Alaska Quarter arrives this week, next to last in 50-state series

The U.S. Mint began circulating the Alaska state quarter today. The coin has an image of a grizzly with a salmon in its jaws, along with the saying, “The Great Land.” 500 million of the quarters will be minted over the next ten weeks. It’s part of a 10-year program to commemorate each state in the order they entered the union. Alaska’s quarter will have a ceremonial kick-off this Friday at the State Fair in Palmer. U.S. Mint deputy director Andy Brunhart will be on hand for the celebration starting at 1:00 p.m.

Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage

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