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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 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.

A Dime in Time

Image shows items in a store and the words Time Machine 1935.

Back in 1935, nickels and dimes weren't just small change.  Those coins could buy a lot, from kitchenware to clothes to toys.  What kinds of things could you buy at a "five and ten cent store"?  What did a dime even look like in 1935?  Sounds like a little trip back in time would be just the thing.  Well, it so happens that Nero is on his way back to 1935 right now in the Time Machine!  Why not hop aboard?

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The Latest in Presidential History

Image shows the first three Presidential $1 coins, bearing Washington, Adams, and Jefferson, in a row from left to right.

Have you seen one yet?  As reported in the last issue of Making Cents, the new Presidential $1 coins are out, with a new past president appearing about every three months.  George Washington premiered in February, John Adams in May, and Thomas Jefferson's coin will be available in August.  Look sharp and keep your eagle-eye out during the summer for the first three of these golden-colored coins!  You can read about this program on the Presidential $1 Coins page.

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Change Has Come

Image shows coins and the words Coin Conservatory.

Did you notice a change on the "Coins Are Coming" page?  The Westward Journey Nickel Series™ has stepped aside to make room for the Presidential $1 Coin Program.  Where did all those nifty nickels go?  Well, they have a brand-new section in Coin News that they're sharing with the Bicentennial Coin Program.  It's called the "Coin Conservatory."

The Conservatory opens with two series.  The Bicentennial coin program took place in 1975 and 1976, although its dollar, half dollar, and quarter have circulated right into the new millennium.  The Westward Journey Nickel Series has also ended, but the Conservatory is where you can still find great information on these coins.

What's next?  When the 50 State Quarters® Program ends, its special state-by-state pages will also move into the Coin Conservatory.

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Quarter of the Quarter:  Idaho

Image shows the falcon and state outline from the Idaho quarter and the word Idaho.

The state of Idaho runs up alongside the two most northwestern of the continental states, Washington and Oregon.  Idaho's quarter features an outline of the state, whose upper tip touches Canada's border.  The state motto, "Esto Perpetua," also appears, expressing in Latin the hope that Idaho's bounty may last forever.

As if standing guard over these two elements, the state raptor of Idaho (the peregrine falcon) is the largest element in this design.  Learn more about Idaho's design and its raptor on the Idaho quarter page!

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Summer 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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