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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 26, June 25, 2006, Article 17

COLORADO QUARTER LAUNCH CEREMONY REPORT

Last week we published some press accounts of the Colorado state
quarter launch ceremony.  Sorry for the incomplete headline,
which should have been something like "Colorado State Quarters
Launched in Denver Ceremony".

Steve Dippolito writes: "I attended the release (the descriptions
in the newspapers are pretty much accurate), bought several rolls,
and I've been giving the coins in one roll away to people at work
who I know are interested.  I also mailed four to a collector friend
in Georgia.  I'll be visiting Texas soon; I need to hand a few out
down there to explain to them what a state quarter *should* look
like.  :-)

They passed out a program -- I snagged several copies.  The Army
had some sort of booth there as well since it was both Flag Day and
the birthday of the Army.  I even saw them cutting a birthday cake
with a sword.  As far as I could see however, none of that had
anything to do with this event other than being in the same place.

For five dollars you could get a fancy commemorative set (printed
on card stock) that had both Denver and Philadelphia mint quarters
in it.  I bought one of those, too.

The night before there was some sort of forum for coin collectors.
I was originally signed up for that but would have had to brave
rush-hour traffic through a major Denver construction zone to go
to it.

I would have to say that the design looks a lot better than I expected
it to, on the basis of the drawings I had seen.  The drawings showed
what looked like a large blank area in the center of the coin; the
engraver managed to fill it with ridges.  I understand, that the
artist has "fessed up" and states that the mountain scenery is based
on a photo of Longs Peak.

According to an unscientific poll I saw online given by a Denver TV
station, 60% or so of respondents wanted the Pikes Peak design (in
spite of it being a Colorado Springs landmark), 30% wanted the Longs
Peak/Colorful Colorado design, and the rest was split among the other
three alternatives.  The favorite where I work was the Maroon Bells
design."

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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