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St. Augustine Mayor George Gardner (standing) welcomes over 300 people to the ceremony held on the grounds of the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument celebrating the release of Florida’s quarter. Seated on the stage (left to right) are Chuck Dale, Manager of St. Augustine's Museum & Visitor Services, Sam Durrance, Founder-President of the Florida Space Research Institute, and Florida Lt. Governor Toni Jennings.
On April, 9, 2002, Governor Jeb Bush appointed the Florida Commemorative Quarter Committee to begin the process of selecting the design that would grace Florida’s quarter as part of the United States Mint’s 50 State Quarters® Program.
Nearly two years later, on April 7, 2004, Lt. Governor Toni Jennings came to St. Augustine to celebrate the release of the Florida’s quarter that bears the winning design, Gateway to Discovery. The Florida quarter is the 27th quarter to be released in the program because Florida was the 27th state to be admitted to the Union.
Standing beneath the flags of the United States, Florida and the City of St. Augustine, and in front of the majestic Castillo de San Marcos National Monument, Jennings told the more than 300 people gathered how appropriate it was that St. Augustine be one of the two sites in the state celebrating the quarter’s release. The other ceremony, held at the Kennedy Space Center, was presided over by Governor Bush.
The new quarter’s design includes three elements: a Spanish gallon, depicting discoveries of the past; a Space Shuttle representing the discoveries of the future; and Sable palms, Florida’s state tree, poised on a shoreline. Beneath the three elements is the inscription Gateway to Discovery.
Others participating in the ceremony were St. Augustine’s Mayor George Gardner who acted as emcee, Chuck Dale, Manager of St. Augustine's Museum & Visitor Services, and Sam Durrance, founder-president of the Florida Space Research Institute and a former astronaut who flew on missions of Space Shuttles Columbia and Endeavour. Dale, dressed as a 1740 Spanish military officer, spoke of the St. Augustine’s significance as a keystone to discoveries of the past, and Durrance spoke of Florida’s significance as a point of departure for discoveries of the future because the state is the home of the Kennedy Space Center.
The process of selecting Gateway to Discovery involved hundreds of thousands of people who voted for their favorite of the final five designs. In addition to Gateway to Discovery the finalists were:
After more than 400,000 votes were tallied, the results were:
The Florida quarter, the 27th in the United States Mint’s 50 State Quarters® Program, was released to the public on April 7, 2004.