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            The 50 State Quarters Program Act

            Updated February 28, 2017 | Infoplease Staff

            The 50 State Quarters Program Act began in 1999 and ran through 2008, with five new quarters released every year. The quarters were released in the order that the states joined the union. Each quarter features a different state design on the back.

            State Date of statehood Issued Design
            Delaware Dec. 7, 1787 1999 Caesar Rodney's horseback ride
            Pennsylvania Dec. 12, 1787 1999 Commonwealth statue, keystone, and outline of state
            New Jersey Dec. 18, 1787 1999 Washington crossing the Delaware River
            Georgia Jan. 2, 1788 1999 Peach, Live Oak, and outline of state
            Connecticut Jan. 9, 1788 1999 The Charter Oak
            Massachusetts Feb. 6, 1788 2000 Minuteman statue and outline of state
            Maryland April 28, 1788 2000 Maryland Statehouse and White Oak
            South Carolina May 23, 1788 2000 Palmetto tree, Carolina wren, and Yellow Jessamine
            New Hampshire June 21, 1788 2000 Old Man of the Mountain rock formation
            Virginia June 25, 1788 2000 First three ships to Jamestown
            New York July 26, 1788 2001 Statue of Liberty, state outline, the words “Gateway to Freedom,” 11 stars
            North Carolina Nov. 21, 1789 2001 First flight at Kitty Hawk
            Rhode Island May 29, 1790 2001 A sailboat on the open sea, commemorating the “Ocean State”
            Vermont March 4, 1791 2001 Camel's Hump Mountain, maple trees with sap buckets
            Kentucky June 1, 1792 2001 Federal Hill, or “My Old Kentucky Home,” race horse behind a fence
            Tennessee June 1, 1796 2002 Fiddle, trumpet, guitar, and musical score
            Ohio March 1, 1803 2002 Early airplane, astronaut, and state outline
            Louisiana April 30, 1812 2002 Pelican, horn with musical notes, and outline of Louisiana Purchase
            Indiana Dec. 11, 1816 2002 Race car and state outline
            Mississippi Dec. 10, 1817 2002 Blossoms and leaves of two magnolias
            Illinois Dec. 3, 1818 2003 Abraham Lincoln and state outline
            Alabama Dec. 14, 1819 2003 Helen Keller, with name in English and Braille
            Maine March 15, 1820 2003 The Pemaquid Point Light House and a schooner
            Missouri Aug. 10, 1821 2003 Lewis and Clark travelling down the Missouri River
            Arkansas June 15, 1836 2003 Rice stalks, a diamond, and a mallard, representing the “Natural State”
            Michigan Jan. 26, 1837 2004 Outline of state and Great Lakes
            Florida March 3, 1845 2004 Galleon, space shuttle, strip of land with palm trees, “Gateway to Discovery”
            Texas Dec. 29, 1845 2004 State outline and star encircled by lariat, representing the “Lone Star State”
            Iowa Dec. 28, 1846 2004 One-room schoolhouse, based on a Grant Wood painting
            Wisconsin May 29, 1848 2004 Cow's head, cheese, corn, and “Forward” motto
            California Sept. 9, 1850 2005 John Muir, Yosemite Valley, and California condor
            Minnesota May 11, 1858 2005 People fishing, a loon, and state outline with “Land of 10,000 Lakes”
            Oregon Feb. 14, 1859 2005 Crater Lake
            Kansas Jan. 29, 1861 2005 Buffalo and sunflowers
            West Virginia June 20, 1863 2005 New River Gorge, New River Gorge Bridge
            Nevada Oct. 31, 1864 2006 Mustangs, sun rising over mountains, and sagebrush in “The Silver State”
            Nebraska March 1, 1867 2006 Covered wagon and “Chimney Rock”
            Colorado Aug. 1, 1876 2006 Rocky Mountains, evergreens, “Colorful Colorado”
            North Dakota Nov. 2, 1889 2006 Bison grazing in the Badlands
            South Dakota Nov. 2, 1889 2006 Pheasant in flight over Mount Rushmore
            Montana Nov. 8, 1889 2007 Bison skull over "Big Sky Country"
            Washington Nov. 11, 1889 2007 King salmon, Mount Rainier, "The Evergreen State"
            Idaho July 3, 1890 2007 Peregrine falcon, state outline, state motto "Esto Perpetua"
            Wyoming July 10, 1890 2007 Bucking horse and rider, "The Equality State"
            Utah Jan. 4, 1896 2007 Locomotives moving toward golden spike, "Crossroads of the West"
            Oklahoma Nov. 16, 1907 2008 State bird soaring over the State wildflower, "Oklahoma 1907"
            New Mexico Jan. 6, 1912 2008 Zia sun symbol over outline of the State, "Land of Enchantment"
            Arizona Feb. 14, 1912 2008 Image of the Grand Canyon with a Saguaro cactus, "Grand Canyon State"
            Alaska Jan. 3, 1959 2008 The North Star displayed over inscription, "The Great Land"
            Hawaii Aug. 21, 1959 2008 The Hawaiian monarch King Kamehameha I and eight islands, "UA MAU KE EA O KA ‘āINA I KA PONO"

            See this page for additional information about U.S. Territories and Outlaying Areas.


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