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Design Selection Process
The Fifty States Commemorative Coin Program Act (Public Law 105-124), signed by President Clinton on December 1, 1997, provides for the redesign of the reverse side of the quarter dollars with designs emblematic of each of the 50 States. The Washington portrait will remain on the obverse of the quarters. The program provides for five States to be featured each year for a ten-year period and that each State will be honored in the order of that State’s admission to the
The Mint will contact the Governor approximately 24 months prior to the beginning of the year in which the State will be honored to initiate the State design process. The Governor will appoint an individual from the State to serve as the Mint’s liaison for this program.
The State will identify and provide to the Mint a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 5 different design concepts or themes emblematic of the State. The process for identifying concepts will be one of the States’ choosing. Concepts should be provided to the Mint, accompanied by supporting material as appropriate – for example, photographs or sketches of landmarks, landscapes, historical buildings, or official depictions of State symbols. If copyrighted materials are used, releases must be provided from the copyright holders. (Please Note: Any artwork submitted without proper releases will not be considered.)
The Mint will review concepts for appropriateness and coinability. If fewer than three concepts are submitted, the Mint will develop additional concepts as necessary.
The Mint will produce drawings of all design concepts.
The Citizens Commemorative Coin Advisory Committee (CCCAC) will review drawings and recommend candidate designs.
The U.S. Fine Arts Commission will review candidate designs.
Candidate designs will be presented to the Secretary of the Treasury for review and approval.
The Mint will return approved designs to the Governor for selection of the State design.
The State will select the State design through a process determined by the Governor, within a timeframe specified by the Mint.
Final design will be returned to Treasury for approval by the Secretary or his designee.
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Contained here are images gathered from the internet and other resources regarding the state quarters.
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Many states have had thousands of designs submitted from which ultimately finalists are chosen.
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