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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 2014 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.

Spring in the Air

Assorted spring images.

It seems like most of us have had enough snow for this year, right?  So as the weather warms, let's look forward to what's blooming this spring...besides the daffodils. 

April is always a big month at the United States Mint, what with National Coin Week, the Mint's birthday on April 2 (this year will be number 222!), and Financial Literacy Month.  May will bring Memorial Day and June marks the beginning of summer. 

Coin-wise, we'll see a new quarter or two and a new Presidential $1 coin spring up.  Keep your eyes on Coin of the Month and the Coins and Medals section for the stories behind the designs! 

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$1 Coin Events:  Warren Harding

The front of the Harding Presidential $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 29th president Warren G. Harding. 

This newspaper publisher and senator from Ohio won the presidential election by a landslide.  Women's suffrage had recently become law as an amendment to the Constitution.  This made Harding's wife the first woman allowed to vote for her husband to become president! 

You can download an outline of this coin to color from the Presidential $1 Coin Resource Center.  Read more about President Harding's coin on its Presidential $1 Coin page

Coming up next time:  the Calvin Coolidge Presidential $1 Coin. 

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Quarter of the Quarter:  Shenandoah

The central scene on the Shenandoah National Park quarter.

The second quarter released in 2014 honors Shenandoah National Park in Virginia.  In the quarter's design, a hiker pauses to admire the view from Little Stony Man, one of the park's scenic peaks. 

The first quarter was the Great Smoky Mountains National Park quarter, which we talked about in the last issue.  Why do we mention it again?  Because these two parks are linked to each other in a remarkable way. 

What ties these two parks together so strongly?  Find out through the April Coin of the Month!  Then you can also check out the Great Smoky Mountains National Park quarter page and the Shenandoah National Park quarter page for more about each of them. 

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Spring 2014 Puzzle

We hope you’ve enjoyed this issue of Making Cents. Here's a fill in the crossword puzzle big enough to sink your teeth into!  Most of the words are used in this issue. 

Check your answers with the answer key

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