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October 2008

During the past month, new information and activities have been added to the United States Mint H.I.P. Pocket Change Web site.  To help you learn "What's New for You," we've listed and linked these features below.

October Coin of the Month:  Discover the mystery behind the 1795 half eagle coin.  This coin is a true first in that it was the very first gold coin of any denomination struck by the United Sates Mint.  Goldie helps to solve the mystery behind why some of these coins seem to use designs that weren't yet created!

Making Cents:  The latest issue of this "quarterly" e-newsletter celebrates the Alaska and Hawaii quarters, fall holidays, and the first official gold coin—a true "golden oldie."  There is also a brand new crossword puzzle based on the newsletter's contents.  If you'd like to sign up to receive announcements about Making Cents, new lesson plans, and special projects, join the Teachers' Network.

Happy Halloween:  Visit our Halloween page for some haunting Halloween lore about the chilling part coins have played in the world of the gruesome.  Then take the Costume Quiz to help the H.I.P. Pocket Change Pals get dressed up for Halloween.

Columbus Day:  Land ho!  Come aboard and celebrate the landing of Christopher Columbus in the New World.  Learn about the part the United States Mint played in the World's Columbian Exposition in 1893.  On this page, you can also see American coins that have honored Columbus and explorers like him.

Teacher Feature

Teacher Features—Exploring the Teachers section of H.I.P. Pocket Change is a good way to find great classroom ideas.  And here's another tool for you:  the Teacher Feature icon, sprinkled throughout the site.  Be sure to click on the icon whenever you see it to locate options and ideas that relate directly to whatever you just read!

Feature Name Related Content Covered
Curricular Area
From Coast to Coast October Coin of the Month Mathematics and
Social Studies