Arkansas Quarter Debut

October 14, 2003 -- Posted at 7:10 AM CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR -- The newly minted Arkansas state quarter will debut later this month. Quarters will be handed out to more than two thousand children at a ceremony on October 28th at Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro.

A daylong series of events is planned. Events will begin with morning performances by the Murfreesboro High School band and end with a fireworks display.

Governor Huckabee and Henrietta Holsman Fore, director of the U-S Mint, will officially launch the quarter into circulation at the park. Park officials say the event will be standing room only and that school groups from as far away as West Memphis have registered to attend.

The Arkansas quarter will be the 25th state quarter in circulation.

Murfreesboro was chosen to host the Arkansas quarter ceremony because a diamond is featured prominently in the quarter's design.

The quarter also features a duck, pine trees and a rice plant. Dortha Scott of Mount Ida sketched the winning design, which was selected from nine thousand,320 contest entries.

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