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Muir Coin for Every [Dunbar, Scotland] Schoolchild in Town

Muir Coin for Every Schoolchild

Every school child in Dunbar [Scotland] and the surrounding area is being presented with a special quarter dollar coin which depicts well-known conservationist John Muir.

The coin has been produced to commemorate the State of California joining the United States of America in September 1850.

Members of Dunbar Rotary Club have taken it upon themselves to present almost 2,000 of the coins which were put into circulation in America in January.

The new 25 cent piece design was created by Garrett Burke and also shows Yosemite Valley, one of the many national parks in the US which Dunbar-born Muir founded. California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger chose the final design which will act as a lasting reminder of Muir's role in American conservation.

Each day this week, rotarians, in groups of three and four, attended Dunbar Grammar School to present the children from each year group with their own coin.

Pupils at Dunbar, West Barns, Innerwick and East Linton Primaries as well as Belhaven Hill School are to receive their coins next week.

It is expected that a number of coins will also be on display at the John Muir Birthplace Museum in Dunbar High Street.

Pictured receiving their coins from rotarian Mike O'Donnell are 12-year-old Grammar School pupils, Ryan Miller and Brodie Fairgrieve.

(East Lothian Courier, March 15, 2005)

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