Press Release from U.S. Mint: January 26, 2005:
UNITED STATES MINT, GOV. ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER & FIRST LADY
MARIA SHRIVER TO LAUNCH CALIFORNIA QUARTER IN SACRAMENTO
What: Reporters are invited to join Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, First
Lady Maria Shriver and United States Mint Director Henrietta Holsman Fore as
they launch the California quarter at the California State History Museum/State
Archives Reference Room in Sacramento on Monday, January 31 at 11 a.m. PT.
Space will be limited to accredited members of the news media and launch participants.
Following the event, from 12:00 noon- 2 p.m. PT, there will be a public quarter
exchange at the Secretary of State/California State History Museum Courtyard
in which bills and coins may be exchanged for rolls of California state quarters.
On Sunday evening, January 30, United States Mint Director Henrietta Holsman
Fore will host a Coin Collectors’ Forum from 6:00 p.m.- 8 p.m. at the
California State History Museum. The public is welcome.
The California quarter-dollar commemorative coin is the first quarter released
in 2005 and the 31st in the United States Mint’s 50 State Quarters® Program.
Gov. Schwarzenegger has declared Monday, January 31, 2005, “State Quarter
Day in the Classroom.” California was admitted into the Union on September
9, 1850, becoming our Nation’s 31st State. The California quarter depicts
naturalist and conservationist John Muir admiring Yosemite Valley’s Half
Dome as a California condor soars overhead. The coin bears the inscriptions “California,” “John
Muir,” “Yosemite Valley” and “1850.”
Who: California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and First Lady Maria Shriver
and United States Mint Director Henrietta Holsman Fore
When: California Quarter Launch: Monday, January 31, 11 a.m. (PT)
Public Quarter Exchange: Monday, January 31, 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. (PT)
Where: California State History Museum/ State Archives Reference Room, Quarter
Launch – 11 a.m.
Public Quarter Exchange: Sec. of State/State History Museum Courtyard – Noon-2
Who: United States Mint Director Henrietta Holsman Fore – Coin Collectors’ Forum – Public
When: Sunday, January 30, 6:00 p.m. – 8 p.m. (PT)
Where: California State History Museum Classroom
For a digital image of the California quarter, go to: http://www.usmint.gov/pressroom/index.cfm?action=photo#SQ2005
VIDEO AVAILABLE -- Satellite Feed of B-Roll California State Quarter Launch;
State Archives Reference Room, Sacramento, CA.
Satellite feed date: January 31, 2005; Feed time: 3:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m. ET,
IA 6, Transp. 15; DL 4000V
Satellite feed date: February 1, 2005;
This b-roll produced by the United States Mint will contain: 1.Close-up of
new California quarter; 2. Scenes from launch event at the California State
History Museum; 3. Sound bites of officials from the event, launching the new
Press inquiries: Michael White (202) 354-7222
Customer Service information: (800) USA MINT (872-6468)