It was in today's paper ; My son-in-law entered the original contest to design the quarter for the State of Washington but didn't win. However, his design was very close to what they ended up with. The governor made the final decision and I think she may have chosen components of several designs submitted. I have been collecting these special edition quarters since they started releasing them in 1999. The U.S. mint releases 5 per year. I have them all thru 2006. Montana's quarter is also being released in 2007. 2008 will be the last year they will be minting them.
"U.S. Mint begins producing WA state quarter
TACOMA, Wash. -- The U.S. Mint has begun producing the new Washington state quarter, but it will be at least a month before you start seeing the coins in your change.
The coins likely won't begin being shipped out until around April 2, said Mike White, a spokesman for the U.S. Mint in Washington, D.C.
That's about when the first shipment is expected to arrive at the Seattle branch of the Federal Reserve Bank.
From there, the coins will be distributed to commercial banks as they need them to restock their currency. Banks will have to special order the Washington quarters if they want them specifically, rather than just a random assortment of all types of quarters.
The U.S. mints in Denver and Philadelphia will stamp out between 500 million and 700 million Washington quarters over the next 10 weeks.
The Washington quarter shows a king salmon leaping from the water with Mount Rainier in the background.
It is the 42nd state quarter to be minted, following the order of each state's admission to the union. Idaho will be next, followed by Wyoming and Utah.
Information from: The News Tribune, http://www.thenewstribune.com"
Saturday, March 3, 2007
YOU CAN GET YOURS IN APRIL
Posted by Linda's World at 10:46 AM