Designed and engraved by Alfred Maletsky, the design of the reverse side of the quarter features the first President, George Washington as he crossed the Delaware River. The design was based on the famous 1851 painting by Emmanuel Leutze, “Washington Crossing the Delaware“. The scene depicts the President and soldiers of the Colonial Army crossing the Delaware River into New Jersey on Christmas night of 1776.
This was a key morale booster and turning point during the Revolutionary War. Washington led a surprise attack by crossing the frigid river and leading the Colonial Army to victory in Trenton, New Jersey. The phrase “Crossroads of the Revolution” is inscribed below the image of Washington and the soldiers. Later, he moved his troops to Princeton and Morristown, which became another successful boost for the army.
As with other quarters in the program, “E Pluribus Unum” and the release date of this quarter are located at the bottom, with the name of the state and date of statehood at the top
Final design of the New Jersey State quarter was created by the 15 members of the New Jersey Commemorative Coin Design Commission and approved by Governor Christine Todd Whitman.
Coin Specifications of the New Jersey State quarter:
- Mintage: 363,200,000 Philadelphia, 299,028,000 Denver, 3,713,359 (San Francisco Clad Proof), 804,565 (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