State Quarters

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United_States_quarter,_obverse,_2004.jpg
Obverse of redesigned quarter

The 50 State Quarters program is the release of a series of commemorative coins by the United States Mint. Between 1999 and 2008 (anticipated completion date), it features each of the United States' 50 individual U.S. states on unique designs for the reverse of the quarter

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The state quarter program

During the program, a new statehood quarter is released by the United States Mint every "quintile," or 1/5th of a year (73 days); five designs are released each year. Each quarter's reverse celebrates one of the 50 states with a design honoring its unique history, traditions and symbols, usually designed by a resident of that state and chosen by the state government.

The quarters are released in the same order that the states joined the Union. The obverse of each quarter is the same, but is a redesign over the previous design of the quarter.

The statehood quarters program has become one of the most popular commemorative coin programs in United States history; the United States Mint has estimated that over one hundred million individuals have collected state quarters, either formally or informally.

Although the statehood program is, by legislation, intended to include only the 50 states, legislation has twice been introduced in Congress to extend the program an additional year to include the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the U.S. territories of Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands and American Samoa. As of June 2004, this legislation had not yet reached a floor vote.

Quarter details

State Release Date
(Statehood Date)
Mintage Numbers Design Elements Depicted
Delaware January 1, 1999
(December 7, 1787)
774,824,000 Missing image
Delaware_quarter,_reverse_side,_1999.jpg
Delaware quarter

Caesar Rodney on horseback
Captions: "The First State," "Caesar Rodney"
Pennsylvania March 8, 1999
(December 12, 1787)
707,332,000 Missing image
Pennsylvania_quarter,_reverse_side,_1999.jpg
Pennsylvania quarter

"Commonwealth" statue, state outline, keystone
Captions: "Virtue, Liberty, Independence"
New Jersey May 17, 1999
(December 18, 1787)
662,228,000 Missing image
New_Jersey_quarter,_reverse_side,_1999.jpg
New Jersey quarter

"Washington Crossing the Delaware"
Caption: "Crossroads of the Revolution."
Georgia July 19, 1999
(January 2, 1788)
939,932,000 Missing image
Georgia_quarter,_reverse_side,_1999.jpg
Georgia quarter

Peach, Live oak sprigs, state outline
Banner with text: "Wisdom, Justice, Moderation"
Connecticut October 12, 1999
(January 9, 1788)
1,346,624,000 Missing image
Connecticut_quarter,_reverse_side,_1999.jpg
Connecticut quarter

Charter Oak
Caption: "The Charter Oak"
Massachusetts January 3, 2000
(February 6, 1788)
1,163,784,000 Missing image
Massachusetts_quarter,_reverse_side,_2000.jpg
Massachusetts quarter

"The Minuteman" statue, state outline
Caption: "The Bay State"
Maryland March 13, 2000
(April 28, 1788)
1,234,732,000 Missing image
Maryland_quarter,_reverse_side,_2000.jpg
Maryland quarter

Dome of the Maryland state house, White oak clusters
Caption: "The Old Line State"
South Carolina May 22, 2000
(May 23, 1788)
1,308,784,000 Missing image
South_Carolina_quarter,_reverse_side,_2000.jpg
South Carolina quarter

Palmetto tree, Carolina Wren, yellow jessamine, state outline
Caption: "The Palmetto State"
New Hampshire August 7, 2000
(June 21, 1788)
1,169,016,000 Missing image
New_Hampshire_quarter,_reverse_side,_2000.jpg
New Hampshire quarter

"The Old Man of the Mountain," nine stars
Captions: "Old Man of the Mountain," "Live Free or Die"
Virginia October 16, 2000
(June 25, 1788)
1,594,616,000 Missing image
Virginia_quarter,_reverse_side,_2000.jpg
Virginia quarter

Ships Susan Constant, Godspeed, Discovery
Captions: "Jamestown, 1607-2007," "Quadricentennial"
New York January 2, 2001
(July 26, 1788)
1,275,040,000 Missing image
New_York_quarter,_reverse_side,_2001.jpg
New York quarter

Statue of Liberty, eleven stars, state outline with line tracing Hudson River and Erie Canal
Caption: "Gateway to Freedom"
North Carolina March 12, 2001
(November 21, 1789)
1,055,476,000 Missing image
North_Carolina_quarter,_reverse_side,_2001.jpg
North Carolina quarter

Wright Flyer, Wilbur and Orville Wright
Caption: "First Flight"
Rhode Island May 21, 2001
(May 29, 1790)
870,100,000 Missing image
Rhode_Island_quarter,_reverse_side,_2001.jpg
Rhode Island quarter

Vintage sailboat in Narragansett Bay, Pell Bridge
Caption: "The Ocean State"
Vermont August 6, 2001
(March 4, 1791)
882,804,000 Missing image
Vermont_quarter,_reverse_side,_2001.jpg
Vermont quarter

Maple trees with sap buckets, Camel's Hump Mountain
Caption: "Freedom and Unity"
Kentucky October 15, 2001
(June 1, 1792)
723,564,000 Missing image
Kentucky_quarter,_reverse_side,_2001.jpg
Kentucky quarter

Thoroughbred racehorse behind fence, Federal Hill mansion
Caption: "My Old Kentucky Home"
Tennessee January 2, 2002
(June 1, 1796)
648,068,000 Missing image
Tennessee_quarter,_reverse_side,_2002.jpg
Tennessee quarter

Fiddle, trumpet, guitar, musical score, three stars
Banner with text: "Musical Heritage."
Ohio March 18, 2002
(March 1, 1803)
632,032,000 Missing image
Ohio_quarter,_reverse_side,_2002.jpg
Ohio quarter

Wright Flyer, spacesuit, state outline
Caption: "Birthplace of Aviation Pioneers"
Louisiana May 30, 2002
(April 30, 1812)
764,204,000 Missing image
Louisiana_quarter,_reverse_side,_2002.jpg
Louisiana quarter

Pelican; trumpet with musical notes, outline of Louisiana Purchase on map of U.S.
Caption: "Louisiana Purchase"
Indiana August 2, 2002
(December 11, 1816)
689,800,000 Missing image
Indiana_quarter,_reverse_side,_2002.jpg
Indiana quarter

Racecar, state outline, 19 stars
Caption: "Crossroads of America"
Mississippi October 15, 2002
(December 10, 1817)
579,600,000 Missing image
Mississippi_quarter,_reverse_side,_2002.jpg
Mississippi quarter

Two magnolia blossoms
Caption: "The Magnolia State"
Illinois January 2, 2003
(December 3, 1818)
463,200,000 Missing image
Illinois_quarter,_reverse_side,_2003.jpg
Illinois quarter

Young Abraham Lincoln; farm scene; Chicago skyline; state outline; 21 stars, 11 on left edge and 10 on right
Captions: "Land of Lincoln;" "21st state/century."
Alabama March 17, 2003
(December 14, 1819)
457,400,000 Missing image
Alabama_quarter,_reverse_side,_2003.jpg
Alabama quarter

Helen Keller, seated, longleaf pine branch, Magnolia blossoms
Banner with text: "Spirit of Courage"
Caption: "Helen Keller" in standard print and Braille.
Maine June 2, 2003
(March 15, 1820)
448,800,000 Missing image
Maine_quarter,_reverse_side,_2003.jpg
Maine quarter

Pemaquid Point Light; schooner at sea
Missouri August 4, 2003
(August 10, 1821)
453,200,000 Missing image
Missouri_quarter,_reverse_side,_2003.jpg
Missouri quarter

Gateway Arch, Lewis and Clark returning down Missouri River
Caption: "Corps of Discovery 1804-2004."
Arkansas October 20, 2003
(June 15, 1836)
457,800,000 Missing image
Arkansas_quarter,_reverse_side,_2003.jpg
Arkansas quarter

Diamond, rice stalks, mallard duck flying above a lake
Michigan January 26, 2004
(January 26, 1837)
459,600,000 Missing image
Michigan_quarter,_reverse_side,_2004.jpg
Michigan quarter

State outline, outline of Great Lakes system
Caption: "Great Lakes State"
Florida March 29, 2004
(March 3, 1845)
481,800,000 Missing image
Florida_quarter,_reverse_side,_2004.jpg
Florida quarter

Spanish galleon, Sabal palm trees, Space Shuttle
Caption: "Gateway to Discovery"
Texas June 1, 2004
(December 29, 1845)
541,800,000 Missing image
Texas_quarter,_reverse_side,_2004.jpg
Texas quarter

State outline, star
Caption: "The Lone Star State"
Iowa August 30, 2004
(December 28, 1846)
465,200,000 Missing image
Iowa_quarter,_reverse_side,_2004.jpg
Iowa quarter

Schoolhouse, teacher and students planting a tree,
Captions: "Foundation in Education", "Grant Wood"
Wisconsin October 25, 2004
(May 29, 1848)
453,200,000 Missing image
Wisconsin_quarter,_reverse_side,_2004.jpg
Wisconsin quarter

Head of a cow, round of cheese and ear of corn.
Caption: "Forward"
California January 31, 2005
(September 9, 1850)
  Missing image
California_quarter,_reverse_side,_2005.jpg
California quarter

John Muir, California Condor and Half Dome
Caption: "Yosemite Valley"
Minnesota April 4,2005
(May 11, 1858)
  Missing image
Minnesota_quarter,_reverse_side,_2005.jpg
Minnesota quarter

Common loon, Fishing, state map
Caption: "Land of 10,000 Lakes"
Oregon 2005
(February 14, 1859)
  Missing image
Oregon_quarter,_reverse_side,_2005.jpg
Oregon quarter

 Crater Lake National Park
Caption: "Crater Lake"
Kansas 2005
(January 29, 1861)
  Missing image
Kansas_quarter,_reverse_side,_2005.jpg
Kansas quarter

American Bison, Sunflowers
West Virginia 2005
(June 20, 1863)
  Missing image
West_Virginia_quarter,_reverse_side,_2005.jpg
West Virginia quarter

New River Gorge Bridge
Caption: "New River Gorge"
Nevada 2006
(October 31, 1864)
     
Nebraska 2006
(March 1, 1867)
     
Colorado 2006
(August 1, 1876)
  Missing image
State_Quarter,_Colorado_Accepted_Design.jpg
Colorado quarter

Rocky Mountains
Caption: "Colorful Colorado"
North Dakota 2006
(November 2, 1889)
     
South Dakota 2006
(November 2, 1889)
     
Montana 2007
(November 8, 1889)
     
Washington 2007
(November 11, 1889)
     
Idaho 2007
(July 3, 1890)
     
Wyoming 2007
(July 10, 1890)
     
Utah 2007
(January 4, 1896)
     
Oklahoma 2008
(November 16, 1907)
     
New Mexico 2008
(January 6, 1912)
     
Arizona 2008
(February 14, 1912)
     
Alaska 2008
(January 3, 1959)
     
Hawaii 2008
(August 21, 1959)
     

Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

Year map

The following map shows the years each state is released as a State Quarter. Missing image
State_Quarters_Year_Map.png
Image:State Quarters Year Map.png

The following table has corresponding color codes for each year applied to the color of the text and grouped by year.

Year 1st State 2nd State 3rd State 4th State 5th State
1999 Delaware Pennsylvania New Jersey Georgia Connecticut
2000 Massachusetts Maryland South Carolina New Hampshire Virginia
2001 New York North Carolina Rhode Island Vermont Kentucky
2002 Tennessee Ohio Louisiana Indiana Mississippi
2003 Illinois Alabama Maine Missouri Arkansas
2004 Michigan Florida Texas Iowa Wisconsin
2005 California Minnesota Oregon Kansas West Virginia
2006 Nevada Nebraska Colorado North Dakota South Dakota
2007 Montana Washington Idaho Wyoming Utah
2008 Oklahoma New Mexico Arizona Alaska Hawaii

Controversy over the Wisconsin quarter

The U.S. Mint designed the state quarters series, not as a potentially valuable collectible, but as a way of spurring interest in U.S. coinage - which had seen relatively few changes in design in the past 50 years - and U.S. history. While none of the regular circulating issues are sufficiently rare enough to become valuable investments, there was a small measure of collector interest and controversy over misprintings of the Wisconsin quarter. Some designs feature corn without a smaller leaf, others feature a small leaf pointing upwards, and still others have the leaf bending down. A set of all three quarters from the Philadelphia mint sold on eBay in February 2005 for $300. No other variations on any other state quarter issues have been noted as of 2005.

See [1] (http://www.snopes.com/business/money/quarter.asp) for some further details on the variations in the Wisconsin quarter reverse.

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