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Photo of the Chaco Culture National Historical Park, New Mexico

The Chaco Culture National Historical Park quarter is the second coin to be released in 2012 in the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program. Join us for the quarter launch and coin exchange on April 26 at the Chaco Culture National Historical Park Visitor Center in Nageezi, N.M. For more information, visit www.usmint.gov/events.


Chaco Culture National Historical Park Obverse and Reverse

Chaco Culture National Historical Park is known for its complexity of natural and cultural resources. The historical landmark is prominent for its multi-storied public buildings, enormous ceremonial structures and distinctive architecture. Now you can experience the ancient world of the Chaco Culture National Historical Park when you purchase numismatic products featuring the quarter honoring the site. The Chaco Culture Historical Park quarter will be available in several product options, including the America the Beautiful Quarters® Bags and Two-Roll Set, the America the Beautiful Quarters Three-Coin Set and the America the Beautiful Quarters Uncirculated Coin Set . Visit our online catalog now to find out more information about these and other available products.


2012 Presidential $1 Coin Obverse Designs

Take a step back in history as we honor our Nation's Presidents through the Presidential $1 Coin Program, which includes several numismatic $1 coin product options for collectors. Collectors can now purchase the 2012 United States Mint Presidential $1 Coin Proof Set, the 2012 Chester Arthur $1 Coin Cover and 25-coin rolls of the Chester Arthur Presidential $1 Coins, along with new product options, the $1 coin 250-coin box and the $1 coin 500-coin box. Additional $1 coin products will be released during the year to honor Grover Cleveland (first term), Benjamin Harrison and Grover Cleveland (second term). Updated information on Presidential $1 Coin product release dates can be viewed on the 2012 Scheduled Products Listing posted to our online catalog at www.usmint.gov/catalog.


2012 American Eagle Silver Proof Coin

Rediscover the simplicity and elegance of the American Eagle Silver Proof Coin. The beautiful craftsmanship and intricate design of the silver proof coin has made it a collector favorite. Now you can enhance your collection by purchasing the 2012 American Eagle Silver Proof Coin. Order one for yourself and a friend. Also, find out how you can receive this product as a yearly subscription through the United States Mint Online Subscription Program.


2012 American Eagle Gold Proof Coins

Enhance your collection with the 2012 American Eagle Gold Proof Coins. The 22-karat gold coins' obverse image features Augustus Saint-Gaudens' celebrated rendition of Liberty holding a torch in her right hand and an olive branch in her left. The reverse image depicts a male eagle carrying an olive branch flying above a nest containing a female eagle and her hatchlings, designed by sculptor Miley Busiek. The proof coins are available in four sizes – one ounce, one-half ounce, one-quarter ounce and one-tenth ounce – as well as a four-coin set. The coins are struck multiple times to project a softly frosted and highly detailed image, and are sealed in a protective capsule and displayed in a handsome, satin-lined velvet presentation case.


2012 Native American $1 Coin Rolls

Explore the historic contributions of Native Americans through the Native American $1 Coin Program. Now you can purchase circulating quality Native American $1 Coins in 25-coin rolls, a 250-coin box and 500-coin box from the United States Mint at Philadelphia or Denver. The 2012 Native American $1 Coin theme is “Trade Routes in the 17th Century.” Each coin’s design features a Native American and horse in profile with horses running in the background, representing the historical spread of the horse. View designs of the 2012 Native American $1 Coin or purchase it for your collection today.


05/01/2012 2012 Presidential $1 Coin Uncirculated Set
05/07/2012 2012 United States Mint Proof Set®
05/15/2012 Kennedy Half-Dollar Two-Roll Set and 200-Coin Bag
05/21/2012 2012 United States Mint Uncirculated Coin Set®
05/25/2012 Presidential $1 Coin Rolls - Grover Cleveland (First Term)


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Detail of the Chaco Culture Quarter Reverse Design

Chaco Canyon in New Mexico is a fascinating place. All along the river that runs through the canyon lie ruins of ancient buildings...buildings that hold many mysteries for modern visitors.

The canyon is now part of Chaco Culture National Historical Park, the subject of the latest quarter in the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program.  The Chaco Culture quarter has its own information page as part of the program, but to help you learn even more about this interesting site, Goldie the Mint Fish has selected it as the Coin of the Month.

Come and let Goldie help you explore the site and find out about kivas, great houses and petroglyphs as she presents the April Coin of the Month!


Detail of the Veterans Medal - Persian Gulf War, 1992

Did you know that the holiday we know today as Memorial Day began in memory of those who fought in the Civil War? And do you know the original name of the holiday?

Memorial Day is observed on May 28 this year.  If you’re a teacher preparing for this holiday, here’s a page that will help - the “Memorial Day” page. 

Here, you can find out how the celebration developed and earned its place as an American holiday.  Learn about lots of coins and medals that honor veterans as well! 
The picture on the right shows part of a medal that was awarded to the veterans of the Persian Gulf War in 1992.  This is from the collection of Veterans Medals in Medal Mania.


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