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The E-Sylum:  Volume 11, Number 6, February 10, 2008, Article 29

OKLAHOMA STATE QUARTERS RELEASED

[The Muskogee Phoenix published an article this week
about a local bank chosen to release the first Oklahoma
state quarters.  -Editor]

Mildred Bruce, 79, was one in a long line of people waiting
for the 11 a.m. Monday release of the Oklahoma commemorative
state quarter at BancFirst.

Bruce was at BancFirst’s location at York Street and Shawnee
Bypass. The new quarters feature the official state bird
and the state wildflower: the scissor-tailed flycatcher
and the Gaillardia puchella, or Indian blanket.

The 11 a.m. release was timed to coincide with an official
kickoff in Oklahoma City featuring Gov. Brad Henry and
United States Mint Acting Deputy Director Dan Shaver.
Oklahomans have had quite a wait for their own quarter;
it is 46th of the United States Mint’s popular 50 State
Quarters Program.

The design was selected in a statewide online vote that
drew more than 148,000 votes.

Shannon George, marketing officer for BancFirst, said she
was pleased to see how many people turned out for the release.

George said the BancFirst locations in Muskogee had $4,000
in new quarters on Monday. Customers were limited to one
$10 roll of 40 quarters. The coin will be officially released
to all banks on Wednesday.

“People have been asking us for weeks and weeks when they
would be available,” George said. “They also asked about
the design; a lot of them weren’t sure what it would look
like. I like the design; I think it’s perfect.”

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  Wayne Homren, Editor

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