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Henry, dignitaries celebrate release of Oklahoma's quarter



Gov. Brad Henry and Acting Director of the U.S. Mint Dan Shaver celebrated the release of the State of Oklahoma quarter release today at the Oklahoma History Center.


Oklahoma's coin was the 46th of the U.S. Mint's 50 State Quarters program to be released. The coins have been released in the order the states joined the union.


With the official state bird "? the scissor-tailed flycatcher -- and the state wildflower "? the gaillardia puchella (Indian Blanket) on the coin, those attending the event were able to purchase $10 rolls of the quarters or a special commemorative set for $5.


The state conducted an online poll last year that drew more than 148,000 votes to select the coin's design.


Each child under the age of 18 was given a free coin along with a piggy bank offered by the Oklahoma College Savings Plan.



BancFirst also announced they will be the first institution to distribute the Oklahoma quarters. Henry named the bank the official sponsor.


The bank said the release-day supply of quarters is limited and will be available only as long as supplies last. -Gazette staff

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