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Alaska designs due

Design ideas for the Alaska state quarter are due Feb. 28.

The submission period for narrative designs to the Alaska Commemorative Coin Commission will end on that date.

The narrative has to explain why the design is emblematic of the state.

Between March 1 and April 30, the Alaska Commemorative Coin Commission will select three to five narrative designs to send to the U.S. Mint, which will produce original art work based on those narratives.

The Mint and the ACCC will collaborate on the artwork, with the State of Alaska appointing an historian or other responsible officials or experts to ensure the historical accuracy and proper state representation of the artwork.

Alaska?s quarter is due out sometime between August and September 2008. In April 2007, the Mint will present the state?s recommended design to the Secretary of the Treasury for final approval.

For more information about submitting a narrative design, contact Patti Swenson, executive director of the ACCC, by writing to her at: Alaska Commemorative Coin Commission, Dept. of Commerce, Community and Economic Development, 550 W. 7th Ave., Suite 1770, Anchorage, AK 99501. Or contact Swenson by calling (907) 269-8108, by faxing (907) 269-8125, or by e-mailing patricia_swenson @commerce.state.ak.us.

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