In this image released by the Alaska Governors Office, shown is one the four for designs for the Alaska state quarter that was released Tuesday, April 10, 2007. The coins emphasize Alaska's wildlife, rugged landscape and pioneering spirit.
What image does Alaska want to present to the world? A polar bear with the midnight sun? Denali National Park complete with musher, Big Dipper and the North Star? A brown bear with salmon? A gold panner in Denali National Park?
What about the slogan that best describes Alaska: Land of the Midnight Sun? North to the Future? The Great Land? Denali The Great One?
The coins emphasize Alaska's wildlife, rugged landscape and pioneering spirit.
All of the above elements are part of the final four designs for the Alaska commemorative quarter.
Before she selects the final design later this month, Gov. Sarah Palin is asking the public to weigh in on the images. The coins are pictured above and also can be found on the state’s home page. Public comments are invited through April 22 and can be made online at http://www.gov.state.ak.us/coin_comments.php.
Sure, there are far bigger issues that Alaskans can and should be concerned about, but those big things shouldn’t stop them from having a voice in this historic project. The new state quarter is part of a 10-year program started by Congress in 1999. Alaska’s quarter is scheduled to be released by the United States Mint in the fall of 2008.
The Alaska Commemorative Coin Commission submitted five narrative designs to the Mint. The final selections were based on aesthetic beauty, historical accuracy, appropriateness and “coinability,” or how well the drawing would fit on a quarter.
All of the designs have something to recommend them. Let the governor hear what you have to say.
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