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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 2010 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.


Peace Among Native Nations

Image shows part of the 2010 Native American $1 Coin.

Before the United States Constitution was written, before the Revolutionary War, certain Native American tribes and nations found ways to settle their differences.  Known as "the Great Law of Peace," this treaty enabled five (later six) northeastern nations to live together in peace.

The Great Law of Peace is the theme of the 2010 design for the back of the Native American $1 Coin.  The pact between the original five nations is captured in the design using five arrows and a belt of beads.  Read the story behind this coin's design in January's Coin of the Month.


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New Coin Previews

Image shows a collection of 2010 coins.

Since the number and type of new coin designs are set by Congress, it's easy to find out what new coins to expect in the coming year.  Some of these coins are still in the design stage and have not yet been produced and photographed, so the image shown here includes some colorized drawings.

The 2010 design for the Native American $1 Coin is presented as the January Coin of the Month.  The Presidential $1 Coins will cover presidents 13 through 16:  Millard Fillmore, Franklin Pierce, James Buchanan, and Abraham Lincoln.

Capping off the 2009 Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial One Cent Program, a new design on the back of the penny will symbolize the unity of the states after the American Civil War.  The shield, with thirteen stripes united under the motto "E Pluribus Unum," is based on a shield used in artwork on the walls of the US Capitol Building.

The America the Beautiful Quarters® Program will begin in 2010.  You can read more about the program in the preview article "Quarters to Come," which takes the place of the usual "Quarter of the Quarter" article.

In the world of commemorative coins, two new dollar coins will be created.  One will honor the Boy Scouts of America on their 100th anniversary.  The Boy Scouts of America was incorporated on February 8, 1910.  The other commemorative will recognize the veterans of the armed forces who have been permanently disabled as a result of their service to the nation.  Read more about this coin on the Commemorative Coins page.


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Quarters to Come

Image shows a mountain scene, the Washington profile from the quarter, and the words America the Beautiful Quarters.

There's more adventure in store for you and the quarter in 2010.  Hot on the heels of the District of Columbia and US Territories Quarters Program, a new series of quarters will honor our country's national parks.

The United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters Program will cover more than 11 years and every state in the Union as well as the territories and the District of Columbia.  Five national parks or historic sites will be featured each year for a total of 56 designs, one from each state, territory, or the District.

The first five states whose parks will be featured will be Arkansas, Wyoming, California, Arizona, and Oregon.  We can't show you all the designs yet, but you can be sure that Making Cents will shine its spotlight on these designs when the time is right.  So keep you eyes peeled in 2010 for the America the Beautiful quarters and think about starting a collection of your own!


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Winter 2010 Puzzle

We hope you've enjoyed this issue of Making Cents.  All 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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