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Collecting United States Coins.

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The 50 State Quarter Program "1999 to 2008"

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Years 1999 & 2000

A Photographic Journey



The Delaware quarter dollar depicts Caesar Rodney astride a galloping horse. Rodney was a delegate to the Continental Congress in 1776 and voted for independence after riding 80 miles on horseback to cast his vote in time. The native of Dover held more public offices than any other Delaware citizen before or since. He was a soldier, judge, speaker of Delaware's Assembly and held other local offices.

Gov. Tom Ridge selected a design that features Commonwealth, an allegorical female figure that is the subject of the statue that has sat atop the Pennsylvania Capitol dome in Harrisburg since May 25, 1905. The 14-foot-6 inch bronze and gilded statue, facing west, balances on a gilt ball about 250 feet above street level. Her right arm extends in mercy. Her left arm grasps a ribboned mace to symbolize justice. Also included in the design are the state motto, "LIBERTY, INDEPENDENCE, VIRTUE" and an outline of the state and a keystone.

Gov. Christine Todd Whitman selected a design showing the famous Emmanuel Leutze painting "Washington Crossing the Delaware" as the foundation. Gen. George Washington stands in the bow of a troop-laden ship as it crosses the Delaware River. At the base is the inscription CROSSROADS OF THE REVOLUTION, a moniker the state used during the nation's Bicentennial celebration in 1976. More than 200 battles were fought within the borders of New Jersey during the Revolutionary War.

Gov. Zell Miller’s selection features a state outline enclosing a peach, with a banner of the state motto "WISDOM, JUSTICE, MODERATION" and a border of live oak sprigs. Georgia is known as the "Peach State." Miller asked the state's Council for the Arts to recommend designs. Five designs were sent to Washington to be reviewed by the Citizens Commemorative Coin Advisory Committee, the Commission of Fine Arts and Treasury offices in May 1998, and Miller selected the winning design based on their recommendations. It was one of several designs with similar themes of the peach and state outline.

Gov. John Rowland selected a design featuring the state tree, the Charter Oak, framed by the inscription THE CHARTER OAK and a stone wall. The Charter Oak is renowned as the hiding place of the Connecticut colony's royal charter in 1687 when a representative of King James II was sent to revoke the charter. According to tradition, representatives of the colony discussing the attempt extinguished candles in the discussion room, removed the charter and hid it in a large oak tree. The tree later came to be known as the Charter Oak. This coin follows in the tradition of the 1935 Connecticut Tercentenary half dollar, which also depicts the Charter Oak.

The Massachusetts state quarter has a design of the Minuteman statue standing in front of an outline of the state and an inscription of the state's nickname "THE BAY STATE." This was the first 2000-dated State quarter dollar and was released in early January.

Maryland is represented by a rendition of the statehouse dome in Annapolis. The Annapolis State House dome appears on the reverse design flanked by clusters from Maryland’s state tree, the white oak and splitting one of the state’s lesser-known nicknames, THE OLD LINE STATE. Maryland’s quarter dollar was the second of five State quarters issued in 2000. It entered circulation in the spring, about 10 weeks after the release of the Massachusetts coin.

South Carolina is represented by several symbols known throughout the state - the state tree (the palmetto), the state bird (the Carolina wren), and the state flower (the yellow jessamine). A star is also included in the design on the outline of the map to indicate the state capital. The South Carolina state quarter was released in the summer of 2000.

New Hampshire residents will quickly recognize the design used on their State quarter dollar - a mountain formation nicknamed "Old Man of the Mountain." The state’s motto, LIVE FREE OR DIE, appears on the reverse design. The design also includes nine stars symbolizing New Hampshire as the ninth state to join the union. The New Hampshire quarter dollar was the fourth of five coins released in 2000 and entered circulation in late summer.

Virginia will celebrate 400 years in 2007 as America's first English settlement, Jamestown, Va. That settlement is represented on the reverse of Virginia’s commemorative quarter dollar, issued in 2000. The selected design for the Virginia quarter dollar features three 17th-century sailing ships and the inscription JAMESTOWN 1607-2007 QUADRICENTENNIAL. Virginia's quarter dollar is the 10th of the eventual 50 circulating commemorative quarter dollars that will be released through 2008. It was the fifth of five coins issued in 2000.


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