Tuesday, July 17, 2001

Ohio quarter design OK'd - with edit

By Liz Sidoti
The Associated Press

        COLUMBUS — Ohio has a design for its commemorative quarter — finally. It took about a year of haggling and tweaking for a state committee and the U.S. Mint to agree on a depiction that represents the state.

        “We won the battle,” said Beth Deisher, a member of the Ohio Commemorative Quarter Program Committee and the editor of Coin World, an industry magazine published in Sidney.

        But did they really?

        Ohio's coin will depict the aviation theme that the committee chose, but not the exact phrase.

        The quarter will showcase the first plane designed by Dayton, Ohio's Wright brothers and an astronaut — both superimposed over an outline of Ohio — and will carry the slogan, “Birthplace of Aviation Pioneers.”

        Much to the disappointment of committee members, the Mint added the word “pioneers” to the phrase. Committee members point to the addition as an example of the Mint going too far.

        “Is it supposed to be the state's choice or the Mint's choice?” said Tom Noe, chairman of the committee.


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