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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 winter 2013 issue of Making Cents, the online newsletter that tells you whats new and striking at the United States Mint.  Be sure to check back every 3 months for a new issue.

Celebrating Dr. King

Image shows a portrait of Dr. King.

January 15th is the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.  People around the world study Dr. King's accomplishments and his teachings. 

Our page dedicated to The Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., is a great way to learn about this great leader.  There you can read about some of the things he's done, find out how his birthday became a holiday, and link to related coins, medals, and a Time Machine adventure!

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$1 Coin Events:  Grover Cleveland, 2nd Term

Image shows the front of the second Grover Cleveland 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 24th president Grover Cleveland.  If this man looks familiar, it may be because he was featured here two issues ago on the same coin.

Grover Cleveland was the only President who left the White House and returned for a second term after another president's term.  Having served two non-consecutive terms earns him the distinction of having two Presidential $1 Coins issued in his honor.

During this his second term, Cleveland dealt successfully with crises such as an economic depression, a railroad strike, and a dwindling treasury.

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

Coming up next time:  the William McKinley Presidential $1 Coin.

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Quarter of the Quarter:  Hawai'i and Denali

Photo shows the Hawai'i and Denali quarters.

The fourth quarter released in 2012 was the Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park in the island state of Hawaii.  One of Hawaii's active volcanoes, Mount Kilauea, is shown on the back of this quarter, spewing sparks, ash, and lava.  Learn more on the Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park quarter page and the September Coin of the Month.

Moving to a complete change in scenery and temperature, the final quarter released in 2012 honored Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska.  This huge tract of land, 6 million acres strong, is home to the tallest mountain peak in all of North America, Mount McKinley.  It towers more than 20,000 feet into the sky.  By comparison, the tallest mountains in the Colorado Rockies are around 14,000 feet.

One of the animals that calls Denali home is pictured in this quarter design.  Find out more about Denali's landscape, wildlife, and people on the Denali National Park and Preserve quarter page and the November Coin of the Month!

And, now that you know all the 2012 quarter designs, you should find it easy to score high on "Triple Play," the America the Beautiful Quarters game for 2012!  Give it a shot!

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Winter 2013 Puzzle

We hope you've enjoyed this issue of Making Cents. All the words in the fill in the crossword puzzle are used in this issue, so you should already have a clue!

Check your answers with the answer key.

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