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Governor Selects Bear with Salmon Design
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.

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"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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