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New Mexico Quarter to Launch in Santa Fe April 7
By Maggie Pahl, Market Update
March 31, 2008

For collectors and state quarter enthusiasts, New Mexico is the place to be next week. A public collectors forum, ceremony and quarter exchange will send off the New Mexico state quarter into circulation. The activities will take place April 6-7.

Mint Director Ed Moy and Governor Bill Richardson will be on hand at the Santa Fe capitol building April 7 as the Santa Fe quarter is ceremonially launched into circulation. Because the quarter goes into circulation the same day, the public will be able to exchange $10 bills for rolls of the new quarters, and they will be handed out to attending children. The event is free.

As a prelude to the launch festivities, Moy will host a Coin Collectors Forum at the National Hispanic Cultural Center of New Mexico in Albuquerque from 2:30 to 4 p.m. April 6. The public is invited to share with Mint officials their ideas for future coinage.

If you're hoping to pluck a New Mexico quarter from circulation, here are some reverse details to watch for:

-- It bears an image of a Zia sun symbol, which is also featured on the New Mexico flag. The Zia Indians of New Mexico consider the sun symbol to be sacred. The symbol is positioned over a topographical outline of the state.

-- The inscription, "Land of Enchantment" is included on the coin. Besides being the state's nickname, a ballad of the same title was officially adopted by New Mexico in 1989. Words and music are by Michael Martin Murphy, Chick Raines and Don Cook.

-- Also inscribed are "New Mexico" and "1912," the date it was the 47th state accepted into the Union.

Happy hunting!

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