Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Coast Lines

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Coast Lines

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"It's great to share with the people here because Palestinian people always take [help] from Americans. This way, we are showing the Americans that we want to help them."

-- Ronza Salem, a 17-year-old member of a Palestinian mission group helping to rebuild a Methodist church in Commerce. Story on this page.

QUARTERS ON THE WAY

The federal reserve bank in Atlanta is releasing Georgia's "peachy" quarter July 19, and officials say it should be in circulation by the end of the month.

To commemorate the 50 states, Congress voted last year to diversify quarters, which were last changed -- temporarily -- to depict a colonial drummer for the nation's 1976 bicentennial.

Over the next 10 years, every state will get its turn in the order in which they approved the Constitution or joined the union.

Delaware, Pennsylvania and New Jersey quarters are already in circulation. Georgia's quarter is being shipped from the U.S. Mint to the federal reserve bank in Atlanta in about two weeks.

"People can expect to get them as change within three weeks to a month from the day they are put in circulation," said Pierce Nelson of the Federal Reserve in Atlanta.

The front side of Georgia's retains the familiar portrait of George Washington, but the words normally found on the reverse side, "United States of America," "Liberty," "In God We Trust," and "Quarter Dollar" will now be on the front.

The reverse side features a peach within the confines of a silhouette outline of the state. The central design is bordered by live oak sprigs, symbolic of the state tree. A banner with the state motto -- "Wisdom, Justice, Moderation" -- is superimposed on the design.

Under the law signed by President Clinton last year, five states will be honored with coins each year for the next 10 years. …

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