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The E-Sylum:  Volume 10, Number 5, February 4, 2007, Article 30

MONTANA STATE QUARTER LAUNCH CEREMONY

The Helena Independent Record published a story on Tuesday, January
30th about the previous day's launch ceremony for the Montana state
quarter:

"Montana’s quarter, the 41st in the Mint’s popular series, was
formally introduced in a ceremony that included several local and
state dignitaries as well as hundreds of elementary school children
from across the city, each of whom got a free quarter.

"The first Montana quarters were minted on Dec. 26, and Sam Gane,
branch manager of the Helena Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of
Minneapolis, said they’ve been in the branch’s Neill Avenue vault
since last week, awaiting distribution to banks across the state.

"The ceremony included performances by the Capital High Jazz Band,
the Helena High Ambiance Choir and Blackfeet singer and songwriter
Jack Gladstone.

"Moy, who called Montana’s bison skull “an evocative image of the
American West,” became director of the U.S. Mint in September, so
this was just his second commemorative quarter release ceremony.

“There’s a lot of state pride with each of these,” he said. “There’s
also a lot of pride involved for the U.S. Mint. Our sculptors and
engravers take a lot of pride in the art they do on these quarters.”

To read the complete article, see: Full Story

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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