Governor Selects Bear with
for Alaska's Commemorative Quarter
April 23, 2007
Alaska Governor Sarah Palin today unveiled the final design for
the Alaska commemorative quarter. The Governor selected the bear
with salmon and the North Star (AK-3). Mark Vinsel, Chair of
the Alaska Commemorative Coin Commission, joined Governor Palin
for the unveiling ceremony at the Alaska Mint in Anchorage. The
design will be forwarded to the U.S. Mint, which will release
the coin in fall 2008.
"This was a hard decision," said Governor Palin. "All
of these designs are very fitting for Alaska. I heard from many
Alaskans across our state who helped me decide which design best
represents Alaska. I would like to extend a special thank you
to all of the students and teachers who took part in this process,
too. Their input was especially helpful."
The new state quarter is part of a 10-year program started by
Congress in 1999. Coins are released every ten weeks in the order
states were admitted to the union. Alaska was the 49th state
admitted to the union in 1959. Hawaii followed shortly thereafter.
The back side of each quarter honors that state.
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