Released on October 20, 2003, the Arkansas State Quarter became the 25th coin in the United States Mint’s State Quarter series to be released. The state of Arkansas originally became a state on August 10, 1821.
Designed by Dorothy Scott and engraved by John Mercanti, the reverse design on this state quarter has an image that features a diamond, mallard duck and rice stalks.
The diamond was chosen for the image since Arkansas has the oldest diamond mine in North America, which is known as the Crater of Diamonds State Park. Arkansas has many wonderful lakes. The flying mallard signifies and pays tribute to these natural lakes. The state of Arkansas produces the most amount of grain in the U.S. The rice stalks in the image are representative of that.
To choose the design of the reverse side of this quarter, the governor of the state created the Arkansas Quarter Challenge. Over 9000 entries were submitted and sent to the United States Mint. The final design was chosen by the governor. In the end, this design beat out other images that included the State Capitol Building and an image portraying natural resources for the state.
Coin Specifications for the Arkansas State quarter:
- Mintage: 228,000,000 Philadelphia, 229,800,000 Denver, 3,408,516 (San Francisco Clad Proof), 1,125,755 (San Francisco Silver Proof)
- Coin Composition: 91.67% copper, 8.33% nickel (clad), 90% silver, 10% copper (silver proof)
- Diameter: 24.26 mm
- Weight: 5.67 grams
- Thickness: 1.75 mm
- Edge: Reeded
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