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The E-Sylum:  Volume 11, Number 1, January 6, 2008, Article 22

DENVER MINT OKLAHOMA QUARTER STRIKING CEREMONY PLANNED

"A ceremony commemorating the striking of the Oklahoma quarter
is next week in Denver.

"Gov. Brad Henry and first lady Kim Henry are scheduled to
attend the ceremony set for Wednesday at the U.S. Mint's
plant in Denver.

"The tail side of the Oklahoma quarter is a design depicting
Oklahoma's state bird  the scissortail flycatcher  in flight
with its tail feathers spread. The bird is in the center of
the coin, with a field of Indian blanket wildflowers around
the bottom half. At the top is the word Oklahoma and just
below that is the year of statehood, 1907.

"Henry asked Oklahomans to come up with suggestions for the
state's quarter. Nearly 1,000 submitted written ideas.
Oklahomans were given the chance to vote online for their
favorite designs; the top five choices were sent to the mint.
The U.S. Commission on Fine Arts selected the design.

"The other four final designs depicted the Pioneer Woman
statue in Ponca City, which is of a woman and child that is
meant to honor the courage of the homesteaders who came to
Oklahoma. The designs featured other elements meant to convey
the state's history and character, including oil derricks, a
peace pipe, a windmill and the state's shape."

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  Wayne Homren, Editor

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