Launch at Oklahoma History Center – Oklahomans Also Invited to Coin Forum on Eve of Launch

The Oklahoma History Center will be the site of the Oklahoma Quarter Launch on Monday, January 28, 2008 at 11 a.m. United States Mint Acting Deputy Director Dan Shaver and Governor Brad Henry will host the festivities. The public and news media are invited to this free event.

The Oklahoma quarter goes into circulation nationwide the same day. After the ceremony, the public may exchange their bills for $10 rolls of shiny, new Oklahoma quarters at the event. Each child under 18 attending the launch will receive a free Oklahoma quarter.

On the eve of the launch, the public and news media are also invited to a free Coin Collectors Forum in the Chesapeake Room of the Oklahoma History Center, hosted by United States Mint Acting Deputy Director Dan Shaver. The forum from 3 p.m.- 4:30 p.m. on January 27, 2008 will provide an opportunity for the public to let United States Mint officials know what they’d like to see on U.S. coinage in the future.
The Oklahoma quarter is the 46th coin of the United States Mint’s popular 50 State Quarters® Program, because Oklahoma was the 46th State to be accepted into the Union in 1907. Oklahoma celebrated its centennial in 2007.

To download an image of the Oklahoma quarter, go to:

http://usmint.gov/pressroom/index.cfm?action=Photo#50state

WHAT: Launch of the Oklahoma Commemorative Quarter-Dollar & Quarter Exchange Coin Collectors Forum on Eve of Launch

WHO: United States Mint Acting Deputy Director Dan Shaver
Governor and Mrs. Brad Henry
State Treasurer Scott Meacham

WHEN: Launch: January 28, 2008, 11 a.m. (CT); Quarter Exchange to follow
Coin Collectors Forum: January 27, 2008, 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. (CT)

WHERE: Launch: Oklahoma History Center
Coin Collectors Forum: Chesapeake Room, Oklahoma History Center

B-Roll footage of the event will be fed via satellite at the following times and coordinates:
January 28, 3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. ET (2:30 p.m. CT)
C Band, GA 26C, Transponder 5, Downlink 3800V

January 29, 10:30 a.m. -10:45 a.m. ET (9:30 a.m. CT)
GA 3C, Tr. 11 DL 3920H

2:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. ET (1:00 CT)
GA 26C, Tr. 17 DL 4040V

Contact:
Press inquiries: Michael White (202) 354-7222
Customer Service information: (800) USA MINT (872-6468)