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July 2006 Highlights
1. 2006 UNITED STATES MINT UNCIRCULATED COIN SET® ON SALE
UNITED STATES MINT UNCIRCULATED COIN SET®

The 2006 United States Mint Uncirculated Coin Set® was made available for sale on July 18th. This classic collectible contains one example of every circulating coin produced in 2006, including 10 coins from the United States Mint at Philadelphia and 10 from the United States Mint at Denver. This set also includes the final coin of the popular Westward Journey Nickel Series™ as well as all five 2006-dated commemorative quarter-dollars.

Each set is sealed in four clear, protective, plastic sleeves and housed in decorative envelopes specifically designed for each facility.

2. 2006 UNITED STATES MINT SILVER PROOF SET™ AVAILABLE
2006 UNITED STATES MINT SILVER PROOF SET™

Always popular with collectors, the United States Mint Silver Proof Set™ features all 10 current United States circulating coins. Each was struck at the United States Mint at San Francisco and carries the distinctive "S" mint mark of that facility. Seven of the coins contained in this set are presented in 90% silver, including the Roosevelt dime, the Kennedy half-dollar and all five commemorative quarter-dollars issued as part of the 50 State Quarters® Program. Silver coins are an important part of the rich history of the United States Mint. Pulled from the earth and cherished for its fire and its brilliance, fine silver has been a store of value for thousands of years. The use of silver as a common medium of exchange has linked distant civilizations throughout history and has provided a common means of commerce for people from all nations. Order your 2006 set today.

3. 'CORNER' KICKS
Collector's Corner

Interested in learning more about the fascinating world of coin collecting? Then you should check out a very interesting corner of our website – the Collector's Corner. Here you will find the collecting tools you'll need, including information on how to take care of your coins, what makes a coin rare and where to find coins for your collection. Whether you’re a new numismatist (someone who collects and studies money) or a long-time collector, Collector's Corner has something for everyone.

If your collection is just getting started, or if you would like to start one for someone else, you may also want to consider our Collecting America’s Coins: Beginner Basics set. This educational product includes an informative booklet, one-cent planchet (the blank piece of metal on which a coin design is stamped), a pair of circulating one-cent coins, a pair of satin-finish, uncirculated dimes and a proof-finish half-dollar.

4. GETTYSBURG REVISITED
Blue and Gray Reunion

Bill the Mint Buffalo—a big history buff—presents July’s Coin of the Month at the United States Mint H.I.P. Pocket Change™ Web site. Because July is the anniversary of the very important Civil War Battle of Gettysburg, Bill shines the spotlight on the Battle of Gettysburg 75th Anniversary half-dollar of 1936. You and your child can learn about this special coin and the special anniversary reunion that it also commemorates.

5. ONLINE NEWS FOR KIDS
Making Cents

What does the phrase "summer fun" bring to mind? No doubt Making Cents, of course. Making Cents is the online newsletter that keeps kids informed about what’s new and striking at the United States Mint. In addition to the easy-to-read articles you would expect to find in Making Cents, the summer issue also offers a word search puzzle. Like the more usual crossword puzzle, the word search vocabulary comes from that edition’s articles.

6. COINUNDRUM
Did you know?

Question: Why are new coins so shiny? Are they washed after they’re struck?

Answer: No; actually, they’re washed before they’re struck. You might even say they’re pickled before they’re minted! But nickels, dimes, and quarters are not soaked in vinegar and dill, like the pickles that accompany sandwiches. Instead, these copper-nickel blanks are soaked in a special chemical solution. This pickling washes surface impurities from the blanks so that nothing but the intended design will appear on the coin.

See Past Issues
2006 United States Mint Uncirculated Coin Set® United States Mint Silver Proof Set™ All About Coin Collecting Back to Gettysburg Making Cents Coinundrum
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