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Quarter cases on display now

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By The Staff

Harold McDonald Jr. likes to work with wood.

It has been a lifelong interest, beginning in shop class at Indian Land High School years ago and resulting in a 26-year stint with Van Wyck Pool Tables, where he uses his wood-working skills daily.

"Once you've done four- or 5,000 of them, it's no big deal," McDonald said of the skill involved in crafting a pool table.

Today, you can see some of his other creations at the Lancaster County Administration Building, where three of his wooden quarter holders are on display in the lobby.

McDonald's family began collecting the state quarters when the U.S. Mint began producing them in 1999. The quarters "celebrate each of the 50 states with a design honoring its unique history, traditions and symbols," according to the U.S. Mint. The mint releases five new quarters each year.

McDonald's father bought a roll of each new quarter as it was released. As the number of quarters in the family's collections grew, they looked to McDonald for help in storing and displaying them.

At first, McDonald simply took pieces of wood and drilled holes in them wide enough and deep enough for his father's entire roll of quarters. Then he began to design coin holders to display the quarter collections. He made a four-sided tower and a horizontal display bar.

For his sister, Cassie Stump, McDonald cut a circle out of cedar and drilled the holes for the quarters in a concentric circle pattern. She encouraged him to display his woodwork at the county building.

McDonald got the idea for his flag-shaped coin holder from a woodworking magazine. The flag makes a patriotic backdrop for the quarters.

His work will remain on display at the County Administration Building through July.