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Guam Quarter Designs Ready for Vote
By CoinNews.net

Artist renderings of Guam commemorative quarter designs have been prepared by the United States Mint and sent back for review. And just as Guam residents were asked to help create the designs, they were asked once again by Governor Felix P. Camacho to cast their vote for a favorite.

“I encourage all residents to take part in the selection process,” Governor Camacho said. “The Guam quarter will be a lasting symbol of our heritage and our people.”

The design receiving the most votes will be the one recommended to the U.S. Mint for production as Guam’s quarter issued next year as part of the District of Columbia and United States Territories Circulating Quarter Dollar Program.

With the conclusion of the successful 50 State Quarters® Program in 2008, the quarter design “baton” has changed hands from the states and moved to honor the District of Columbia and U.S. Territories with their six new quarters in 2009.

All six quarters are now in their final design stages, with Guam close to completion.

The key-codes match the image descriptions.

Finalist GU-01 was based of the following initial design narrative sent to the U.S. Mint
The outline of the island of Guam sits in the center of the coin. To the left of the outline of Guam is the phrase, “Guåhan Tånó I Man Chamorro”. On the right of the coin sits two distinct images, one on top of the other: the Latte and the Flying Proa.

Finalist GU-02 was based of the following initial design narrative
A view of East Hagåtña Bay with detail shows the majestic view of the calm of the inner reef waters and the Philippine Sea just beyond the reef. In the background, is Two Lovers Point, considered the most photographed and visited tourist site on Guam.

In the foreground, a coconut tree bending toward the left of the image. To the right of the coconut tree is the phrase, “Tånó I Man Chamorro”. To the left of the coconut tree is a Flying Proa, depicted as distant from the shore and sailing majestically within the reef.

To the right of the base of the coconut tree is a latte. Detail is minimal, but the size should be 1/3 the scale of the coconut tree. The top of the latte barely touches the phrase, “Tånó I Man Chamorro”. To the left of the base of the coconut tree is a break in the sand bar depicting the Hagåtña River Channel.

Voting for quarter design
Guam residents may cast a vote for their favorite design by following:

Designs for Guam Quarter Online, Community to Vote on Final Version

Voting is open until June 14, 2008.

New U.S. quarters for release in 2009
The D.C. and U.S. Territories quarters are to be issued in 2009 at equal intervals and in the following order:

The District of Columbia
The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico
American Samoa
The United States Virgin Islands
The Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands
Final design candidates will soon be selected for each quarter.

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