Some Oklahomans upset with state quarter designs

By: KXII Staff Email
By: KXII Staff Email

OKLAHOMA CITY -- The designs of the new state quarter in Oklahoma
has sparked some controversy in Oklahoma.

A spokesman for Governor Brad Henry says his office has received about two dozen calls and letters concerned that the Bible is missing from four of the five proposed designs.

The proposed designs are the Pioneer Woman; gushing oil derricks; the scissortail flycatcher, which is the state bird; and a calumet.

However the U.S. Mint states that guidelines have been set, saying that "inappropriate designs include logos with any type of religious affiliation."

A spokesman for the Mint says it will work with the state and the governor on the design.

Voting ends tomorrow, April 27th.

The winning design will be announced by May 1, and submitted to the U.S. Mint.

The state quarter series began in 1999 and the Oklahoma quarter will be issued early next year.

Vote online at or mail vote to:

State Quarter Contest

Office of the Governor, Ste. 212

State Capitol Building

Oklahoma City, OK 73105

You can view the five proposed designs below:

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  • by texas Location: sherman on May 1, 2007 at 02:40 PM
    it will not be long they will have in god we trust removed off of everything and our kids, kids will never know how important that is, The state coin is to represent your state and it should be the indians and buffalo i believe
  • by Milton Location: Durant on Apr 30, 2007 at 10:46 AM
    Hooray for theocracy!!!
  • by Okie Location: Payne County on Apr 30, 2007 at 08:53 AM
    For all of you who want seperation of church and state, why are you not arguing to remove In God We Trust off every money issued? Enough already! Life in the Bible Belt was better when the Bible was allowed.
  • by Okie Location: Durant on Apr 28, 2007 at 04:33 AM
    Seperate Church & State Please - As far as a lot of Okies I know you can put anything but a bible on the coin. We can get our religion at Church, not off a coin thank you.
  • by Brenda Location: Springer on Apr 27, 2007 at 02:52 PM
    What happened to the Five Civilized Tribes and the Oklahoma landrun?
  • by mom Location: Oklahoma on Apr 27, 2007 at 12:21 PM
    To Rhonda in Ardmore, I voted when they first came out. I still don't think the goverment should push religion. I do have information, I took world history as well as Oklahoma history and that is why I don't want goverment to decide for me.
  • by Bobbi Location: Ardmore on Apr 27, 2007 at 12:04 PM
    I like the design with the scissortail swallow and the native flowers. Natural beauty should always be honored. They were here long before we were and will be missed should they disappear. By the way, God is non-denominational.
  • by Cassidy Jae Location: Elgin on Apr 27, 2007 at 11:57 AM
    Why didn't someone draw a picture of the indians hunting buffalo. Oklahoma is know for Indian not Oil. That is texas. I thought everyone knew that. I voted for the state bird. The rest of them wasn't good.
  • by Phillips Location: Steven on Apr 27, 2007 at 11:50 AM
    I vote for the Bird design, it's simple and really can offend no one.. The bible? Who's kidding who here?
  • by s Location: Durant on Apr 27, 2007 at 11:08 AM
    I strongly agree with John from Atoka. For many people, when you think of Oklahoma, you think of Native Americans. I was wondering why only a peace pipe is representing them. It's even in our name, Oklahoma, how again did we get that name? From the Native Americans.
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