Get ready to see Texas quarters in your change soon.
The U.S. Mint's commemorative Texas state quarter will be distributed and officially unveiled next month.
U.S. Mint spokesman Michael White said production began May 3. The Federal Reserve will distribute the quarters, which feature a Lone Star over a relief map of Texas, to banks beginning in June.
An unveiling is scheduled for June 10 at the Bob Bullock Texas State Historical Museum in Austin.
Arlington artist Daniel Miller designed the quarter. It was selected in 2002 from 2,700 suggestions.
The center of the Lone Star is west of Waco and south of Stephenville. The five points extend to about Marshall on the northeast, Bay City to the southeast, Del Rio to the southwest, Lamesa to the northwest and into Oklahoma north of Wichita Falls.
At the bottom is the year 2004 and "E Pluribus Unum," the Latin phrase meaning "From many, one." The rim of the quarter is encircled by a lariat.
The U.S. Mint made the lariat slightly larger than Miller's original design.
The coin is the 28th in the series of state quarters. Texas was the 28th state to join the union in 1845. Millions will be minted and circulated, White said.
Texas proof coins, minted for collectors, already are for sale as part of a five-state quarters package.
The U.S. Mint began its decade-long program in 1999 to honor the 50 states.
"This program's been more popular than anyone had anticipated, and the quarters have earned about $4 billion for the general fund of the Treasury," White said. "More than 130 million Americans collect them."