Alaska Quarter Celebrated
Governor Sarah Palin’s office announced as late
as last night that she would be spending today
at the Alaska State Fair to introduce the newest
state quarter into circulation.
Governor Palin had a more important ceremony to
attend, however, as she took her place beside
Sen. John McCain’s Friday and was selected as
his vice presidential candidate.
While Alaska found itself in the national
spotlight during the historic political
announcement, the ceremonial release of the
Alaska commemorative quarter continued as
Standing in for Governor Palin at the Alaska
State Fair in Palmer was Lieutenant Governor
Sean Parnell, who was joined by United States
Mint Deputy Director Andrew Brunhart.
“The bear gripping a salmon firmly in its jaws
as it emerges from rapids captures the essence
of your State,” Deputy Director Brunhart said of
the Alaska quarter design.
“When Americans pull this coin out of their
pockets, they will think of Alaska-America’s
Alaska commemorative quarters actually went into
circulation Monday, August 25, when bags and
rolls of the coins went on sale at the U.S.
Mint’s website and the process of getting the
coins into banks and circulating change began.
The Alaska quarter is the 49th, and second to
last quarter-dollar released in the United
States Mint 50 State Quarters® Program that
started in 1999. To date, over 33.7 billion
state quarters have been struck.
The Mint indicates about 500 million Alaska
quarters will be produced. With that many coins
to distribute, it will take about two weeks
before most American see any in change.
Now that the Alaska quarter ceremonial launch is
over, attention will next move to the Hawaiian
commemorative quarter set for release in
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