US State Quarters, Sets and Collections

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.

About our sources | Got something to add?

▼ Expand to read the full article ▼

Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)

Legendary Coins and Currency

Legendary Coins and Currency

This online exhibition from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History is a great way to get an overview… [read review or visit site]

Society of U.S. Pattern Collectors

Society of U.S. Pattern Collectors

Home to the Society of U.S. Pattern collectors, this well-organized site provides in-depth information on pattern c… [read review or visit site]



Clubs & Associations

Other Great Reference Sites

Most watched eBay auctions    

2002 S Silver Quarter Tennesse .25 Ngc Pf70 Ultra Cameo2002 S Silver Quarter Louisiana .25 Ngc Pf70 Ultra Cameo2002 S Silver Quarter Tennesse .25 Ngc Pf70 Ultra Cameo2002 S Silver Quarter Ohio .25 Ngc Pf70 Ultra Cameo2001 S Silver Quarter Vermont .25 Ngc P70 Ultra Cameo2001 S Silver Quarter Kentucky .25 Ngc P70 Ultra Cameo2006 S Silver State Quarters Set .25 Ngc P70 Ultra Cameo2004 S Silver Quarter Iowa .25 Ngc P70 Ultra Cameo2004 S Silver Quarter Florida .25 Ngc P70 Ultra Cameo2001 S Silver Quarter Kentucky .25 Ngc P70 Ultra Cameo2006 S Silver Quarter North Dakota .25 Ngc P70 Ultra Cameo2004 S Silver Quarter Florida .25 Ngc P69 Ultra Cameo2002 S Silver Quarter Tennesse .25 Ngc Pf69 Ultra Cameo2006 S Silver Quarter North Dakota .25 Ngc P70 Ultra Cameo2004 S Silver Quarter Iowa .25 Ngc P70 Ultra Cameo2001 S Silver Quarter Vermont .25 Ngc P70 Ultra Cameo2006 S Silver Quarter Nebraska .25 Ngc P70 Ultra Cameo2006 S Silver Quarter Nevada .25 Ngc P70 Ultra Cameo2004 S Silver Quarter Wisconsin .25 Ngc P70 Ultra Cameo2004 S Silver Quarter Wisconsin .25 Ngc P69 Ultra Cameo2003 S Silver Quarter Missouri .25 Ngc P69 Ultra Cameo2006 S Silver Quarter Nevada .25 Ngc P70 Ultra Cameo2001 S Silver Quarter New York .25 Ngc P69 Ultra Cameo2003 S Silver Quarter Illinois .25 Ngc P69 Ultra Cameo2003 S Silver Quarter Arkansas .25 Ngc P69 Ultra Cameo2003 S Silver Quarter Missouri .25 Ngc P69 Ultra Cameo2001 S Silver Quarter Rhode Island .25 Ngc P69 Ultra Cameo2004 S Silver Quarter Michigan .25 Ngc P69 Ultra Cameo2004 S Silver Quarter Iowa.25 Ngc P69 Ultra Cameo2004 S Silver Quarter Wisconsin .25 Ngc P70 Ultra Cameo2001 S Silver Quarter North Carolina .25 Ngc P69 Ultra Cameo2003 S Silver Quarter Illinois .25 Ngc P69 Ultra Cameo2002 S Silver Quarter Indiana .25 Ngc Pf69 Ultra Cameo2002 S Silver Quarter Tennesse .25 Ngc Pf69 Ultra Cameo2003 S Silver Quarter Maine.25 Ngc P69 Ultra Cameo2004 S Silver Quarter Iowa.25 Ngc P69 Ultra Cameo2004 S Silver Quarter Michigan .25 Ngc P69 Ultra Cameo2004 S Silver Quarter Wisconsin .25 Ngc P69 Ultra Cameo2002 S Silver Quarter Indiana .25 Ngc Pf69 Ultra Cameo2004 S Silver Quarter Florida .25 Ngc P69 Ultra Cameo2001 S Silver Quarter New York .25 Ngc P69 Ultra Cameo2001 S Silver Quarter Vermont .25 Ngc P70 Ultra Cameo2002 S Silver Quarter Indiana .25 Ngc Pf69 Ultra Cameo2003 S Silver Quarter Arkansas .25 Ngc P69 Ultra Cameo2001 S Silver Quarter North Carolina .25 Ngc P69 Ultra CameoWashington Statehood Quarters Complete Set, Silver Pcgs Pr69dcam 1999-2008 50-pc1932-s Washington Quarter Ngc Vf Cert Number 3470471-0311946 Washington Quarter Ngc Ms66 Cert Number 247804-005 Amazing Toning2004-d 25c Wisconsin State Quarter Pcgs Ms65 Extra Leaf Low #037863182003-s Silver Statehood Quarter 5 Coin Set - All Are Ngc Pf70 Ultra Cameo (25¢)50 States Quarter Set Complete De-hi Phila In Folder Nr Statehood Collection1981-s Pcgs Pr69 Dcam Type 2 Susan B. Anthony Dollar An4102 K1976-s Washington Quarter Ngc Ms68 Silver Cert Number 288562291952 Washington Quarter Pcgs Ms-66 Super Toning Cert Number 8139943271999 Us Mint Silver Proof State Quarter Coin Sets (2 Sets) (quarters Only) 2000 Us Mint Silver Proof State Quarter Coin Sets (2 Sets) (quarters Only) 4 Sealed Uncirculated Rolls Of State Quarters 2010-2013 Danbury Mint 12 Per Roll2-pcs. Virginia & Nevada 25¢’s Clipped Planchets2006-s Pcgs Pr70dcam Nebraska State Silver Quarter (zm14)2002 Bu The 50 State Quarters & Euro Coin Collection Mint