JEFFERSON CITY - Missourians will have a chance to design the state's commemorative quarter as part of a contest announced Thursday by Lori Hauser Holden, wife of Gov. Bob Holden.
Missouri will be featured on the 24th commemorative quarter issued by the U.S. Mint as part of its recognition of states in the order they joined the Union. The winning design will grace quarters minted in 2003.
"This great project I'm so excited about, it will tell a story about Missouri for lifetimes to come," the first lady said at the Governor's Mansion.
Holden said designs should be symbolic of the state and could include landscapes, buildings or landmarks. She encouraged submissions from children and students.
The Holdens will consult with members of a special committee and plan to select 24 designs from the pool of entries. Designs will be displayed on the Internet, where Missourians will have a chance to vote for their favorite image.
In the end, between three and five designs will be sent in late April to the U.S. Mint. After the Mint prepares an depiction of how each design would appear on the quarter, the Holdens will select the winning design.
Entries must be submitted by March 28 to the Missouri Commemorative Quarter Design Committee, P.O. Box 720, Jefferson City, MO, 65102. Entry forms may be found at schools, public libraries and the Internet at http://www.gov.state.mo.us.