Colorado Quarter Unveiled

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Governor Owens is selecting a mountain scene with the caption "Colorful Colorado" as the design that will adorn the state's new commemorative quarter.

Owens made the announcement during a news conference this morning at the state Capitol.

More than 15-hundred designs had been submitted to a special commission, which First Lady Frances Owens led.

The panel narrowed that field to five finalists -- leaving the ultimate decision to the governor.

The design Owens selected beat out others depicting Mesa Verde National Park, the "Centennial State," Pikes Peak and a skiing soldier -- commemorating the Army's Tenth Mountain Division.

The "first strike" ceremony for the new quarter will occur in Denver later this year.

The coin will be minted at various locations, and begin circulating in mid-2006.