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Three Stars for Tennessee
June 16, 2008



I had a telephone call from a helpful Numismatic News reader on Friday. He had the answer to a question asked by a writer in the June 17 issue.

In that particular issue, Phillip M. Lo Presti begins his two-part commentary on the designs of all of the 50 state quarters.

Most readers have opinions about the various designs and Lo Presti decided to jump into that pool and share his. Perhaps other readers will then follow suit and share their opinions.

The question Lo Presti asks has to do with the Tennessee quarter design on which appears a guitar, trumpet and violin and the words, "Musical Heritage." Also, toward the top are three five-pointed stars. Lo Presti asks what they stand for.

A helpful caller wanted to let me know that they stand for the three states of Tennessee or grand divisions as he also called them, the east, middle and west.

I asked the caller if he would send me an e-mail or a letter to run as a letter to the editor, but he did not want to do so.

We don't normally transcribe phone calls, but this information is worth sharing, so I use this space to pass the information along.

Sharing these tidbits of information and history are a part of what the state quarter program was supposed to be all about. On that score, and on many others, it is working.



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About the Author
David C. Harper has been a coin collector since 1963. He joined the Krause Publications editorial staff in 1978 and is currently editor of Numismatic News and World Coin News. He also edits two books annually, North American Coins & Prices and Coin Digest. He is the author of the Class of '63 column that runs each week in Numismatic News. His first bylined numismatic article appeared in the June 1971 issue of Coins Magazine and his various Krause Publications assignments included a stint as editor of the magazine 1980-1983. Harper received a bachelor of science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in 1977. He had a double major of journalism and economics.

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