This week it was Arizona's turn to launch its state quarter. The launch events are as interesting and varied as the states themselves, although Arizona's sounds less colorful
than others. I've never made it to any of these parties, but they do sound fun. Have any of our readers been to any of this year's U.S. Mint launch events? -Editor
Twenty-five cents made a big impact Monday, June 2, when Governor Janet Napolitano and United States Mint Director Edmund Moy launched the first Arizona quarters into circulation.
The official Arizona quarter launch took place outside the Arizona State Capitol, at an event complete with local celebrities. Mariachi Aguila from Phoenix entertained the crowd, and the ceremony was
emceed by Beth and Bill of 99.9 KEZ.
Wells Fargo, the bank sponsor for the unveiling, made available a free, uncirculated Arizona quarter to each child under 18. Adults could exchange their bills for uncirculated quarters in $10 rolls,
commemorative folios for $10 and limited edition folios for $20. Event participants were treated to free mint ice cream drumsticks in honor of the U.S. Mint, and could explore the Capitol Museum,
which featured two new exhibits documenting the quarter from conception to circulation.
To read the complete article, see: Arizona quarter unveiled
Monday's official release at the Capitol mark the end of a
process that began three years ago when Gov. Janet Napolitano selected coin collectors, state officials, educators and even some elementary school students to figure out what the Arizona coin should
That panel reviewed more than 4,200 design suggestions from across the state before coming up with five finalists. These were sent to the U.S. Mint which produced the actual drawings.
Napolitano, who got the final word, decided to conduct a nonscientific online poll, eventually choosing the one that gained the most votes: A picture of the Grand Canyon and a saguaro cactus, with
the motto of "Grand Canyon State'' in between. That placement was not accidental but instead designed to show that the signature cactus can be found nowhere near the canyon.
To read the complete article, see: Arizona quarter goes into circulation
Wayne Homren, Editor
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