Thousands come to see state quarter

By Michael McNutt Modified: January 28, 2008 at 5:43 pm •  Published: January 28, 2008
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The governor said the scissor-tailed flycatcher "represents the scenic beauty of our great state."

The design depicts the scissor-tailed flycatcher in flight with its distinctive tail feathers spread. The bird soars above the state wildflower, the Gaillardia puchella, or Indian blanket. Inscriptions, also on the reverse of the coin, are "Oklahoma" and "1907," the year Oklahoma was admitted into the Union.

Hundreds later stood in line to buy $10 rolls of the quarters or a special commemorative set.

For those unable to attend today's event, the Mint is offering the Oklahoma quarter in two-roll sets (40 coins per roll) containing one roll each from the Mint facilities at Philadelphia and Denver, and in bags of 100 and 1,000 coins. To place an order, customers may go to www.usmint.gov, or call (800) 872-6468. The two-roll sets are $32.95; bags of 100 coins are $32.95; and bags of 1,000 coins are $309.95.

It's expected between 500 million and 550 million Oklahoma quarters will be produced.

Most banks in Oklahoma should have the state quarter today. It may take a couple weeks for someone to get an Oklahoma quarter in their change.