Demand high for Missouri quarters

Some banks already have run out of the coins.
Tuesday, August 26, 2003 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 6:47 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Local coin collector John Twente doesn’t have much interest in the new Missouri quarter.

“Quarters are the most common thing in the world,” said Twente, owner of Twente Ancient Coins. “It’s just 25 cents, and it will be that way forever.”

While Twente sees no reason to stock up on the newly minted coins released Aug. 4, there’s been a run on them in Columbia.

Boone County National Bank on Broadway exhausted its supply of 20,000 Missouri quarters within four days — even with a one-roll per customer limit — and hasn’t had any since, said Mary Wilkerson, vice president of marketing.

The community interest comes as little surprise to Wilkerson.

“Well, it’s the Missouri state quarter,” she said. “People love their state.”

First National Bank received considerably fewer Missouri quarters, Vice President of Retail Cheryl Jarvis said, and they were gone in a day and a half. She said a large portion of the bank’s first shipment went to customers who had called ahead to reserve.

First National expects another shipment of about 4,000 quarters on Thursday.

The new state quarter depicts explorers Lewis and Clark on the Missouri River. Inscribed above their portrait are the words “Corps of Discovery” and “1804-2004.” Missouri’s is the 24th state quarter issued by the United States Mint , according to the U.S. Department of Treasury. Arkansas will follow with the 25th later this year.

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