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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 4, January 22, 2006, Article 13

UTAH QUARTER DESIGNS UNVEILED

A story from KUTV in Salt Lake City discusses the
finalists in the competition for the Utah State Quarter
design: "Pigtails flying as she catches big air, a girl
snowboarder is taking on Utah's traditional symbols of a
beehive and golden spike in the competition for a design
on the state's commemorative quarter.

The three designs, unveiled Thursday morning, were selected
from more than 5,000 entries. The U.S. Mint will now review
the options before sending them back to Utah for public
comment and a decision by Gov. Jon Huntsman."

"The snowboarder appears to jump off the quarter as she
catches big air with rugged, snowcapped mountains in the
background. With a beaming smile, she joyfully stretches
her right arm overhead and bends to clutch her snowboard
with her left hand in a high-flying maneuver called a
``front grab.'' Next to her are the words, ``The World
is Welcome.''

"The commission did make a concession to safety, however.
In the first version, the snowboarder was wearing a knit
cap. That changed in the second.

``She had a stocking cap on, and I thought, 'If that were
my daughter, she'd be wearing a helmet,''' said Hunt, whose
own daughter snowboards."

A more staid design shows a beehive, Utah's official emblem,
representing industry and community."

"The golden spike design depicts the meeting of two steam
locomotives at Promontory, Utah, in 1896, where the nation's
first transcontinental railroad was linked."

To read the complete article, see: Full Story

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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