This is the original design selection procedure. It was used to pick the designs for the state quarters issued from 1999 to 2004.
The Mint will contact the Governor approximately 24 months prior to the
beginning of the year in which the State will be honored to initiate the State
design process. The Governor will appoint an individual from the State to
serve as the Mint’s liaison for this program.
The State will identify and provide to the Mint a minimum of 3 and a
maximum of 5 different design concepts or themes emblematic of the State. The
process for identifying concepts will be one of the States’ choosing. Concepts
should be provided to the Mint, accompanied by supporting material as
appropriate – for example, photographs or sketches of landmarks, landscapes,
historical buildings, or official depictions of State symbols. If copyrighted
materials are used, releases must be provided from the copyright
holders. (Please Note: Any artwork submitted without proper releases will
not be considered.)
The Mint will review concepts for appropriateness and coinability. If
fewer than three concepts are submitted, the Mint will develop additional
concepts as necessary.
The Mint will produce drawings of all design concepts.
The Citizens Commemorative Coin Advisory Committee (CCCAC) will review
drawings and recommend candidate designs.
The U.S. Fine Arts Commission will review candidate designs.
Candidate designs will be presented to the Secretary of the Treasury for
review and approval.
The Mint will return approved designs to the Governor for selection of the
The State will select the State design through a process determined by the
Governor, within a timeframe specified by the Mint.
Final design will be returned to Treasury for approval by the Secretary or