When the 50 States Quarter program was launched in 1999, it became an instant hit with the people of America. The thought process behind the program was to inspire a new generation of coin enthusiasts, and the United States Mint nailed it with the 50 State Quarter pieces. These coins were so popular; the response from both the general public and the numismatic community was unlike anything the nation had ever experienced before.
By being Washington Quarters, George Washington remains on the obverse side of all the coins. As mint engraver, William Cousins updated John Flanagan’s original Washington design, both their initials WC and JF can be seen on the obverse. Unlike the original, IN GOD WE TRUST is located to the right of George Washington’s head and LIBERTY has been added to the left. The only other real difference is that QUARTER DOLLAR is displayed under the bust, rather than the mintage year. When it comes to the reverse, each state is celebrated with a unique design.
The series includes 50 commemorative quarters representing each of the American states, and the coins were released in the same order that the states ratified the Constitution or were admitted to the Union. Each 50 State Quarter was produced for around ten weeks, and the United States Mint has said it will not strike the coins ever again. Five different designs were issued every year from 1999 to 2008.
Considered the most successful coin campaign in history, the copper-nickel clad 50 State Quarters were struck at the mints in Philadelphia (P) and Denver (D). Proofs were coined in both 90% silver and the standard copper-nickel clad composition at the San Francisco Mint (S). While each state created its own reverse design, the United States Mint, the Commission of Fine Arts and the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee had to approve them. They were also allowed to make practical changes to the designs if they wished.
Listed below are the 50 State Quarters in order of issue and under the year they were released:
The citizens of each state waited with anticipation for the release of their unique commemorative coin. Authorized under the 50 States Commemorative Coin Program Act (Public Law 105-124) and signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1997, the coins helped the youth of America to learn about the diversity of the individual states.
Following the final year of the 50 States Quarters program, six additional commemorative quarters were issued in 2009. The series is known as the District of Columbia and United States Territories Program and features the following six quarters:
These particular coins represent the six American jurisdictions that are not considered states.
While there aren’t many rarities in the series, a number of 50 State Quarter errors have appeared over the years. These error coins are extremely sought after, some of which are rarer than others. The 2004-D Wisconsin Quarter with error demands the highest premium, and there are two different error varieties to look out for. Both of the Denver Mint Wisconsin error coins show an extra leaf on the corn plant. One coin shows the leaf pointing down (Low Leaf), and the other displays the leaf pointing up (High Leaf), with the “High Leaf” being the scarcer of the two error coin varieties.
Whether you want to complete your 50 State Quarter collection or purchase the rare error issues, Capital Gold Group can help you get your hands on them all. We source and stock a fabulous selection of the 50 States Quarters, from bags and rolls to single coins. Proof sets minted from 1999 to 2008 are available too, along with the six Commemorative Quarters from the United States Mint extension program.
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