US Mint selects Sulphur park tor new state quarter

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Much to the displeasure of Oklahoma officials, the U.S. Mint has announced the Chickasaw National Recreation Area in Sulphur will be featured on a new quarter to be issued in 2011.

Mint officials on Wednesday released the list of 56 quarters in its "America the Beautiful" program that will feature national sites across the country.

Gov. Brad Henry in April recommended the Oklahoma City National Memorial be the focus of Oklahoma's quarter, but U.S. Treasury officials determined the site didn't meet the statutory criteria.

Henry spokesman Paul Sund says the governor was disappointed the memorial was not selected and tried unsuccessfully to appeal the final decision made by Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner.

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