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April 2007 Highlights
1. 100% Washington Quarter Released in April
Image shows Washington State Quarter Bags & Rolls

On April 2nd the Washington state quarter was released to the public. With George Washington's profile on the obverse and images depicting Washington state on the reverse, this coin is 100% Washington. The quarter's reverse features a king salmon breaching the water in front of majestic Mount Rainier. The coin bears the inscriptions "The Evergreen State," "Washington" and "1889."

  • On April 2nd, bags and rolls of the Washington Quarter went on sale. The quarters are available in 100-coin bags, 1,000-coin bags and two-roll sets with one roll of 40 coins with the "P" mint mark and one roll of 40 coins with the "D" mint mark.
  • On April 11th, the Washington Quarter Launch Ceremony was held at Fisher Pavilion at the Seattle Center and featured United States Mint Director Edmund Moy and Washington Governor Chris Gregoire.
  • Next month look for the Washington Official First Day Coin Cover!
2. Tuskegee Airmen Bronze Medals Take Flight!
Image shows Tuskegee Airmem Medal

These bronze medals are duplicates of the Congressional Gold Medal to the Tuskegee Airmen – authorized by Public Law 109-213 – and the newest addition to the Medals of the United States Mint. Three-inch and 1½-inch bronze duplicates of the medal are now available on the United States Mint's website.

The obverse design features three Tuskegee Airmen in profile, an officer, a mechanic, and a pilot, as designated by their headgear. An eagle flies with wings outstretched, symbolizing flight, nobility, and the highest ideals of the Nation with the inscriptions, "Tuskegee Airmen," "1941," and "1949."

The reverse design features a rendition of the three types of planes the Tuskegee Airmen flew in World War II, based on a logo design of the Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. The planes depicted in the design are the P-40, P-51, and the B-25 with the inscriptions, "Outstanding Combat Record Inspired Revolutionary Reform in the Armed Forces," "Act of Congress" and "2006."

3. New Presidential $1 Coin Informational Items Available
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Just in time for the release of the John Adams $1 Coin (on May 17, 2007) the United States Mint has added four new informational items—free of charge: The John Adams Tent Cards, The Employee Training Tutorial (available for immediate download or you can order it on CD-ROM), The Presidential $1 Coin Button, and The Presidential $1 Coin Exchange Event Tips printable PDF (for Download). Now you can get these new resources in addition to the other great informational materials delivered right to your door by ordering online at the United States Mint's Presidential $1 Coin materials website.

NOTE: For anyone who has ordered informational materials and have not yet received them, please bear with us as all requests for items that are in stock are mailed out immediately and backordered items will be shipped when they become available (within the next few weeks).

The 215th Anniversary
April Festivities

On April 2, 1792, Congress passed an Act to establish a mint and regulate the coinage of the Nation, thus the United States Mint was born. Celebrate the 215th anniversary of the United States Mint by taking a stroll through its history. Visit the Timeline of the United States Mint and the Roles in History sections of the Historian's Corner.

April Festivities
Image celebrating the 215th Birthday of the United States Mint

April is always a big month at the United States Mint H.I.P. Pocket Change™ Web site for kids. Among the celebrations are these:

  • The birthday of the United States Mint: It was April 2, 1792, that the United States Mint was “born” through a law passed by Congress. Historic Highlights is a timeline you can move and click on to learn about major milestones of the last 215 years.
  • National Coin Week: This is a time for all Americans to think about our coins, past and present. To help kids do this, the H.I.P. Pocket Change Pals have a special National Coin Week page, where a new feature to explore is posted every day during the week of April 15 through 21.
  • Financial Literacy Month: We have a Financial Literacy Month page that tells what financial literacy is and provides links to literacy-boosting games and activities.
  • Coin of the Month: Just like clockwork, a new Coin of the Month is presented in April: the 2007 Washington state quarter.
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