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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 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.

Go Diving with Plinky

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If you can help Plinky rescue coins from the sea, the coins can rescue her from a sea monster named Sea Monster!  She can use the coins to buy sails that will catch the wind and carry her to safety, but you’ll have to get the coins past the crabs and fish, who seem to have their own coin collections (or maybe they just like to burst Plinky’s bubbles).

Be part of the action in the game called "Dollar Dive" on the Games page.  Plinky’s waiting for you!

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Flip Smells Victory!  ...Or Is That Lunch?

Some of the characters from the adventure are shown behind the words Time Machine 1943.

For a riveting adventure, head on over to Time Machine, 1943!  You get a taste of life during World War II and a taste of a wartime lunch as well.  Join Flip as he searches out the secret behind a penny that's not copper-colored at Time Machine, 1943!

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New Screensaver for You

Image shows four stacked  dollar coins that display the edge incusion: year released, mint mark, "E Pluribus Unum," and "In God We Trust."

What's making Flip flip?  You’ll have to install the new Presidential $1 coin screensaver to find out!

This screensaver features coins released every three months, with a former President of the United States on the front of each one.  They even have lettering around the edges!

You can learn more on our special Presidential $1 Coins page here in Coin News.  Then you can find the latest screensaver from H.I.P. Pocket Change at the bottom of the Cartoons page.

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Quarters of the Quarter:  Wyoming and Utah

Image shows a Wyoming landscape, the Wyoming quarter, and the word Wyoming.

Wyoming, one of the rectangular states, is in the spotlight in September.  Its quarter was first seen during the summer.  As always, this coin and its design are covered on its very own quarter page in Coin News.  Wyoming’s quarter is also this year's Coin of the Month for September.  Here are some tidbits from Wyoming's history:

  • Wyoming's first permanent trading post was built in 1834.  The US government bought it in 1849 and it served the military as Fort Laramie until 1890.
  • Wyoming women got the right to vote by law in 1869, when Wyoming was still just a territory.
  • Yellowstone, the very first national park, was established in 1872.

All this before Wyoming became the 44th state in 1890!

Utah On Track

Image shows the word Utah, images from its quarter, and railroad tracks to the horizon.

Utah chose a historic moment to commemorate on its quarter:  the day when east met west at Promontory Point.  Find out more about the first railroad track to cross the continent on Utah's quarter page.

Of course, there's more to Utah than railroads.  For instance, here are two state activities that relate to wildlife.

  • Every year, the bison in Utah's Antelope Island State Park are rounded up.  Some are sold, which keeps the number of animals down to an amount the land can support.
  • The first transcontinental railroad lines met at the Great Salt Lake.  Migrating birds eat at this lake, and raising brine shrimp in the lake has become an important industry.

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Fall 2007 Scramble Puzzle

We hope you've enjoyed this issue of Making Cents!  Click to see and print out the scramble 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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