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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 2011 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 Grant $1 coin

Which Presidential $1 Coin has been released most recently?  During the last quarter, it was the coin that bears the name and portrait of 18th president Ulysses S. Grant. 

The United States Mint and the National Park Service hosted a ceremony to launch the Grant coin.   The May 19th date was the 148th anniversary of the Vicksburg, Mississippi, campaign that Grant led during the Civil War.   The launch was held at the Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site in St. Louis, where Grant and his wife Julia sometimes lived during the 1850s.

As President, Grant allowed radical Reconstruction in the south, sometimes backing it with military force.  Under his administration, Yellowstone was established as the first national park. 

Read more about President Grant on the coin's Presidential $1 Coin page.  Coming up next time:  the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential $1 Coin.

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Image shows Nero in a hammock flipping a coin.

Summer can be fun, but sometimes you run out of things to do.  Need some ways to pass the time?  When boredom sets in, there is help:  our "Fun with Coins" page!

The Fun with Coins page has lots of ideas for you about things to make and do and play.  With these activities, you can both have fun and stay gainfully employed.  For instance, learn how to make your own piggy bank to decorate coins you can eat ...and much more.

So check out the Fun with Coins page and get the boredom out of your summer!

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Quarters of the Quarter: Olympic National Park

Photo shows the elk and scenery on the Olympic National Park quarter

Quarter number 8 in the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program honors Washington's Olympic National Park.  Olympic gets its name from Mount Olympus, a mountain in the park that is itself named after Mount Olympus in Greece.  The quarter's design features not only the mountain that is the park's namesake, but an elk that is named after a President of the United States.

Read more about the elk, the coin, and the park on the Olympic National Park quarter page and in the June Coin of the Month.

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Summer 2011 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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