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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 2012 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:  Chester Arthur

Image shows part of the Arthur $1 coin.

Which Presidential $1 Coin has been created most recently?  During the last quarter, it was the coin that bears the name and portrait of 21st president Chester Arthur.  The Statue of Liberty is on the back and some inscriptions are incused on the coin's edge.

You can download outlines to color from the Presidential $1 Coin Resource Center, which is also linked from the Coloring Pages page.

Read more about President Chester Arthur's coin on its Presidential $1 Coin page.  Coming up next time:  the first of two Grover Cleveland Presidential $1 Coins.


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A Coin and a Puzzle

Image shows part of the Star-Spangled Banner commemorative gold coin.

One of this year's commemorative coins shows part of a naval battle during the War of 1812.  The coin was created to honor not only the war but also the Star-Spangled Banner, which was written during the war.

You can read about the coin on the Commemorative Coins page.  Then hop on over to read March's Coin of the Month.

Be sure to read the Coin of the Month all the way to the end, because there you'll get a link to the Star-Spangled Word Jumble Puzzle.  How does a word jumble work?  Unscramble a few words to collect selected letters, then unscramble those letters to solve a riddle about the song and the flag!


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Quarter of the Quarter:  Chaco Culture

Photo shows parts of the Chaco Culture quarter.

Quarter number 12 in the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program is the second quarter of 2012.  It honors New Mexico's Chaco Culture National Historical Park.

In reading about the Chaco Culture quarter, you'll see some words you don't run across every day...words like "petroglyph" and "kiva."  There are two kivas shown in this quarter's design.

Can you find them?  If you can't now, you will be able to after you read April's Coin of the Month.  It talks about kivas and other Chaco features.  So does the quarter's own page as part of the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program:  the Chaco Culture National Historical Park quarter page.


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Spring 2012 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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