John Muir-Yosemite California State Quarter
Recent News and Articles
2005 News and Articles
- Collectors flip over Yosemite coin
By Dhyana Levey, The Union Democrat (March 28, 2005)
New California state quarters featuring a Yosemite National Park design have
hit stores and banks, and coin collectors and Yosemite fans are snapping them
up, suppliers say.
the Spring, 2005 issue for a detailed story with photographs on the California
Quarter coin launch "We're
on the Map";
and the Fall, 2004 issue for information about the concept designer Garret
Burke's winning design.
2005 Archive :
Download the January, 2005 issue Cover Story for the article: "California
State Quarter: A Wild Choice" by Cathy L. Clark
- Muir Coin for Every Schoolchild in Town
(East Lothian Courier, (March 15, 2005)
Every school child in Dunbar [Scotland] and the surrounding area is being
presented with a special quarter dollar coin which depicts well-known conservationist
- Conservationist honoured on 25-cent piece
by Craig Howie The Scotsman (March 4, 2005)
One of the most celebrated sons of the Scottish diaspora, one of hundreds
of thousands whose family was ambitious, oppressed or desperate enough
to leave Scotland to seek a new life in the US, Muir has been honoured
on over 500 million coins just released into circulation in California.
- American coin tribute to conservationist John Muir
East Lothian Today (February 11, 2005)
The first of the John Muir Californian quarters has arrived in Dunbar [Scotland].
The specially struck 25 cent coin was in a presentation package of American
state coins sent to Jim Thompson, convener of the Dunbar John Muir Association,
by its designer Garrett Burke....
descendants party in Stockton: New state quarter celebrated at UOP
By Dana Nichol, Stockton
Record (February 10, 2005)
- Quarter celebration honors Muir's
By Don Harness, The Reporter (February 11, 2005)
- Gathering in Stockton commemorates John Muir, new quarter
By Jennifer Snyder,
Lodi News-Sentinel (Feb 10, 2005)
Inspiration and vision -- two words that
sum up John Muir on the new California quarter, to concept designer Garrett Burke.
John Muir and the new California quarter were commemorated on Wednesday at the
University of the Pacific in Stockton, home to the largest collection of Muir
- Free Quarter? Don't Bank On It
Consumer Alert by CBS News (February 4, 2005) (read text or
- Muir and the U.S. Mint:
New quarter features him; kin get first coins
By Don Harness The Reporter (Vacaville,
California, February 2, 2005)
Local descendants of naturalist John Muir were still talking Tuesday about their
meeting with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger a day earlier, when they were among the
first recipients of the nation's new California quarter....
History: John Muir's grand legacy appropriately graces the California quarter
Swagerty, Stockton Record (February 6, 2005)
As former Gov. Gray Davis declared when selecting five finalists from 8,000 entries
in the coin-design competition, Muir is widely considered California's most famous
As such, it's fitting that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger selected the design
of Muir in Yosemite Valley as the state's official quarter.
- Paying Flip Service: California puts John Muir on its official quarter
Grist Magazine (February 2, 2005)
"Muir lit the torch of conservation in our state," said the
governor, whose environmental record, while not perfect, shines in comparison
to many of his fellow party members in Washington, D.C., where the torch
of conservation is, shall we say, sputtering...." more...
- New quarter
celebrates Muir, conservation: California Gov. Schwarzenegger chose final
Coin collectors and history buffs lined up to be among the first to get a new
quarter commemorating the Golden State’s history, featuring the likeness
of John Muir, his beloved Yosemite and a California condor. (MSNBC News,
February 1, 2005)
Quarter Featuring Muir, Yosemite Enters Circulation
Coleman San Francisco Chronicle (January 31, 2005)
Coin collectors and history buffs lined up Monday to be among the first to
get the quarter commemorating California's history -- adorned with a likeness
of John Muir, his beloved Yosemite and a California condor.
The newest quarter, part of the 10-year, 50-state quarters program by
the U.S. Mint, entered circulation with an introduction by Gov. Arnold
Schwarzenegger and first lady Maria Shriver at the California State History
- Press Releases from the Launch Day:
Schwarzenegger Proclaims January 31st "State Quarter Day in the
States Mint, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger And First Lady Maria Shriver
Launch California Quarter
Celebrating “John Muir, Yosemite Valley and California Condor” (January
Club celebrates John Muir, Yosemite on California Quarter
Statement by Carl Pope, Executive Director (January 31, 2005
States Mint Offers California Quarters in 2-Roll Sets & Bags
- John Muir on California's quarter
Naturalist, Yosemite, condor are depicted on coin debuting Monday
By Michelle Maitre, Tri-Valley Herald (January 30, 2005)
A likeness of one of
the East Bay's most famous residents soon will be jingling in the pockets of
- California gets a coin to flip over
Steve Rubenstein, San Francisco Chronicle (January 29, 2005)
- Minting Muir:
New coin to feature naturalist
By Don Harness, The Reporter (Vacaville, California, January 24,
With a ceremonial boost from Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, and joined by Dixon
and Napa relatives of famous naturalist and conservationist John Muir, California's
proud entry in the U.S. Mint's 50-state quarter program soon will be ready for
collectors - or for spending.
- Drawn & Quartered:The
U.S. Mint's newest commemorative quarter,
from pencil sketch to history in your pocket
By Morgan P. Yates, Westways Magazine, January, 2005.
2004 News and Editorials
- Catholic school grad designs California quarter By Sharon Abercrombie, Catholic Voice Oakland, June 7, 2004.
- Muir coin for every pupil - East Lothian Courier, Scotland, May 28, 2004.
- Coin Talk Radio Program - May 10, 2004 (off-site links)
Garrett Burke, Winning Design Submitter
Sarah Dalton, Co-Coordinator, The California State Quarter Project
Segment 1: [Windows Media Player]
Garrett and Sarah discuss their involvement in the Quarter Project.
Segment 2: [Windows Media Player]
The Design submission and selection processes are discussed.
Segment 3: [Windows Media Player]
Using the State Quarters as an educational tool.
- Muir deserves state's quarter honor by Terry Carter
, Los Angeles Times, April 30, 2004.
"With all the glitz and glitter of Hollywood's bustling studios, our part of the space program, Disneyland and engineering wonders like the Golden Gate Bridge, we chose to link ourselves with a silent, natural panorama. No cell phones. No boom boxes. Wow..."
- Artist Thrilled with Mint Rendition by Ray Sidman, Numismatic News, April 22, 2004.
"The artist behind a state quarter design rendered by the U.S. Mint has spoken out. The surprise? He's ecstatic about the results..."
- The California Dream's Great Explorer Retired state librarian Starr is a modern Muir By William Deverell, Los Angeles Times, April 13, 2004.
Accompanied by state Librarian Kevin Starr, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger recently unveiled the state's new commemorative quarter. It is a beautiful coin, graced by three icons of California history and culture: John Muir stands before Yosemite's Half Dome; a California condor soars overhead...
- John Muir worth celebrating on state quarter by William Tweed, Visalia Times-Delta, April 10, 2004.
"It is no accident that Muir will share the coin with images of Yosemite Valley and a California condor. On the coin Muir will add his visage to a California that he literally defined -- a place of almost unimaginable scenic splendor and the home of amazing creatures such as the continent's largest birds..."
- Reporter's Notebook: Design Unveiled for California Quarter - Interview of Kevin Starr - KCRW's "Which Way, LA?" radio discussion between Award-winning moderator Warren Olney and legendary California State Librarian Dr. Kevin Starr, March 29, 2004.
Editorial: A winning coin design
Quarter shows California natural legacy - Sacramento Bee, April 2, 2004
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has chosen a fitting design for California's quarter. It showcases California's great natural assets - and the human story of their protection...
- Arnie coin set to pay off with tourist boom
by Gareth Edwards. Scotsman.com, April 3, 2004
- John Muir honoured on US coin by Craig Brown, The Scotsman, March 31, 2004.
- John Muir heads Californian coin - BBC News, March 31, 2004
- Muir coin could bring US tourists to town - East Lothian Courier, Dunbar, Scotland, April 2, 2004.
- Editorial: Design is tribute to the state - Long Beach Press Telegram, March 30, 2004.
- Muir's big moment grabs Arnold's vote - Conservationist to grace state quarter By Harrison Sheppard, LA Daily News, March 29, 2004
- Coin to Circulate California Concept
A new design for quarters that will be minted next year is unveiled. It depicts John Muir, a condor and Half Dome. By Cynthia Daniels, Los Angeles Times March 30, 2004.
- Governor unveils new state quarter - Visalia Times-Delta, March 30, 2004
- A natural choice for California's coin By Dion Nissenbaum
San Jose Mercury News, March 30, 2004.
- New California Quarter Features Yosemite, Conservationist John Muir
by Jim Wasserman, Associated Press San Francisco Chronicle - March 29, 2004
- Pioneering Conservationist in Line for Honour on a Quarter - Scots emigrant John Muir, who gave US its national parks, put forward for 25c coin - by The Guardian (UK) (July 7, 2003)
John Muir, regarded as a founder of the modern conservation movement, could soon be honoured by the US with a 25 cent coin. Such recognition would come when the wilderness which he fought so hard to preserve is again under attack.
- Five Finalists vie for 25-cent Fame - by Sacramento Bee (April 29, 2003)
California moved a step closer Monday toward a quarter-sized defining image, as Gov. Gray Davis announced the five top designs to depict the Golden State on a two-bit piece. The five designs will be fine-tuned by the U.S. Mint before the official California quarter is selected by Davis .... Garret Burke, designer of the John Muir-Yosemite design concept, said: "Pride in our state's natural beauty is something that unites Californians." From there, he decided his design should incorporate the Yosemite Valley and naturalist John Muir.
- State Coin Contest Rolls Toward Conclusion by Logan Jenkins - San Diego Union Tribune (March, 2003)
"The Sierra Club's Web site recently congratulated its members for sending letters in support of the state's patron saint of natural beauty. Starr confirmed that the 11th-hour campaign influenced his decision to bend the rules. 'So what's your favorite design?' I asked. Starr confessed that he is personally partial to the Muir design because it says something so important about the state's history. Muir is the 'most admired man of all Californians,' Starr said, citing a recent poll."
- Miner, Bear, and Redwoods Among Top Designs - Los Angeles Daily News (March 12, 2003)
- Davis Puts His 2 Cents on the California Quarter - San Francisco Examiner article (3/12/03)
- Top 6 California Designs - Quarter Designs Website (non-commercial, non-governmental site)
- Interview with the John Muir-Yosemite Quarter Designer - Sierra Club Currents
- Quarter Spotlight Turns on California - from Coinworld magazine
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