John Muir-Yosemite California State Quarter
The California Selection process is outlined as follows:
1. The Governor's Office accepts submissions for design of the California State Quarter from September 9, 2002 (Admissions Day) to November 9, 2002.
2. The Governor's Office screens and reviews all submissions received.
3. A committee appointed by the Governor chooses twenty designs from those submitted. An online poll was conducted between December 31, 2002 and January 31, 2003.
4. The Governor selects five of the twenty designs recommended by the committee.
5. The five designs were sent to graphic artists for professional design.
6. Public comment was invited at the Governor's Office for a period of one month after the five designs were announced.
7. The Governor approvs and ranks the top five designs and submits them to the U.S. Mint.
8. The U.S. Mint reviews and revises the five designs to meet the appropriateness and coinability criteria.
9. The Citizens Commemorative Coin Advisory Committee reviews designs.
10. The U.S. Commission of Fine Arts reviews designs.
11. Secretary of the Treasury reviews and approves designs.
12. The U.S. Mint will returns approved designs to the Governor for final selection of the California State Quarter.
13. The Governor returns the final design to the US Dept of the Treasury for approval.
14. Although the United States Mint will consider the Governor's selections, the Mint ultimately creates a design they feel represents the personality of California.
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