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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 25, June 18, 2006, Article 14

DENVER QUARTER LAUNCHED

On June 15 the Denver Post reported on the rollout of the new
Colorado quarter: "The new Colorado commemorative quarter received
rock-star treatment Wednesday during a launch ceremony at the state
Capitol.

More than a thousand people - mostly coin collectors, children and
their parents - braved the heat to be among the first in the country
to palm shiny "Colorful Colorado" coins, some delivered by a
horse-drawn Wells Fargo coach to the west steps of the Capitol."

"Country music blared, two F-16 fighter jets from the Colorado Air
National Guard buzzed the crowd, and volunteers with the Colorado
Historical Society, in period costume, handed out bottles of water
to folks sweltering in the heat."

"The Colorado quarters feature a mountain scene, trees and the
phrase "Colorful Colorado." They should start turning up as change
in regular transactions sometime in July. Some 650 million Colorado
quarters will be minted over a 10-week period in Denver and
Philadelphia."

To read the complete Denver Post article, see: Full Story

More color on the event was provided by the Durango Herald:

"As the opening chords of Pink Floyd's "Money" played over
loudspeakers, Gov. Bill Owens pasted a replica of the quarter on
a large map of the 50 states, joining 37 other quarters that have
been released since 1999. Treasury Department officials say 140
million people are collecting the quarters.

"There has been an enormous surge of interest in coin collecting
in the United States the last few years, and much of the credit
goes to the 50 State Quarters program," said Sandra Pack,
assistant secretary of the treasury.

Despite temperatures in the upper 90s, people queued up to trade
$10 for a roll of some of the first Colorado quarters, while
volunteers from the Colorado Historical Society handed out free
coins to children in the crowd."

To read the complete article, see: Full Story

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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