Arizona Quarter Launch at State Capitol among First Places for Public to Get New Quarters

The State Capitol Senate Lawn in Phoenix will be the site of the Arizona Quarter Launch on Monday, June 2, 2008, at 10 a.m. (Arizona Time). United States Mint Director Ed Moy will join Governor Janet Napolitano in hosting the festivities. The public and news media are invited to this free event which celebrates the 48th commemorative quarter-dollar in the popular 50 State Quarters® Program. The Arizona quarter goes into circulation nationwide the same day. After the ceremony, the public may exchange their bills for $10 rolls of shiny, new Arizona quarters at the event. Each child under 18 attending the launch will receive a free Arizona quarter. On the eve of the launch, the public and news media are invited to a free Coin Collectors Forum in the Carnegie Center from 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Arizona Time) on Sunday, June 1, 2008 hosted by United States Mint Director Ed Moy. The forum will provide an opportunity for the public to let United States Mint officials know what citizens would like to see on U.S. coinage in the future. Arizona was the 48th state to be admitted into the Union on February 14, 1912. The 50 State Quarters® Program honors the states in the ordered they joined the Union. To download an image of the Arizona quarter, go to: http://usmint.gov/pressroom/index.cfm?action=Photo#50state WHAT: Launch of the Arizona Commemorative Quarter-Dollar Quarter Exchange Coin Collectors Forum on Eve of Launch WHO: United States Mint Director Ed Moy Governor Janet Napolitano Beth and Bill, 99.9 FM KEZ Radio Roberta Crowe, Arizona Quarter Commission Chair Mariachi Aguila de Marcelino Cervantes Southwest Association of Buffalo Soldiers WHEN: Launch: June 2, 2008, 10 a.m. (Arizona Time); Quarter Exchange to follow Coin Collectors Forum: June 1, 2008, 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Arizona Time) WHERE: Launch: State Capitol Senate Lawn, 1700 West Washington Street, Phoenix Coin Collectors Forum: Carnegie Center, 1101 West Washington Street, Phoenix SATELLITE FEED FOR TV OUTLETS: A satellite feed that includes the Arizona Quarter Launch, sound bites of participants and production B-roll will be available on June 2, 2008 at 3:30 p.m.-4 p.m. (ET), Galaxy 25C, Transponder 23, Downlink 4160V; and on June 3, 2008 at 1:00 p.m.-1:15 p.m. (ET), Galaxy 25C, Transponder 23, Downlink 4160V. Contact: Press inquiries: Becky Bailey (202) 354-7222 Customer Service information: (800) USA MINT (872-6468)