Designs shall have broad appeal to the citizens of the State and avoid controversial subjects or symbols that are likely to offend.
Suitable subject matter for design concepts include State landmarks (natural and man-made), landscapes, historically significant buildings, symbols of State resources or industries, official State flora and fauna, State icons (eg.. Texas Lone Star, Wyoming bronco, etc.), and outlines of the State.
State flags and State seals are not considered suitable for designs.
Designs limited to one or two concepts, as opposed to multiple concepts, translate best as designs on the small template of the quarter.
Consistent with the authorizing legislation, the States are encouraged to submit concepts that promote the diffusion of knowledge among the youth of the United States about the State, its history and geography, and the rich diversity of our national heritage.
Priority consideration will be given to designs and concepts that are enduring representations of the State. Coins have a commercial lifespan of at least 30 years and are collected for generations.
Inappropriate design concepts include, but are not limited to the following: logos or depictions of specific commercial, private, educational, civic, religious, sports, or other organizations whose membership or ownership is not universal.
Concepts or background materials submitted to the Mint which are covered by copyright, trademark, or other rights (such as privacy and publicity rights) must include a release acceptable to the Mint from the rights owner that allows the concept or materials to be used on the coin, in marketing and promotional materials, and on the Mintís website for unlimited worldwide distribution without charge or restriction. (Please Note: Any artwork submitted without proper releases will not be considered.)
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