|Value||0.25 U.S. Dollar|
|Mass||6.25(Ag); 5.67 (Cu-Ni) g|
|Diameter||24.26 mm (0.955 in)|
|Thickness||1.75 mm (0.069 in)|
|Composition||91.67% Cu 8.33% Ni (standard)|
90% Ag 10% Cu (proof only)
|Years of minting||1999–2008|
|Designer||John Flanagan (1932 version) from a 1786 bust by Houdon / William Cousins (modification to Flanagan's design)|
|Design||various; five designs per year|
The 50 State Quarters Program (Pub.L. 105–124 , 111 Stat. 2534 , enacted December 1, 1997) was the release of a series of circulating commemorative coins by the United States Mint. From 1999 through 2008, it featured unique designs for each of the 50 U.S. states on the reverse of the quarter.
An Act of Congress is a statute enacted by the United States Congress. It can either be a Public Law, relating to the general public, or a Private Law, relating to specific institutions or individuals.
The United States Statutes at Large, commonly referred to as the Statutes at Large and abbreviated Stat., are an official record of Acts of Congress and concurrent resolutions passed by the United States Congress. Each act and resolution of Congress is originally published as a slip law, which is classified as either public law or private law (Pvt.L.), and designated and numbered accordingly. At the end of a Congressional session, the statutes enacted during that session are compiled into bound books, known as "session law" publications. The session law publication for U.S. Federal statutes is called the United States Statutes at Large. In that publication, the public laws and private laws are numbered and organized in chronological order. U.S. Federal statutes are published in a three-part process, consisting of slip laws, session laws, and codification.
The United States has minted numerous commemorative coins in remembrance of particular persons, places, events, and institutions. These coins are legal tender but are not intended for general circulation.
The 50 State Quarters Program was started to support a new generation of coin collectors,and it became the most successful numismatic program in history, with roughly half of the U.S. population collecting the coins, either in a casual manner or as a serious pursuit. The U.S. federal government so far has made additional profits of $3.0 billion from collectors taking the coins out of circulation.
Numismatics is the study or collection of currency, including coins, tokens, paper money and related objects. While numismatists are often characterised as students or collectors of coins, the discipline also includes the broader study of money and other payment media used to resolve debts and the exchange of goods. Early money used by people is referred to as "Odd and Curious", but the use of other goods in barter exchange is excluded, even where used as a circulating currency. The Kyrgyz people used horses as the principal currency unit and gave small change in lambskins; the lambskins may be suitable for numismatic study, but the horses are not. Many objects have been used for centuries, such as cowry shells, precious metals, cocoa beans, large stones and gems.
Seigniorage, also spelled seignorage or seigneurage, is the difference between the value of money and the cost to produce and distribute it. The term can be applied in two ways:
In 2009, the U.S. Mint began issuing quarters under the 2009 District of Columbia and U.S. Territories Program. The Territories Quarter Program was authorized by the passage of a newer legislative act, H.R. 2764. This program features the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the United States Virgin Islands, and the Northern Mariana Islands.
The District of Columbia and United States Territories Quarter Program was a one-year coin program of the United States Mint that saw quarters being minted in 2009 to honor the District of Columbia and the unincorporated United States insular areas of Puerto Rico, Guam, United States Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and the Northern Mariana Islands. The islands commonly grouped together as the United States Minor Outlying Islands were not featured, as the law defined the word "territory" as being limited to the areas mentioned above. It followed the completion of the 50 State Quarters program. The coins used the same George Washington obverse as with the quarters of the previous ten years. The reverse of the quarters featured a design selected by the Mint depicting of the federal district and each territory. Unlike on the 50 State quarters, the motto "E Pluribus Unum" preceded and was the same size as the mint date on the reverse.
Puerto Rico, officially the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and briefly called Porto Rico, is an unincorporated territory of the United States located in the northeast Caribbean Sea, approximately 1,000 miles (1,600 km) southeast of Miami, Florida.
American Samoa is an unincorporated territory of the United States located in the South Pacific Ocean, southeast of Samoa. Its location is centered around 14.2710° S, 170.1322° W. It is on the eastern border of the International Date Line, while independent Samoa is west of it.
The program's origins lie with the Citizens Commemorative Coin Advisory Committee (CCCAC), which was appointed by Secretary of Treasury Lloyd Bentsen in December 1993 and chaired by Mint Director Philip N. Diehl. From the first days of the CCCAC, one of its members, David Ganz, urged the committee to endorse the 50 States Quarters program, and in 1995, the CCCAC did so. The committee then sought the support of Representative Michael Castle (R-Delaware), chairman of the House Banking subcommittee with jurisdiction over the nation's coinage. Castle's initial caution was resolved when Diehl suggested the coins be issued in the order the states entered the Union or ratified the Constitution. Delaware, Castle's home state, was the first state to ratify the Constitution. Castle subsequently held hearings and filed legislation to authorize the program.
Lloyd Millard Bentsen Jr. was an American politician who was a four-term United States Senator (1971–1993) from Texas and the Democratic Party nominee for vice president in 1988 on the Michael Dukakis ticket. He also served as the 69th United States Secretary of the Treasury under President Bill Clinton.
Philip Noel Diehl is the 35th Director of the United States Mint. He is currently president of U.S. Money Reserve, a published analyst of gold markets, chairman of the board of the Standish Foundation for Children, and a member of the boards of the Industry Council for Tangible Assets, the Coalition for Equitable Regulation and Taxation, and the Gold and Silver Political Action Committee.
Despite the support of the director of the mint and the treasury secretary-appointed CCCAC, the Treasury Department opposed the 50 States Quarters program, as commemorative coinage had come to be identified with abuses and excesses.The mint's economic models estimated the program would earn the government between $2.6 billion and $5.1 billion in additional seignorage and $110 million in additional numismatic profits. Diehl and Castle used these profit projections to urge the Treasury's support, but Treasury officials found the projections to lack credibility (at the program's conclusion, the Mint estimated the program had earned $3.0 billion in additional seigniorage and $136.2 million in additional numismatic profits).
Diehl worked with Castle behind the scenes to move legislation forward despite the Treasury's opposition to the program.However, the Treasury suggested to Castle that the department should conduct a study to determine the feasibility of the program. With Diehl's advice, Castle accepted the Treasury's offer, and the agreement was codified in the United States Commemorative Coin Act of 1996. The act also authorized the secretary to proceed with the 50 States Quarters program without further congressional action if the results of the feasibility study were favorable.
The United States Commemorative Coin Act of 1996 is a United States federal law which established a commemorative coin program within the United States Mint in 1996. In addition, the law specifically authorized commemorative coins to observe the 150th anniversary of the death of Dolley Madison, to honor George Washington, the 125th anniversary of the establishment Yellowstone National Park, and the 50th anniversary of Jackie Robinson's racial desegregation of Major League Baseball. It also established commemorative coin fundraising programs for the Black Revolutionary War Patriots Memorial, Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, and National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.
The Treasury Department engaged the consulting firm Coopers and Lybrand to conduct the study in 1997, which confirmed the Mint's demand, seigniorage and numismatic profit projections for the program.Among other conclusions, the study found that 98 million Americans were likely to save one or more full sets of the quarters (at the program's conclusion, the Mint estimated that 147 million Americans collected the 50 state quarters). Nevertheless, the Treasury Department continued to oppose the program and declined to proceed with it without a congressional mandate to do so.
In 1997, Congress issued that mandate in the form of S. 1228, the "United States Commemorative Coin Program Act", which was signed into law by President Bill Clinton on December 1, 1997.
The 50 state quarters were released by the United States Mint every ten weeks, or five each year. They were released in the same order that the states ratified the Constitution and/or were admitted to the Union. Each quarter's reverse commemorated one of the 50 states with a design emblematic of its unique history, traditions and symbols. Certain design elements, such as state flags, images of living persons, and head-and-shoulder images of deceased persons were prohibited.
The authorizing legislation and Mint procedures gave states a substantial role and considerable discretion in determining the design that would represent their state. The majority of states followed a process by which the governor solicited the state's citizens to submit design concepts and appointed an advisory group to oversee the process. Governors submitted three to five finalist design concepts to the secretary of treasury for approval. Approved designs were returned to the states for selection of a final design.
States usually employed one of two approaches in making this selection. In 33 states, the governor selected the final recommended design, often based on the recommendations of advisory groups and citizens. In the other 17 states, citizens selected the final design through online, telephone, mail or other public votes. US Mint engravers applied all final design concepts approved by the secretary of treasury. The media and public attention surrounding this process and the release of each state's quarter was intense and produced significant publicity for the program.
The State Quarters Program was the most popular commemorative coin program in United States history; the United States Mint has estimated that 147 million Americans have collected state quarters and 3.5 million participated in the selection of state quarter designs.
By the end of 2008, all of the original 50 states quarters had been minted and released. The official total, according to the US Mint, was 34,797,600,000 coins. The average mintage was 695,952,000 coins per state, but ranged between Virginia's 1,594,616,000 to Oklahoma's 416,600,000. Demand was stronger for quarters issued early in the program. This was due to weakening economic conditions in later years and the waning of the initial surge of demand when the program was launched. Another factor was the reassertion of the Treasury Department's opposition to the program. When the director's term ended in 2000, the Treasury proceeded to reduce and finally terminate the most effective elements of the Mint's promotional program despite the high return on investment they earned.[ citation needed ]
|1999||1||Delaware||January 1, 1999|
(December 7, 1787)
|774,824,000|| Caesar Rodney on horseback|
Captions: "The First State", "Caesar Rodney"
|2||Pennsylvania||March 8, 1999|
(December 12, 1787)
|707,332,000|| Commonwealth statue, state outline, keystone |
Caption: "Virtue, Liberty, Independence"
|3||New Jersey||May 17, 1999|
(December 18, 1787)
|662,228,000|| Washington Crossing the Delaware , which includes George Washington (standing) and James Monroe (holding the flag)|
Caption: "Crossroads of the Revolution"
|4||Georgia||July 19, 1999|
(January 2, 1788)
|939,932,000|| Peach, live oak (state tree) sprigs, state outline|
Banner with text: "Wisdom, Justice, Moderation" (the state motto)
|T. James Ferrell|
|5||Connecticut||October 12, 1999|
(January 9, 1788)
|1,346,624,000|| Charter Oak |
Caption: "The Charter Oak"
|T. James Ferrell|
|2000||6||Massachusetts||January 3, 2000|
(February 6, 1788)
|1,163,784,000||The Minuteman statue, state outline|
Caption: "The Bay State"
|Thomas D. Rodgers|
|7||Maryland||March 13, 2000|
(April 28, 1788)
|1,234,732,000||Dome of the Maryland State House, white oak (state tree) clusters|
Caption: "The Old Line State"
|Thomas D. Rodgers|
|8||South Carolina||May 22, 2000|
(May 23, 1788)
|1,308,784,000|| Carolina wren (state bird), yellow jessamine (state flower), cabbage palmetto (state tree), state outline|
Caption: "The Palmetto State"
|Thomas D. Rodgers|
|9||New Hampshire||August 7, 2000|
(June 21, 1788)
|1,169,016,000|| Old Man of the Mountain, nine stars |
Captions: "Old Man of the Mountain", "Live Free or Die"
|10||Virginia||October 16, 2000|
(June 25, 1788)
|1,594,616,000||Ships Susan Constant , Godspeed , Discovery |
Captions: "Jamestown, 1607–2007", "Quadricentennial"
|Edgar Z. Steever|
|2001||11||New York||January 2, 2001|
(July 26, 1788)
|1,275,040,000|| Statue of Liberty, 11 stars, state outline with line tracing Hudson River and Erie Canal |
Caption: "Gateway to Freedom"
|12||North Carolina||March 12, 2001|
(November 21, 1789)
|1,055,476,000|| Wright Flyer, John T. Daniels's iconic photo of the Wright brothers |
Caption: "First Flight"
|13||Rhode Island||May 21, 2001|
(May 29, 1790)
|870,100,000|| America's Cup yacht Reliance on Narragansett Bay, Claiborne Pell Newport Bridge |
Caption: "The Ocean State"
|Thomas D. Rodgers|
|14||Vermont||August 6, 2001|
(March 4, 1791)
|882,804,000|| Maple trees with sap buckets, Camel's Hump Mountain|
Caption: "Freedom and Unity"
|T. James Ferrell|
|15||Kentucky||October 15, 2001|
(June 1, 1792)
|723,564,000|| Thoroughbred racehorse behind fence, Bardstown mansion, Federal Hill |
Caption: "My Old Kentucky Home"
|T. James Ferrell|
|2002||16||Tennessee||January 1, 2002|
(June 1, 1796)
|648,068,000|| Fiddle, trumpet, guitar, musical score, three stars |
Banner with text: "Musical Heritage"
|17||Ohio||March 11, 2002|
(March 1, 1803)
|632,032,000|| Wright Flyer (built by the Wright Brothers who were from Dayton); astronaut (Neil Armstrong, a native of Wapakoneta); state outline|
Caption: "Birthplace of Aviation Pioneers"
|18||Louisiana||May 20, 2002|
(April 30, 1812)
|764,204,000|| Brown pelican (state bird); trumpet with musical notes, outline of Louisiana Purchase on map of U.S.|
Caption: "Louisiana Purchase"
|19||Indiana||August 2, 2002|
(December 11, 1816)
|689,800,000|| IndyCar, state outline, 19 stars|
Caption: "Crossroads of America"
|20||Mississippi||October 15, 2002|
(December 10, 1817)
|579,600,000||Two magnolia blossoms (state flower)|
Caption: "The Magnolia State"
|2003||21||Illinois||January 2, 2003|
(December 3, 1818)
|463,200,000||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"
|22||Alabama||March 17, 2003|
(December 14, 1819)
|457,400,000|| Helen Keller, seated, longleaf pine (state tree) branch, magnolia blossoms|
Banner with text: "Spirit of Courage"
Caption: "Helen Keller" in standard print and Braille
|Norman E. Nemeth|
|23||Maine||June 2, 2003|
(March 15, 1820)
|448,800,000||Pemaquid Point Lighthouse; the schooner Victory Chimes at sea||Donna Weaver|
|24||Missouri||August 4, 2003|
(August 10, 1821)
|453,200,000|| Gateway Arch, Lewis and Clark and York returning down Missouri River |
Caption: "Corps of Discovery 1804–2004"
|25||Arkansas||October 20, 2003|
(June 15, 1836)
|457,800,000||Diamond (state gem), rice stalks, mallard flying above a lake||John Mercanti|
|2004||26||Michigan||January 26, 2004|
(January 26, 1837)
|459,600,000||State outline, outline of Great Lakes system|
Caption: "Great Lakes State"
|27||Florida||March 29, 2004|
(March 3, 1845)
|481,800,000||Spanish galleon, Sabal palmetto (state tree), Space Shuttle |
Caption: "Gateway to Discovery"
|T. James Ferrell|
|28||Texas||June 1, 2004|
(December 29, 1845)
|541,800,000||State outline, star, lariat |
Caption: "The Lone Star State"
|Norman E. Nemeth|
|29||Iowa||August 30, 2004|
(December 28, 1846)
|465,200,000||Schoolhouse, teacher and students planting a tree; based on the Grant Wood painting Arbor Day |
Captions: "Foundation in Education", "Grant Wood"
|30||Wisconsin||October 25, 2004|
(May 29, 1848)
|453,200,000||Head of a cow, round of cheese and ear of corn (state grain).|
Banner with text: "Forward"
|2005||31||California||January 31, 2005|
(September 9, 1850)
|520,400,000|| John Muir, California condor, Half Dome |
Captions: "John Muir," "Yosemite Valley"
|32||Minnesota||April 4, 2005|
(May 11, 1858)
|488,000,000|| Common loon (state bird), fishing, state map|
Caption: "Land of 10,000 Lakes"
|Charles L. Vickers|
|33||Oregon||June 6, 2005|
(February 14, 1859)
|720,200,000|| Crater Lake National Park |
Caption: "Crater Lake"
|34||Kansas||August 29, 2005|
(January 29, 1861)
|563,400,000||American bison (state mammal), sunflowers (state flower)||Norman E. Nemeth|
|35||West Virginia||October 14, 2005|
(June 20, 1863)
|721,600,000|| New River Gorge Bridge |
Caption: "New River Gorge"
|2006||36||Nevada||January 31, 2006|
(October 31, 1864)
|589,800,000|| Mustangs, mountains, rising sun, sagebrush (state flower) |
Banner with text: "The Silver State"
|37||Nebraska||April 3, 2006|
(March 1, 1867)
|594,400,000|| Chimney Rock National Historic Site, Conestoga wagon |
Caption: "Chimney Rock"
|Charles L. Vickers|
|38||Colorado||June 14, 2006|
(August 1, 1876)
|569,000,000|| Longs Peak |
Banner with text: "Colorful Colorado"
|Norman E. Nemeth|
|39||North Dakota||August 28, 2006|
(November 2, 1889)
|664,800,000||American bison, badlands||Donna Weaver|
|40||South Dakota||November 6, 2006|
(November 2, 1889)
|510,800,000||Mount Rushmore, ring-necked pheasant (state bird), wheat (state grass)||John Mercanti|
|2007||41||Montana||January 29, 2007|
(November 8, 1889)
|513,240,000|| American bison skull in the center with mountains and the Missouri River in the background.|
Caption: "Big Sky Country"
|42||Washington||April 2, 2007|
(November 11, 1889)
|545,200,000|| Salmon leaping in front of Mount Rainier |
Caption: "The Evergreen State"
|Charles L. Vickers|
|43||Idaho||June 4, 2007 |
(July 3, 1890)
|581,400,000|| Peregrine falcon, state outline with star indicating location of state capital Boise, Idaho |
Caption: "Esto Perpetua"
|44||Wyoming||September 3, 2007|
(July 10, 1890)
|564,400,000|| Bucking Horse and Rider |
Caption: "The Equality State"
|Norman E. Nemeth|
|45||Utah||November 5, 2007|
(January 4, 1896)
|508,200,000|| Golden spike, Locomotives Jupiter , No. 119 , and the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad |
Caption: "Crossroads of the West"
|Joseph F. Menna|
|2008||46||Oklahoma||January 28, 2008|
(November 16, 1907)
|416,600,000||Scissor-tailed flycatcher (state bird), with Indian blankets (state wildflower) in background||Phebe Hemphill|
|47||New Mexico||April 7, 2008|
(January 6, 1912)
|488,600,000||State outline with relief, Zia Sun Symbol from flag |
Caption: "Land of Enchantment"
|48||Arizona||June 2, 2008|
(February 14, 1912)
|509,600,000|| Grand Canyon, saguaro closeup.|
Banner with text: "Grand Canyon State"
|Joseph F. Menna|
|49||Alaska||August 25, 2008|
(January 3, 1959)
|505,800,000|| Grizzly bear with salmon (state fish) and North Star |
Caption: "The Great Land"
|Charles L. Vickers|
|50||Hawaii||November 3, 2008|
(August 21, 1959)
|517,600,000|| Statue of Kamehameha I with state outline and motto|
Caption: "Ua Mau ke Ea o ka ʻĀina i ka Pono"
|Color||Year||1st release||2nd release||3rd release||4th release||5th release||6th release|
|2000||Massachusetts||Maryland||South Carolina||New Hampshire||Virginia|
|2001||New York||North Carolina||Rhode Island||Vermont||Kentucky|
|2006||Nevada||Nebraska||Colorado||North Dakota||South Dakota|
|2009||District of Columbia||Puerto Rico||Guam||American Samoa||U.S. Virgin Islands||Northern Mariana Islands|
In 1997, Congress passed the 50 States Commemorative Coin Program Act, which instructed the creation of the state quarters series to "honor the unique Federal Republic of 50 States that comprise the United States; and to promote the diffusion of knowledge among the youth of the United States about the individual states, their history and geography, and the rich diversity of the national heritage...", and to encourage "young people and their families to collect memorable tokens of all of the States for the face value of the coins."
While mintage totals of the various designs vary widely—Virginia quarters are almost 20 times as abundant as the Northern Marianas quarters—none of the regular circulating issues are rare enough to become a valuable investment.
There was, however, a measure of collector interest and controversy over die errors in the Wisconsin quarter. Some designs from the Denver mint feature corn without a smaller leaf, others feature a small leaf pointing upwards, and still others have the leaf bending down. [ citation needed ]A set of all three quarters sold on eBay in February 2005 for $300 and initially saw significant increases, such as $1500 for individual coins, but as of August 2012 PCGS lists the value of MS-62 specimens as approximately $150 each.
Another die cast error ran with the first Delaware quarters. Being the first model of state quarter made, the mint gave it a disproportionate weight causing vending machines to not accept it. The quarter die was quickly fixed. Some Delaware quarters appeared without the last E, now saying, "THE FIRST STAT".
A major error occurred in 2000 when the reverse die of a Sacagawea dollar was combined with the obverse die of a state quarter on dollar-coin planchets to form what is known as a "mule". Only sixteen of these specimens, produced on dollar planchets, escaped from the mint.
A 2005 Minnesota double die quarter, as well as a 2005 Minnesota quarter with extra trees (another die error), have both triggered numismatic interest. An unusual die break on some 2005 Kansas quarters created a humpback bison.Relatively more common are Kansas quarters bearing the motto "IN GOD WE RUST."
The United States produces proof coinage in circulating base metal and, since 1992, in separately sold sets with the dimes, quarters, and half-dollars in silver. For the silver issues, the 1999 set is the most valuable, being the first year of the series and with a relatively small mintage, although prices have significantly decreased since the 50 State Quarters Program ended. The set in base metal, of this or any other year, is worth only a fraction as much. The silver proof sets of later years, while having some intrinsic and collector worth, are also priced far lower. The public is cautioned to research prices before buying advertised state quarter year or proof sets.
In general, the program increased interest in quarter and general coin collecting.Large numbers of ads, quarter products and quarter information were available during the years the program ran. Home Shopping Network, Franklin Mint, and Littleton Coin Company were among the most prominent in ad space.
Since the 50 State Quarters Program was expected to increase public demand for quarters which would be collected and taken out of circulation, the Mint used economic models to estimate the additional seigniorage the program would produce. These estimates established a range of $2.6 billion to $5.1 billion. (At the end of the program, the Mint estimated the actual increase in seigniorage to be $3 billion.) The Mint also estimated the program would earn $110 million in additional numismatic profits. (The final, post-program estimate was $136.2 million.) The Mint used these estimates to support the proposed program, and the legislation enacting the 50 States Quarters program cited these estimates.
The quarter, short for quarter dollar, is a United States coin worth 25 cents, one-fourth of a dollar. It has a diameter of .955 inch (24.26 mm) and a thickness of .069 inch (1.75 mm). The coin sports the profile of George Washington on its obverse, and its reverse design has changed frequently. It has been produced on and off since 1796 and consistently since 1831.
The United States Mint is a unit of the Department of Treasury responsible for producing coinage for the United States to conduct its trade and commerce, as well as controlling the movement of bullion. It does not produce paper money; that responsibility belongs to the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. The Mint was created in Philadelphia in 1792, and soon joined by other centers, whose coins were identified by their own mint marks. There are currently four active coin-producing mints: Philadelphia, Denver, San Francisco, and West Point.
The dollar coin is a United States coin worth one United States dollar. It is the second largest U.S. coin currently minted for circulation in terms of physical size, with a diameter of 1.043 inches (26.5 mm) and a thickness of .079 inches (2 mm), coming second to the half dollar. Dollar coins have been minted in the United States in gold, silver, and base metal versions. Dollar coins were first minted in the United States in 1794. The term silver dollar is often used for any large white metal coin issued by the United States with a face value of one dollar, whether or not it contains some of that metal. While true gold dollars are no longer minted, the Sacagawea and Presidential dollars are sometimes referred to as golden dollars due to their color.
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The Sacagawea dollar is a United States dollar coin first minted in 2000, although not released for general circulation from 2002 to 2008 and again from 2012 onward due to its general unpopularity with the public and low business demand for the coin. These coins have a copper core clad by manganese brass, giving them a distinctive golden color. The coin features an obverse by Glenna Goodacre. From 2000 to 2008, the reverse featured an eagle design by Thomas D. Rogers. Since 2009, the reverse of the Sacagawea dollar has been changed yearly, with each design in the series depicting a different aspect of Native American cultures.
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The Standing Liberty quarter is a 25-cent coin that was struck by the United States Mint from 1916 to 1930. It succeeded the Barber quarter, which had been minted since 1892. Featuring the goddess of Liberty on one side and an eagle in flight on the other, the coin was designed by sculptor Hermon Atkins MacNeil.
The Isabella quarter or Columbian Exposition quarter was a United States commemorative coin struck in 1893. Congress authorized the piece at the request of the Board of Lady Managers of the World's Columbian Exposition. The quarter depicts the Spanish queen Isabella I of Castile, who sponsored Columbus's voyages to the New World. It was designed by Bureau of the Mint Chief Engraver Charles E. Barber, and is the only U.S. commemorative of that denomination that was not intended for circulation.
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The United States Sesquicentennial coin issue consisted of a commemorative half dollar and quarter eagle struck in 1926 at the Philadelphia Mint for the 150th anniversary of American independence. The obverse of the half dollar features portraits of the first president, George Washington, and the president in 1926, Calvin Coolidge, making it the only American coin to depict a president in his lifetime.
The five Panama–Pacific commemorative coins were produced in connection with the 1915 Panama–Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco. Struck at that city's mint, the issue included round and octagonal $50 pieces. Excepting modern bullion coins, these two gold pieces are the highest denomination ever issued and the largest coins ever struck by the United States Mint. The octagonal $50 piece is the only U.S. coin to be issued that is not round.
The George Washington Carver-Booker T. Washington Half Dollar was designed by Isaac Scott Hathaway. The obverse depicts side-portraits of George Washington Carver and Booker T. Washington and the reverse shows a simple outline map of the United States of America superimposed with the letters "U.S.A.", and the words "Freedom and Opportunity for All/Americanism" around the rim. It was minted in silver from 1951 until 1954, by authority of Public Law 82-151. It was the final issue of early commemoratives.
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