Iowa quarter to launch Friday

Aug. 29, 2004 at 4:53 PM

DES MOINES, Iowa, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- The official launch of the new Iowa quarter was scheduled Sunday be held Friday on the west steps of the Iowa Capitol in Des Moines.

Gov. Tom Vilsack was scheduled to hand out free quarters to children at the event, the Des Moines Register reported Sunday. In addition, an original Grant Wood painting will be on display and a mascot called Peter the Mint Eagle will show up to entertain.

The launch ceremony will correspond with banks putting the new quarters into circulation. U.S. Mint officials said $4.4 million in new quarters are headed to Iowa. Most Iowa banks were expected to have the Iowa quarters available Friday.

The Iowa quarter is the 29th in the U.S. Mint's 50 State Quarters Program.

The design is based on a Grant Wood painting entitled "Arbor Day." The original will be available for a one-day viewing in the governor's office following the ceremony.

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