The U.S. Mint's recent state-quarters program has been a boon to coin collecting. According to a survey conducted by the Mint, nearly half of all Americans have collected the coins, resulting in billions of dollars in profits for the U.S. Treasury.
Begun in 1998, the program has introduced five new state quarters into circulation each year. Quarters were minted in the order of statehood—Delaware first, Hawaii last. On the coin’s obverse is a William Cousins update of the 1932 John Flanagan design for the Washington quarter. Because state information would take up the space on the coin’s reverse, the words "United States of America" were moved to top of the coin’s front. This pushed the word "Liberty" to the spot below Washington’s chin, which, in turn, forced the words "In God We Trust" to the area behind the founding father’s ponytail.
The design of each state quarter’s reverse side was left to the states and their governors. Delaware’s design features the historic horseback ride of Continental Congress delegate Caesar Rodney, who galloped 80 miles from his home in Dover to Philadelphia, where, on July 2, 1776, he cast the deciding vote in favor of the nation’s independence.
Other quarters are themselves pieces of history. The reverse of the New Hampshire quarter, which was minted in 2000, is dominated by a rock formation known as The Old Man of the Mountain, which crumbled in 2003. Some states chose icons (a Wright Brothers airplane for North Carolina, the Gateway Arch for Missouri), others picked animals (both Kansas and North Dakota selected buffalo), and a few states placed noted figures on its coins (Helen Keller in Alabama, John Muir in California).
Only a handful of production anomalies have occurred. Some Minnesota quarters from 2005 have an extra tree on them, while the obverse of some Kansas quarters struck the same year read "In God We Rust."
But the most famous flaw in the program occurred at the Denver mint during the striking of the Wisconsin quarter in 2004. The coin’s reverse features a dairy cow, a wheel of cheese, and an ear of corn, all above the state’s motto, "Forward." But that ear of corn has an extra leaf pointing up on some coins, and an extra leaf pointing down on others. These variations have made the Wisconsin quarter the most expensive in the program.
Finally, smaller runs of all state quarters were produced in silver versions. For these quarters, the Mint went back to the pre-1965 recipe of 90-percent silver...
In 2009, the Mint produced coins for the District of Columbia, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and the Northern Mariana Islands, but these coins are not considered part of the state-quarters program.
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No.1 Blackman beats Mt. Juliet in state quartersWKRN.com, March 4th
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WKRN) – The Blackman Blaze have made it back to the state semi-finals again with a 58-48 win over Mt. Juliet. It was a close game throughout that saw future Uconn Husky Crystal Dangerfield score 18 points to lead the Blaze...Read more
Girls hockey: Beverly tops Haverhill, advances to state quartersThe Salem News, March 1st
Beverly's Jess Barthelmess (25, left) hugs McKinley Karpa (4) after she scored the Panthers' third goal in the second period of Saturday's 3-1 state tournament win over Haverhill. Related Galleries. icon-collection Slideshow: Girls hockey playoffs...Read more
Wilson falls one win short of state quartersTheNewsTribune.com, February 28th
Wilson boys basketball season endsWilson lost to Eastside Catholic 53-51 in the WIAA Hardwood Classic 3A regional round boys basketball game played at Mt. Tahoma, February 28, 2015. View Full Gallery PETER HALEY — Staff photographer |Buy Photo...Read more
Wa-Hi girls make long-awaited return to state quartersMid Columbia Tri City Herald, February 28th
It was downright unbelievable by the middle of the third-quarter explosion that power-stamped Walla Walla's ticket to the Class 4A state girls basketball quarterfinals. Had it really been 25 years since the Blue Devils — so prepared, so poised, so...Read more
Marmion wrestling falls in dual team state quartersKane County Chronicle, February 28th
BLOOMINGTON – Marmion's third straight trip to the IHSA Class 3A dual team wrestling state tournament ended with a quarterfinal loss to defending champion Oak Park-River Forest. The Huskies defeated the Cadets, 46-18, at U.S. Cellular Coliseum in ...Read more
Eaton Rapids wrestling bests Warren Lincoln in state quartersC&G Newspapers, February 27th
WRESTLING — The Eaton Rapids wrestling team remainged alive in the race for its ninth state championship after beating Warren Lincoln 42-18 in a 2015 Division 2 state quarterfinal Feb. 27 at Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek. The win puts Eatons Rapids at ...Read more
Park Wrestling: Wills falls in state quarters, joins Flaata in wrestlebacksSouth Washington County Bulletin, February 27th
Park junior Zach Wills fell to the wrestlebacks at state in the 182 pound bracket after dropping a match in the second round at Xcel Energy Center Friday. (Bulletin photo by Jace Frederick). Park Wrestling: Wills falls in state quarters, joins Flaata...Read more
Huskies, Bengals bounced in state quartersABC Newspapers, February 20th
Andover opened play in the Class AA state girls hockey tournament with a 5-0 loss to top-seeded Minnetonka Thursday evening at the Xcel Energy Center. Early on the Huskies gave the Skippers fits by clogging the passing lanes but the Minnetonka showed ...Read more