Oklahoma City National Memorial on Special Quarter

Gov. Brad Henry selects the Oklahoma City National Memorial to be depicted on a special Oklahoma quarter coined by the U.S. Mint.
The new coin is part of an upcoming program in which the Mint will commemorate a national site from each of the 50 states, District of Columbia and U.S. territories.
Under guidelines provided by the Mint, governors are asked to recommend an appropriate site in their jurisdiction for representation on the quarter. The U.S. Treasury will make the final decision on designs, which are expected to be announced later this month. To be considered, a site must be under the supervision or conservancy of the National Park Service, the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service or any similar federal department.
Gov. Henry said Oklahoma boasts many amazing landmarks and sites that would be appropriate for commemoration on the slated quarter, but that he felt the Oklahoma City National Memorial ultimately was the best choice.
“The Oklahoma City National Memorial is a powerful and resonant testament to the character of our great state and its people,” the Governor said.
“It resulted from one of the greatest tragedies our nation has faced, but one that also demonstrated the strength, courage, compassion and resilience of Americans – and particularly Oklahomans. It reflects the singular character of all our people, and so I think it is fitting to grace the special commemorative quarter being planned by the U.S. Mint.”
The first round of the 56 commemorative coins will be issued in 2010 at the rate of five new quarter designs per year.
Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum executive director Kari Watkins thanked Gov. Henry for the selection.
“The millions of visitors worldwide who have visited the Memorial and Museum know that it is a place of hope, comfort and peace,” Watkins said.

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