This item is from the Lewiston Sun-Journal on Aug. 21:
Will the new Maine quarter feature a lighthouse or Mount Katahdin?
Four designs have been sent off to the U.S. Mint in Washington, D.C. The state expects to find out in October or November which of the three designs would work best on the Maine quarter, due out in 2003.
Details of the designs being considered are:
· Mount Katahdin is in the background, with a native American in a canoe in the foreground. The name of the mountain is in English and Penobscot, which is “Ktaadn.” The design is a composite of designs submitted by Brian Kent of Litchfield, a consultant with Maine Tomorrow; Holly Higgins, a sixth-grader in Old Town; and Chelsea Flynn, a student at the middle school in Union.
· The sun rising off the coast of Eastport – the first place in the Lower 48 states to see the sun rise. The design includes an outline of Maine and there are 16 rays on the sun, each ray representing a Maine county. The logo reads: “Our nation’s first light.” The design comes from Donald Bassett of Weeks Mills.
· A lighthouse with a schooner behind it, designed by artist Daniel Carr of Colorado and Leland and Carolyn Pendleton of Rockland.
· An outline of the state accented with a few designs — the Quoddy Lighthouse in Eastport and a pine tree – would have a motto that would read: “America’s first light.” McCormick wasn’t sure where the design came from. A panel of judges initially liked the design but then rejected it. However, King liked it and thought it should be included, so it was, McCormick said.
The frequent mountain theme in the other New England coins could mean Maine’s Mount Katahdin design isn’t picked, McCormick said. She considers the lighthouse design not “unique enough to Maine,” and said the features on the Maine outline could get lost because they’ll be so small by the time the images make it to a quarter. McCormick favors the sun rising over Maine. “I like the way it’s worded: ‘Our nation’s first light.’”