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Candidates disagree over quarter design

November 18, 1999
By: Aaron Cummins
State Capital Bureau

The next governor elected by Missourians will have the final say in how the state is depicted on the quarter. Aaron Cummins has that story from Jefferson City--

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The U.S. Mint began releasing new state-themed quarters earlier this year.

Missouri's will be available in 2003 and that means the governor elected next fall will decide how the state is represented.

A spokesman for Republican gubernatorial candidate Jim Talent says Talent would want former president Harry Truman to appear on the coin.

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Contents: Spokesman Steve Boriss says Truman would be included because his work helped end World War II and ultimately led to the downfall of Communism.

Spokesman Steve Boriss said Talent would also want Dred Scott included. From the state capitol, I'm Aaron Cummins.


The image that will appear on Missouri's quarter will depend on who is elected governor in 2000. Aaron Cummins has more from Jefferson City--

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The U.S. Mint will release quarters with scenes from all 50 states over the next 10 years.

Missouri's coin will be available in 2003.

That means the governor elected next fall will have the final say in how Missouri is depicted on the coin.

A spokesman for Republican candidate Jim Talent says Talent thinks Dred Scott should appear.

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Contents: Spokesman Steve Boriss says Dred Scott is remembered for the Dred Scott case, but should also be remembered for the courage he showed by taking his owner to court during pre-Civil War times.

Spokesman Steve Boriss says Talent would also want former president Harry Truman on the coin. From the state capitol, I'm Aaron Cummins.


The state's leading candidates for governor disagree on what they think should appear on the U.S. Mint's Missouri quarter. Aaron Cummins has more from Jefferson City--

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The mint is releasing quarters for each of the 50 states over the next ten years.

Democrat Bob Holden thinks Missouri's natural beauty should be the theme of the coin.

On the other hand, Republican Jim Talent thinks historical figures like Harry Truman should appear.

One thing the candidates agree upon is that the public should be part of the design process.

Both plan to form design committees and ask citizens to submit ideas.

The Missouri quarter will be put into circulation in 2003.

From the capitol, I'm Aaron Cummins.


Missouri's next governor will be entrusted with deciding what will appear on the U.S. Mint's Missouri quarter when it's released in 2003. Aaron Cummins has that story from Jefferson City--

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Quarters depicting a scene from each of the 50 states will be put into circulation over the next 10 years.

The governor in each state decides what will appear on the coin.

In Missouri, that means that the governor elected in 2000 will have the final say.

A spokesman for Democratic candidate Bob Holden says Holden favors a natural design.

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Contents: Don Kling says Missouri's natural beauty and rich history will be the theme of the coin.

Press Secretary Don Kling says Holden will ask citizens to submit design ideas. From the capitol, I'm Aaron Cummins.