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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Michigan's quarter unveiled on state's 167th birthdayDetroit Free Press, January 24th
Michigan's quarter was the 26th introduced as part of the State Quarters Program, which began in 1999 with Delaware. Five quarters were introduced every year, and the program ended in 2008, when the quarter representing the youngest state, Hawaii, was ...Read more
Artist carves coins, musical instrumentsSW News Media, January 22nd
In the past decade Bjerke has carved out each of the 50 state quarters that he collects inside a cardboard cut out that coin collectors use. But he admits he never wanted to collect coins. This artist just wants others to see the designs that represent...Read more
Florence's McQueen chosen to coach in all-star gameKilleen Daily Herald, January 17th
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NASA Begins Countdown to Pluto FlybyNewsweek, January 15th
Other items onboard New Horizons include state quarters from Maryland and Florida, where New Horizons was built and launched, respectively; a CD-ROM containing the names of more than 400,000 people who wanted to be part of the exploration and ...Read more
Germantown girls volleyball team dominates Merrill in state quartersGermantown Now, November 6th
Merrill girls volleyball coach Kris Krug said going into Thursday night's WIAA State D1 quarterfinal match with Germantown, that the main goal was to stop their "top outside hitter", most likely meaning Warhawk all-stater Carly Townsend. A sound plan...Read more
Long haul: Wave prevails in PKs, makes state quarters round vs. StaplesDarien Times, November 5th
GOOD STOCK — Wave captain Henrik Stockinger's been a stalwart at midfield. (Courtesy Darien Athletic Foundation). BOYS SOCCER. They've seen it all before. So this time, facing a PK shootout, the Wave saw them all off. Less than two weeks after Darien ...Read more
Comets strike first, advance to state quartersWilkes Barre Times-Leader, November 4th
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Prep soccer: Apollo looks to advance at state quartersSt. Cloud Times, October 21st
OSSEO – The St. Cloud Apollo boys soccer team has been to state before, entering the field in 2006 and 2007. One thing the Eagles haven't done is win a state tournament match. "It would be nice to improve that record," Apollo head coach Ganard Orionzi ...Read more