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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 22, May 28, 2006, Article 15

COLORADO QUARTER STRIKING CEREMONY

On May 25 the Denver Post published an article about the
Colorado Quarter striking ceremony:

"Gov. Bill Owens pushed a button on the hulking machine before
him and moments later, there it was: Colorado's new state quarter.

With television camera lights shining on his face, Owens
looked at the crowd of dignitaries and media with concern.

"We misspelled Colorado," he joked.

The governor's remark (the quarter was later pronounced perfect)
was one of many moments of levity and reflections of a legacy
Wednesday at the U.S. Mint as the new state quarter made its
public debut."

"After the first few ceremonial pressings Wednesday at the mint,
hundreds of newly minted quarters dropped into hoppers, filling
the press room with a jingling noise.

"The sound of money," said U.S. Treasurer Anna Escobedo Cabral,
who had flown in for the occasion."

"The designer settled months of debate Wednesday by acknowledging
the image is not a composite but is based on Longs Peak, one of
the state's better-known 14,000- foot summits.

Owens said he was told the image was a symbolic mountain rather
than a specific place. But artist Len Buckley told The Associated
Press he based the design on a photo he took of Longs Peak, the
highest point in Rocky Mountain National Park, during a family
vacation in the 1980s."

To read the complete article, see: Full Story

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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