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Cool Currency

As its slogan suggests, the U.S. Mint really is changing the face of money. With its recently released Golden Dollar and 50 State Quarters Program, the Mint has revived the interest in money as art, for numismatists and amateur collectors alike.

The Mint's newest release is the Golden Dollar, a showy replacement for the Susan B. Anthony Dollar. The old coin was easily mistaken for the quarter because of its size and composition. Learn how the design was chosen, view the timeline of development and meet Susan B. Anthony's replacement, Sacagawea.

If you've flipped over your quarters recently, you've probably seen something other than the customary eagle. For the first time since the 1975-76 Bicentennial Quarter, the Mint has redesigned the 25-cent coin. The 50 State Quarters Program honors each state with a unique design. The program was unveiled last year with five states: Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Georgia and Connecticut. Five states will be released each year until 2008. Wondering when your state will be in your pocket? Check here.

The Mint's site also offers a brief history of the Mint, information on free tours and trivia. (Did you know that some coins are designed with grooved edges to prevent counterfeiting?)

The following sites are rich with currency information:

  • The Bureau of Printing and Engraving produces more than 9 billion Federal Reserve Notes each year. Find out more about paper money, including what the pictures on your bills symbolize and information on the new $5 and $10 notes.




  • The U.S. Treasury oversees the Mint, the BEP and the Secret Service. Americans can shop for coins and uncut currency.

  • The American Numismatic Association is a non-profit organization chartered by Congress. You can find a money club in your neighborhood and learn about upcoming events, like the World's Fair of Money.

  • Ever wonder where your money was before it landed in your wallet? Log in its serial number at Where's George? to find out.

  • Find out what your money is worth anywhere in the world with Yahoo! currency conversion.



   --- M. Magnarelli

 
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