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Last three quarter designs decided

The designs of all five 2008 quarters have now been decided. The final designs for Oklahoma, Arizona and New Mexico have been announced.
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The designs of all five 2008 quarters have now been decided. The final designs for Oklahoma, Arizona and New Mexico have been announced.

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Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry said the state?s quarter will feature the state bird and state wildflower ? the scissor-tailed flycatcher and the Gaillardia pulchella plant, respectively. The residents of the state chose this design after citizens complained that the artists at the Mint left out the bible held by the pioneer woman in the four other designs.

The design with the state bird and state wildflower garnered more votes than the other four designs combined.

The New Mexico Coin Commission selected an outline of the state and Zia Pueblo?s sacred sun symbol for its quarter and Gov. Bill Richardson approved the design.

The quarter will also feature the state?s nickname ? ?Land of Enchantment? ? near the bottom.

Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano chose the design featuring the Grand Canyon and a saguaro for the state?s quarter. The design, the winner of the public vote, also includes a rising or setting sun.

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The five quarters scheduled for 2008 will be released in the order they were granted statehood and will be issued at approximately 10-week intervals beginning with Oklahoma.