50 State Quarters® Program.  Mighty mountains, rugged plains, big blue sky, rivers, wildlife...the people of Montana had a lot of natural beauty to choose from in describing a design for their state's quarter.  And the chosen design seems to capture a good deal of it!

The phrase "Big Sky Country" also appears as part of the design.  Montana has been known as Big Sky Country since 1962.  This phrase came from the title "The Big Sky," a book written by an author from Montana.

But we don't need to say much more here, because Goldie has chosen Montana's quarter as the Coin of the Month for January.  Be sure to check out the January Coin of the Month, where Goldie offers more on Montana's natural beauty.

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Winter 2007 Crossword

We hope you've enjoyed this issue of Making Cents!  Click to see and print out the crossword puzzle.  Most of the words in the puzzle are used in this issue, so you should already have a clue!

Check your answers with the answer key.

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