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The State Quarter series is the most popular coin collecting program in history. Launched in 1999 with great fanfare, the State Quarter series was an initiative to honor each state in the order they ratified the Constitution or were admitted to the Union. Five state quarters were released each year, with each coin minted for only 10 weeks, never to be produced again. Add State Quarters to your collection!

State Quarters Legislation and Launch

The series was introduced by the 50 States Commemorative Coins Programs Act, signed into law by President Bill Clinton on December 1, 1997. This act is one of the most significant pieces of legislation affecting circulating coins since the Coinage Act of 1965. More details about the act can be found at our Coin Value Learning Center.

Celebrating America's Heritage and Diversity

The design goal of the statehood quarters series was to raise awareness of U.S. history and geography. To accommodate state designs on the reverse side, the words "United States of America," "Quarter Dollar," "Liberty," and "In God We Trust" appear on the obverse side along with the profile of George Washington. Each state's theme was proposed and approved by the state's governor, with final designs created by U.S. Mint designers.

Issuing Mints

Circulating statehood quarters in cupro-nickel clad were struck at the Philadelphia and Denver Mints. Proof coins struck in 90% silver were issued by the prestigious San Francisco Mint. A complete list of all the statehood quarters and their designs can be found here.

Special Issues

In 2009, the U.S. Mint expanded the statehood quarters program to include circulating coins for the District of Columbia and five U.S. Territories. These quarters celebrate Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, each featuring unique designs that reflect their geography, historic sites, and customs. For instance, the D.C. quarter honors Duke Ellington, the renowned composer and musician.

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State Quarters FAQ

State Quarters are commemorative coins released by the United States Mint from 1999 to 2008 as part of the 50 State Quarters Program. Each coin features a unique design representing one of the 50 U.S. states, issued in the order the states ratified the Constitution or were admitted to the Union.

There are 50 State Quarters, one for each U.S. state. Additionally, there are six more quarters issued in 2009 for the District of Columbia and five U.S. territories: Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Northern Mariana Islands.

The State Quarters were released from 1999 to 2008. Each year, five different state quarters were issued.

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The value of State Quarters depends on their condition, rarity, and whether they are part of a complete set. 

Yes, some State Quarters are considered rare due to errors or low mintage numbers. Examples include the 2004-D Wisconsin quarter with an extra leaf on the corn stalk ("extra leaf" error) and the 1999 Delaware quarter with a spitting horse error.

The most valuable State Quarters are typically error coins or high-grade examples. The 2004-D Wisconsin "Extra Leaf" quarters (High Leaf and Low Leaf varieties) are among the most valuable, sometimes selling for hundreds of dollars.

Proof State Quarters are special coins struck with a higher quality minting process, resulting in a mirror-like finish. They are made primarily for collectors and are often struck in 90% silver. Proof quarters were produced by the San Francisco Mint.

The designs for the State Quarters were proposed by each state's governor and reviewed by the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee and the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts. Final designs were approved by the Secretary of the Treasury and created by U.S. Mint designers.