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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New tax rule adopted by state: coin flippingCarolinacoastonline, March 31st
While the majority of the legislation supports using a silver dollar, some have said a quarter is more traditional and one of the 50 state quarters dedicated to North Carolina could be used. Several women's rights lobbyists have announced their intent...Read more
Coles Ferry Elementary's Jump Rope for HeartLebanon Democrat, March 31st
Judy Cumming's second grade class collected all 50 state quarters for a geography project and then donated the coins to the American Heart Association. The grade level jump rope contest winners were: Back Row, left to right, fourth grade boys, Evan...Read more
Manor no match for Bridgehampton in state quartersTimes Herald-Record, March 13th
SELDEN – Charlie Hicks had one message following his team's blowout loss in the state playoffs on Friday. That was not the Livingston Manor team he had coached all season. Playing top-ranked Bridgehampton in a Class D quarterfinal, the Wildcats could ...Read more
Ledyard, Waterford lose heart-breakers in state quarterstheday.com, March 13th
Fifth-ranked Hillhouse High School advanced to the semifinals of the CIAC Class LL boys' basketball tournament Friday night with a 60-59 overtime victory over No. 4 Ledyard in a quarterfinal game before a capacity crowd at Standish Gymnasium...Read more
Hawks Battle Hard, Lose in State QuartersNorthland's NewsCenter, March 11th
Minneapolis, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Thomas Madison saw his three-point shot hit the rim as time expired and the Hermantown boys' basketball team lost 59-56 to No. 2-seeded St. Paul Johnson in the MSHSL Class AAA quarterfinals at Williams Arena...Read more
Blackman boys defeats Maryville in state quartersMurfreesboro Post, March 11th
The Blackman boys' basketball opened up its defense of the Class AAA state championship this afternoon with a commanding 65-45 win over Maryville inside the Murphy Center on the MTSU Campus during the quarterfinals of the 2015 TSSAA BlueCross ...Read more
Rattlers lose 2OT heartbreaker in state quartersRawlinstimes, March 5th
CASPER — Kaycee's Hayden Fauber had been mostly quiet during the early stages of Thursday afternoon's Class 1A boys' quarterfinal against Little Snake River Valley's Rattlers. That didn't last long. Fauber scored 10 of his 15 points in two overtimes...Read more
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