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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 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.

Image shows pictures and words relating to the occasions covered in the article.

April Festivities

April is always a big month here at H.I.P. Pocket Change.  Among the things you can see and do are these:

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Sacagawea in Good Company

Image shows two coins with renditions of President George Washington and American Indian Sacagawea.
Sacagawea Golden Dollar obverse © 1999 United States Mint.  All Rights Reserved.

You've probably heard of the Golden Dollar, the dollar coin that features Sacagawea on the front.  The United States Mint has been making this coin since 2000, and will continue to make it for at least the next 10 years.  But now this historic coin is in good company, thanks to the Presidential $1 Coin Program.

The Presidential $1 coins will also be made during the next 10 years.  Although Presidential $1 coins are golden in color, a Presidential $1 coin is not called a Golden Dollar as the coin is that shows Sacagawea.

The $1 coin featuring George Washington on the front, which came out in February 2007, is to be followed this season by one that honors John Adams.  You can learn more in Coin News:

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Quarter of the Quarter:  Washington

Image shows the Washington quarter.

Making Cents turns your attention to the Washington (state) quarter, released in early spring.  Its jumping salmon reminds us of the state's fish-rich rivers, which have helped to feed local people for centuries.  The "Evergreen State" motto points to the state's lush forests.  Mount Rainier brings to mind the other magnificent mountains of the Cascade Range, which runs through the state.  (Flip tells you more about Mt. Rainier in April's Coin of the Month.)

Washington is special in other ways as well.  For instance, it's the furthest north and west of all the states that touch each other.  And it's the only state named after a President.  With a little research, you can find out many more things about this state that you didn't know!

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Spring 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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