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Image shows a section of the United States Mint's Baseball Design Coin Competition Web Page

Join the United States Mint's Baseball Design Coin Competition -- submit your designs for the obverse (heads side) of the commemorative coins celebrating the National Baseball Hall of Fame to be issued in 2014. Submissions are now being accepted for reverse design that will appear on the $5 gold, $1 silver and half-dollar clad coins. If you win, your design will be appear on the United States' first curved (like a baseball) commemorative coin, you will be awarded a $5,000 cash prize, and your initials will appear on the coin as the designer. The competition is open to all U.S. citizens and permanent residents ages 14 and over. The competition submission period ends May 11, so hurry and submit your design to Challenge.gov! For official rules, visit http://www.usmint.gov/batterup/?action=Baseball&CFID=9518784&CFTOKEN=14971011.

The United States Mint also invites young people age 13 and under to unleash their inner artist by creating a coin design that captures the theme "What's Great About Baseball." The Kids' Baseball Coin Challenge is the companion to the nationwide competition to create the design for the 2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coins. The kids' competition closes June 28, so there's still plenty of time to enter. With the help of their parents, guardians and teachers, young artists may submit their designs using the http://www.challenge.gov Web site, where members of the public will vote for their favorites. These winning designs won't actually appear on the coins, but the winners in each of three age brackets (five and under, six - 10 years and 11-13 years) will each receive a $1 silver National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin. The four runners-up in each age bracket will receive a clad version of the coin.


Image shows the obverse and reverse of a 2013 American Eagle Gold Proof Coin

American Eagle Gold Proof Coins are among the most beloved coins in the world. For years, collectors have enjoyed the beauty, splendor and unique craftsmanship of each intricately designed coin. Their obverse (heads) design depicts Augustus Saint-Gaudens' rendition of Lady Liberty holding a torch in her right hand and an olive branch in her left. The reverse (tails) design features a male eagle carrying an olive branch, flying above a nest containing a female eagle and her eaglets. Purchase the gold coins individually in four sizes or all together in a four-coin set. The coins are sealed in a protective capsule and mounted in a handsome, satin-lined velvet presentation case and accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity.

All American Eagle Gold Proof Coin product options are priced according to the United States Mint's pricing structure for products containing gold and platinum. Current pricing information is available at http://catalog.usmint.gov/wcsstore/ConsumerDirect/images/catalog/en_US/PMPricingGrid.pdf.


Image shows a section of the United States Mint Educators Web Page at http://www.usmint.gov/kids/teachers/

The United States Mint's Web site for educators is the ideal resource for teacher-created lesson plans, classroom ideas, teaching tools and fun-filled projects to help enrich your students. By combining government, technology and education, this online cross-curricular resource helps educators teach about coins and the rich history surrounding them. Join more than 14,000 members already in the Teacher's Network and be the first to know when lesson plans are added to the site and when new projects and activities are posted. Visit our site at http://www.usmint.gov/kids/teachers/network/ and start connecting your students with coins.


Image shows obverse and reverse of a 2013 Native American One Dollar Uncirculated coin

The 2013 Native American $1 Coin commemorates the Delaware Treaty of 1778. The reverse design features a turkey, howling wolf and turtle (symbols of the clans of the Delaware Tribe), as well as a ring of 13 stars to represent each of the original Colonies. Inscriptions are UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, $1, TREATY WITH THE DELAWARES and 1778. Celebrate the important contributions made by Indian tribes, individual Native Americans and American heritage by purchasing the $1 coins in 25–coin rolls, 100–coin bags or 250–or 500–coin boxes.


Image shows the front of 2013 America the Beautiful Quarters Uncirculated Coin Set™

Discover the national parks and sites being honored in the 2013 America the Beautiful Quarters® Program when you purchase the 2013 America the Beautiful Quarters Uncirculated Coin Set. This year's set contains uncirculated quality quarters produced at the United States Mint facilities in Philadelphia and Denver honoring White Mountain National Forest, Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial, Great Basin National Park, Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, and Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Collectors can purchase this set now by visiting us online. This set may also be purchased through the convenient Online Subscription Program.


05/02/2013 2013 United States Mint Silver Proof Set®
05/09/2013 2013 American Eagle West Point Two-Coin Silver Set
05/23/2013 2013 American Buffalo One Ounce Gold Proof Coin
05/28/2013 2013 American Eagle One Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin


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Animal Symbols

Image shows a detail section of a 2013 Native American One Dollar Uncirculated coin

This month, Nero presents the 2013 Native American $1 Coin. The theme is a historic treaty, but, interestingly, the image that represents the treaty is made up of three animals.

What does it mean, and why those particular animals? Find out with April's Coin of the Month.


New Quarter Lesson Plans

Image shows a detail section of the Fort McHenry Quarter Lesson Plan

From New Hampshire to Nevada to Maryland to Ohio and South Dakota, lesson plans for the 2013 quarter designs are here! No matter your students' grade level, kindergarten through 12, there are five new free lesson plans for you (one plan based on each of the five quarters)!

Download the PDF files complete with worksheets from the America the Beautiful Quarters Program lesson plans.


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