Originally published in the Anchorage Press

The Alaska Mint released its 2018 state coin design this month. Designed by a local university student, Megan Warren found influence for her design from growing up in Alaska and her Native Alaskan Tlingit heritage.

The design features a small bush plane traveling over a moose wading in a river in Denali.

The coin is the first state coin at the Alaska Mint that will feature a plane. The plane, which is a Cessna 206, is the same plane that Warren’s grandpa uses to travel Alaska’s backcountry.

“I wanted to get all of my favorite parts of Alaska, and I really like that you can get in a little float plane and get out anywhere you want and be by yourself,” Warren said. “I also wanted to include the animal because that’s just classic Alaska.”

Warren’s design was chosen in a pool of about 20 other submissions.

Warren has always been creative and was able to hone her artistic skills in high school where she attended the Sitka Fine Arts camp for three summers.

“I like painting probably even more than drawing. I also did printmaking for awhile,” Warren said.

The Alaska Mint will be selling the design in six different sizes, with three different metal types to choose from: silver, silver with gold highlights, and 24 karat gold.

“I really like the Alaska mint. They have such good gifts,” Warren said.

Warren said she is most looking forward to tourists having a coin with her design on it.

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