Last week Dave Bowers asked for reader assistance on the second edition of A Guide Book of Washington and State Quarters, seeking anecdotes, color pictures, or other
information describing the quarters minted from 2006 to the present. -Editor
John Mutch writes:
The Idaho quarter launch ceremony was held at the Boise depot. It was in the middle of summer and we were having a hot spell, so our ex-Governor Dirk Kempthorne who was Secretary of the Interior
at the time, advised those in charge to be prepared. Someone associated with the Mint had hand fans made depicting the quarter. Those were given out to anyone who wanted one. After the ceremony, I
asked one of the Mint people if they normally gave out souvenirs (other than the quarters) at the launch ceremonies. She indicated that this was the first that she knew of. I haven't really kept
an eye out for ephemera associated with the quarter launches, but have not been made aware of any.
Another bit of trivia regarding the Idaho quarter launch: from what I understand, this was the first state quarter launch that had two Cabinet Secretaries in attendance, Dirk Kempthorne and Henry
Paulson, Treasury Secretary. This was in addition to Edmund Moy, Director of the Mint.
Thanks for the images and stories. Neat item! -Editor
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
NOTES FROM E-SYLUM READERS: APRIL 16, 2017 : Quarter Book help Sought (www.coinbooks.org/v20/esylum_v20n16a16.html)
Wayne Homren, Editor
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