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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How do I submit a design?

    Your design must be submitted to the Governor of your state or to the selection committee approved by the Governor. The Governor of your state will be contacted approximately 18 to 24 months prior to the release of their state quarter. Most Governors have appointed a selection committee to organize the collection of submissions. Watch your Governors website for info on when and where to submit a design.

What is required to submit a design?

    The design will need to be submitted on an 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper. The design concept can be a written description, computer drawing, a sketch or a finished drawing. A quarter template (GIF , EPS or PDF) provided by the mint can be used, but is not required. An Entry Form and signed Release Form must be submitted along with the design.

How are designs selected for the state quarters?

    Designs for the quarter will be reviewed by a selection committee approved by the Governor. The committee will make recommendations to the Governor regarding preliminary designs. The Governor and First Lady will select no fewer than 3 and no more than 5 preliminary designs to be submitted to the U.S. Mint. The U.S. Mint reviews the designs for appropriate images and clarity of reproduction. All designs submitted to the U.S. Mint are subject to modifications as needed to meet Federal specifications for coinability. Final design images created by the U.S. Mint may combine elements of more than one design concept. Creators of successful designs surrender all rights to images used in production, marketing, promotions, and other activities related to the U.S. Mint's 50 State Quarters Program. Artists must provide proof of design originality.

Who is selecting the final designs?

    The Governor will in whatever method he chooses select the final design from the artists concept drawings returned to him from the U.S. Mint. Final approval is made by the Secretary of the Treasury.

What designs are acceptable for the 50 State Quarters?

    Designs should be tasteful, and have broad appeal to the citizens of the state. They should avoid controversial subjects or symbols that may offend others. Suitable images may include: landscapes, state landmarks (natural or man-made), historically significant events, historically significant buildings, symbols of state resources or industries, official state flora and fauna, state icons, and state outlines. Priority consideration will be given to designs and concepts that are enduring representations of the state.

Are there any images unacceptable for the 50 State Quarters?

    Yes. The U.S. Mint will not accept state flags and seals, logos, or emblems of specific commercial, private, educational, civic, religious, or sports organizations. Images may not include the likeness of a living person.

If I use copyrighted material in my design, what do I need to do?

    Copyrighted material may be used if it is possible to obtain the legal rights to prepare design renderings. If copyrighted materials are used, the copyright holder must complete the U.S. Mintís Release Form. If you wish to send artwork that depicts a concept, please sign and send the Release Form with your submission.

Can anyone submit a design?

    Yes. Designs may be submitted by anyone, of any age. Most states have only opened their contest to receive submissions from residents of their state. All designs become the property of the state. Most designs will not be returned.

What is the deadline for submitting a design?

    States are asked to submit 3 to 5 designs to the U.S. Mint approximately 18 months prior to the release date of the state quarter.

Will my design be returned to me?

    Probably not. Most designs become the property of the state and will not be returned.

Can a person submit more than 1 design?

    The method of collection of submissions is at the discretion of the Governor of your state or the appointed selection committee. Most states have opened their contest only to residents of the state and only accepted 1 design per resident.

When and how will the design finalists be notified?

    This varies by the deadline required by the U.S Mint for the individual state and is at the discretion of the Governor or the appointed selection committee.

What is the 50 State Commemorative Quarter Program?

    The 50 State Commemorative Quarter Program is a 10-year initiative commemorating each of the 50 states. States are honored in the order in which they ratified the Constitution and joined the Union. The first quarters went into circulation in 1999. The program will end with the final states in 2008. The program may be extended to accommodate additional states if acquired before the end of the program.

When will a commemorative quarter for my state be released?


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