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January 2021 Lessons that Make Cents

To celebrate African American History Month this February, the Mint is highlighting educational resources, games, and coins that honor the stories, contributions, and experiences of Black Americans.

Monthly Mint Trivia: The America the Beautiful Quarters® Program will end this year with the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site Quarter. Which quarter launched the program in 2010?

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Celebrating Black History

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The Mint has honored the stories of notable Black Americans and events through various coins and medals. Visit the Black History Congressional Gold Medals collection and share these stories with your students. Other coins that celebrate important contributions of Black Americans include the American Innovation $1 Coin South Carolina (Septima Clark), the District of Columbia Quarter (Duke Ellington), and the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site Quarter.

Lessons on the U.S. Mint website to dive deeper into the coins and medals mentioned above include:

Want more ideas? Reach out to education.outreach@usmint.treas.gov for recommendations on lesson plans and activities for your students.

Coin of the Month: Rosa Parks Congressional Gold Medal

rosa parks bronze medal lessons that make cents feature2020 marked the 65th anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycotts. The Mint honors the woman who started the boycotts and was an important figure in the Civil Rights Movement: Rosa Parks.

Rosa Parks was a seamstress who found herself in jail one evening in 1955. The reason she was arrested was that she refused to give up her seat on the bus to a white man. Her quiet dignity sparked a bus boycott that helped to change the unfair way Black Americans were treated in the South. She kept working for civil rights for many years after.

This medal was given for her contributions to the nation as the “first lady of civil rights” and “mother of the freedom movement.” Her “quiet dignity ignited the most significant social movement in the history of the United States.”

Plinky’s Presidential Challenge

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Celebrate Presidents’ Day early with Plinky’s Presidential Challenge.


Legacy of Frederick Douglass

Learn about Frederick Douglass in this America the Beautiful Quarter video.


Play the Updated Memory Match Kids Game

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Use the America the Beautiful Quarters to test your memory skills with Memory Match.


We Want to Hear from You!

2019 Coin Coloring Book Lessons that Make Cents iconAre you interested in incorporating coins into your classroom next year, but aren’t sure where to start? Let us help you! The U.S. Mint offers K-12 lesson plans, 12 online educational games, 100+ videos, online quizzes, a free 2020 Coin Coloring Book PDF, and other resources. Reach out to us at education.outreach@usmint.treas.gov to request resources that fit your education needs.

Trivia Answer: The Hot Springs National Park Quarter launched the American Beautiful Quarters Program in 2010.

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