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ARIZONA STATE QUARTER LAUNCH CEREMONY
Anthony Tumonis, an Arizona State Quarter Commission Member, forwarded to following item about the recent launch ceremony for the new coin. -EditorIt was a beautiful sunny day on June 2nd and approximately 5,000 people were in attendance at the State Capital in Phoenix, Arizona. The evening before, Edmund C. Moy addressed a lively crowd for a Numismatic Forum at the historic Carnegie Center, in conjunction with the release. However, this was the day of the official release for the newest Arizona State Quarter.
Entertaining the crowd while waiting for the Wells Fargo Stage Coach to deliver the new Arizona State Quarters was the band Mariachi Aguila. After the Quarters arrived, Radio personalities, Beth McDonald and Bill Austin of 99.9 FM KEZ introduced the Southwest Association of Buffalo Soldiers of Fort Huachuca for the Presentation of Colors. The Pledge of Allegiance was then led by Roberta Crowe, Chairwoman of the Arizona State Quarter Commission.
Afterwards United States Mint Director Edmund C. Moy presented Governor Janet Napolitano with the original artwork for the Arizona State Quarter. Governor Janet Napolitano addressed the audience highlighting the events that took place from the formation of the Arizona State Quarter Commission to the release of the Newest Quarter Dollar. She then participated in handing out brand new state quarters to all the children in the crowd. Later, people lined up to purchase rolls of the States Quarters at face value, and the official Arizona State Quarter Commemorative Coin Folio. The full color Coin Folios were die cut in the outline of the State of Arizona and have a raised-relief Copper Foil Cover. 22,988 regular folios were issued and sold for $10.00. A limited edition numbered folio sold for $20.00, of which only 2,012 were produced. All proceeds benefit the 2012 Arizona Centennial. For more information please visit www.AZGOVERNOR.GOV/AZQUARTER. The people in attendance had an opportunity to explore the Capital Museum with two brand new exhibits. The Quarter Project, which detailed the process of creating the Arizona State Quarter. And 1940 ARIZONA Movie Scrip, which highlighted the currency used in the Columbia Pictures movie ARIZONA starring Jean Arthur and William Holden.
Wayne Homren, Editor
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