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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 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.

$1 Coin Events

Image shows part of the Millard Fillmore $1 Presidential Coin.

Which Presidential dollar has been released most recently?  During the winter quarter (in February), the United States Mint released the coin that bears the portrait of the 13th President of the United States, Millard Fillmore.  Officials from the United States Mint introduced the coin at a school in Moravia, New York, the town where President Fillmore was born.

Andy Brunhart, Deputy Director of the United States Mint, said that "Each new Presidential $1 Coin is an opportunity to learn the stories of men like Millard Fillmore, who served in our nation's highest office."  School children from the area attended the ceremony, and they each received the new coin.

This coin is number 13 in the United States Mint Presidential $1 Coin Program.  Read more about President Fillmore on the coin's Presidential $1 Coin page. The next coin, 14th in the series, is the Franklin Pierce dollar, due during the spring quarter.

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Commemorative Coins Update

Image shows parts of both 2010 commemorative coins.

Last quarter, we told you about the two commemorative coins planned for 2010.  Both of 2010's commemorative coins were released during the winter quarter.

The 2010 American Veterans Disabled for Life silver dollar went on sale February 25.  The Boy Scouts of America Centennial silver dollar was released on March 23.

The first coin recognizes American veterans of the armed forces who have been permanently disabled as a result of their service to the nation.  The sale of the coin will help in building a permanent memorial to these veterans in Washington, DC.

The other coin notes the Boy Scouts' celebration of their 100th year of helping communities and building character.  The Boy Scouts of America was incorporated on February 8, 1910.

Read more about these coins on the Commemorative Coins page!.

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Quarter of the Quarter: Hot Springs National Park

Photo shows the fountain at the entrance of National Park Service Headquarters at Hot Springs.

Hot on the heels of the District of Columbia and US Territories Quarters Program, the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program honors our country's national sites

The series begins with the oldest of our national parks:  Hot Springs National Park.  Located in the mountains of Arkansas, this park and the city of Hot Springs grew up around a group of 47 geothermal springs that flow from the side of a mountain at more than 130 degrees Fahrenheit.

The photo here shows the fountain at the entrance to the Headquarters building of the National Park Service at the park.  The fountain, used in the coin's design, actually spews hot water from the springs.

Read more about this coin's park in May's Coin of the Month.

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Spring 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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