OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ Governor Brad Henry is asking Oklahomans in the next two weeks to select the design for a special commemorative quarter honoring the state.
Votes can be cast over the Internet or through the mail. The quarter will be issued by the U.S. Mint early next year. It is part of a special series launched in 1999.
Hundreds of designs were submitted by Oklahomans last year and two committees agreed on 10 finalists. Henry then asked Oklahomans to choose the five finalists that were then submitted to the U.S. Treasury Department.
Those designs, finalized by the Mint, include representations of the Pioneer Woman; gushing oil derricks; the scissortail flycatcher, the state bird; and an Indian peace pipe.
``In the year of Oklahoma's centennial celebration, it is only appropriate that the people of our great state have the final say on our special commemorative quarter,'' the governor said.
``Oklahoma is a literal and figurative crossroads of America, a place where we honor past traditions but look to the future with optimism and confidence,'' he said. ``Our state signifies so many wonderful things, it's a tall order to distill that down to a single design for a quarter.
``I believe Oklahomans know best about what image is most fitting for our state, and so I encourage all Oklahomans to vote for their favorite quarter design.''
Again, Oklahomans can vote for their favorite quarter designs via www.ok.gov