History of the State Quarters and National Park Quarters (continued)
The 50 state quarters were released by the US Mint every ten weeks, or five each year. They were released in the same order that the states ratified the Constitution. 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. By the end of 2008, all of the original 50 states quarters had been minted and released.
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. 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.
National Park Quarters will be issued depicting designs of national parks and sites in the order of which that park or site was deemed a national site. The quarters from three different states will depict parks or sites that were previously portrayed on the state quarters (Grand Canyon in Arizona, Yosemite in California, and Mount Rushmore in South Dakota). Though they will depict the same sites, they bear new designs.
What are my State Quarters worth? (courtesy of about.com)
Despite each coin in the State Quarters series being minted in the hundreds of millions of coins, the venerable Statehood Quarters program is one of the most widely collected coin series in history. read more »
Current News on State and National Park Quarters (courtesy of coinweek.com)
Shenandoah National Park Quarter Goes on Sale
The United States Mint is now offering business strike Shenandoah National Park quarters from the Philadelphia, Denver, and San Francisco mints. The new Shenandoah issue follows the release of the Great Smokey Mountains National Park quarter... read more »
The CCAC's Gary Marks calls for "Coin Designs that Reflect Our Time"
Gary Marks, Chairman of the Citizens Coinage Advisory Commission, recently discussed the committee’s approach to balancing modern and classic coin designs, and related issues.. read more »
US Mint Launches 2013 Coin Program and Increased Focus on Customer Relations
Customers of the U.S. Mint have frequently complained that they do not have enough notice about upcoming U.S. Mint products. This year, in particular, there were several months when virtually no information.. read more »
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