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Executive Order 99-04
April 1, 1999


WHEREAS, The United States Congress approved and the President signed Public Law 105-124 the "Fifty States Commemorative Coin Program Act" (the "Act") to "honor the unique Federal republic of 50 states that comprise the United States" and "to promote the diffusion of knowledge among the youth of the United States about the individual States, their history and geography, and the rich diversity of the national heritage"; and

WHEREAS, five state quarter dollars will be issued every year beginning in 1999 in the order in which the states ratified the United Stages Constitution or were admitted into the Union; and

WHEREAS, on May 29, 1790, Rhode Island became the thirteenth state to ratify the Constitution; and

WHEREAS, Rhode Island will be among the third group of five states whose coins will be released in 2001; and

WHEREAS, under the Act, the Governcr of the State of Rhode Island is responsible for establishing a selection process and submitting coin concepts which are emblematic of the State of Rhode Island to the Citizens Commemorative Coin Advisory Committee and the Fine Arts Commission of the United Stares for consideration, with final approval by the Secretary of the Treasury.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, LINCOLN C. ALMOND, by the virtue of the power vested in me as Governor of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, do hereby order as follows:

1. The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (the "Council") shall organize a Coin Concept Advisory Panel to be chaired bv a representative of the Council and to consist of: the President of the Rhode Island School of Design or designee; the Chairman of the Rhode Island Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission or designee; a representative of the Governor's Office; a Rhode Island numismatist; a representative of the Rhode Island design community; and Senator John Chafee or designee in recognition of his original introduction of the Act in the United States Senate.

2. Rhode Island residents are hereby encouraged to submit design concepts to che Council for consideration.

3. The Council may issue design concept standards and such other rules as may be appropriate.

4. The Coin Concept Advisory Panel shall review all coin design concepts and recommend five concepts for submission to the Governor. During this process, the Panel shall:

A. Give highest consideration to concepts which promote Rhode Island's rich heritage and recognize Rhode Island's historical significance among the original thirteen colonies; and

B. Abide by the federal design concept standards provided for in the Act and promulgate and abide by consistent state design concept standards; and

C. Consult with historians, art, design, and coin experts, and Rhode Island residents in its review of the coin design concepts; and

D. Recommend five (5) coin design concepts to the Governor no later than June 14, 1999.

This Executive Order shall take effect immediately upon date hereof.

So Ordered:

Lincoln Almond