In 1959, theAnchorage Daily Times announced that Alaska was to be the 49th state. What once was "Sewards Folly" (a land first thought to be too harsh & without financial merit), was finally recognized as a valuable and equal in the United States.
To commemorate Alaska's statehood, a new US quarter will be minted in 2008. Four designs have been created and are a Polar Bear, a Dog Musher, a Grizzly Bear, or a Goldpanner.
Online polls are already in place and requesting people's input, but it will ultimately be Gov. Sarah Palin who will make the final choice. The coin will be minted in the last half of next year just in time for Alaska's 50th Anniversary. To view the different designs and vote, you can visit: http://www.adn.com/money/story/8783031p-8683146c.html