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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 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 Buchanan $1 coin.

Which Presidential dollar has been released most recently?  In August, the United States Mint released the coin that bears the portrait of James Buchanan.

The United States Mint hosted a launch ceremony on the grounds of Wheatland, Buchanan's beloved home, in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.  Buchanan served one term as President as the national division over the issue of slavery continued to worsen.  After his term, he retired to Wheatland and died there in 1868.

This coin is number 15 in the Presidential $1 Coin Program.  Read more about President Buchanan on the coin's Presidential $1 Coin page. and about his First Lady as September's Coin of the Month. 2010's releases will end with the next one, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential $1 Coin.

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Let the Quarter Games Begin

Image shows part of the game and the title America the Beautiful Quarters Games.

Can you find the state of Arkansas on a map of the United States?  Do you know in what part of California you can find Yosemite National Park?  Where is the Grand Canyon, anyway?

Well, you don't have to know those facts to play the new game "State the Site"...because you'll learn them by playing!  You can "State the Site" by simply dropping the 2010 quarters on the correct states.

State the Site is the first game in a series called "America the Beautiful Quarters® Games."  Every year of the 11-year America the Beautiful Quarters Program, a new game will be created to help you get to know the national sites commemorated on these circulating quarters.

Then, when you see one of these national sites on a quarter, you'll know something about the site that you didn't know before. So drop on by the America the Beautiful Quarters Games and play to win!

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Quarters of the Quarter:  Yosemite and Grand Canyon National Parks

Image shows to scenes that reflect the images on the Yosemite and Grand Canyon quarters.

Quarter number 3 in the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program honors Yosemite National Park.

Yosemite (yo-SEM-i-tee) is one of the first "wilderness parks" in the United States.  Wilderness parks are outdoor areas where wild species live and nature takes its course.  People visit, but try to leave as little evidence as possible that they were there.

Read more about this coin's park on the Yosemite National Park quarter page and in August's Coin of the Month.

Grand Canyon National Park may seem to have only rocks, water, and a few plants, but there are many hidden treasures when you look closer.  For example, many animal species live in the canyon, including the pack rat.

Pack rats collect small objects and use them to build their nests, called "middens." These long-lasting middens help archeologists learn about the canyon's past climate, plants, animals, and even human activity because of the objects they contain.

Read more about this coin's park on the Grand Canyon National Park quarter page and in October's Coin of the Month.

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Fall 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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