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United States quarter

The United States quarter is 1/4th of a United States dollar or 25 cents. The quarter has been in use since 1796.

It is also referred to as two bits because two bits of a divided Spanish silver piece ("pieces of eight") made up 1/4th of that coin.

It is Cupro-Nickel (8.33% Ni and the balance Cu), weighs 5.670 g, diameter 24.26 mm, width 1.75 mm with a reeded edge. It costs 4.29 cents to produce each coin. Before 1965, quarters contained 90% silver, 10% copper.

The current coin is the Washington Quarter (showing George Washington), replacing the Standing Liberty Type, minted from 1916-1930. The present coin, designed by John Flannagan[?], has been issued since 1932.

Approximately every 10 weeks, since 1999 and until 2008, a new state quarter has been released by the United States Mint[?]. Each quarter's reverse celebrates one of the 50 states with a design honoring its unique history, traditions, and symbols. The quarters are released in the same order that the states joined the union.

Release Date State Statehood Date Mintage Numbers
1999 4,430,940,000
January 1, 1999 Delaware December 7, 1787 774,824,000
March 8, 1999 Pennsylvania December 12, 1787 707,332,000
May 17, 1999 New Jersey December 18, 1787 662,228,000
July 19, 1999 Georgia January 2, 1788 939,932,000
October 12, 1999 Connecticut January 9, 1788 1,346,624,000

Release Date State Statehood Date Mintage Numbers
2000 6,470,932,000
January 3, 2000 Massachusetts February 6, 1788 1,163,784,000
March 13, 2000 Maryland April 28, 1788 1,234,732,000
May 22, 2000 South Carolina May 23, 1788 1,308,784,000
August 7, 2000 New Hampshire June 21, 1788 1,169,016,000
October 16, 2000 Virginia June 25, 1788 1,594,616,000

Release Date State Statehood Date Mintage Numbers
2001 4,083,420,000
January 2, 2001 New York July 26, 1788 1,275,040,000
March 12, 2001 North Carolina November 21, 1789 1,055,476,000
May 21, 2001 Rhode Island May 29, 1790 870,100,000
August 6, 2001 Vermont March 4, 1791 882,804,000
October 15, 2001 Kentucky June 1, 1792 723,564,000

Release Date State Statehood Date Mintage Numbers
2002 3,313,704,000
January 2, 2002 Tennessee June 1, 1796 648,068,000
March 18, 2002 Ohio March 1, 1803 632,032,000
May 30, 2002 Louisiana April 30, 1812 764,204,000
August 2, 2002 Indiana December 11, 1816 689,800,000
October 15, 2002 Mississippi December 10, 1817 579,600,000

Release Date State Statehood Date Mintage Numbers
2003 920,600,000
January 2, 2003 Illinois December 3, 1818 463,200,000
March 17, 2003 Alabama December 14, 1819 457,400,000
June 2, 2003 Maine March 15, 1820  
  Missouri August 10, 1821  
  Arkansas June 15, 1836  

Release Date State Statehood Date Mintage Numbers
2004  
  Michigan January 26, 1837  
  Florida March 3, 1845  
  Texas December 29, 1845  
  Iowa December 28, 1846  
  Wisconsin May 29, 1848  

Release Date State Statehood Date Mintage Numbers
2005  
  California September 9, 1850  
  Minnesota May 11, 1858  
  Oregon February 14, 1859  
  Kansas January 29, 1861  
  West Virginia June 20, 1863  

Release Date State Statehood Date Mintage Numbers
2006  
  Nevada October 31, 1864  
  Nebraska March 1, 1867  
  Colorado August 1, 1876  
  North Dakota November 2, 1889  
  South Dakota November 2, 1889  

Release Date State Statehood Date Mintage Numbers
2007  
  Montana November 8, 1889  
  Washington November 11, 1889  
  Idaho July 3, 1890  
  Wyoming July 10, 1890  
  Utah January 4, 1896  

Release Date State Statehood Date Mintage Numbers
2008  
  Oklahoma November 16, 1907  
  New Mexico January 6, 1912  
  Arizona February 14, 1912  
  Alaska January 3, 1959  
  Hawaii August 21, 1959  

See also: United States coinage

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