The Statue of Liberty is featured on the reverse side of the coin. An outline of the State of New York is placed in the background of the statue. Highlighted on the image of the state is the route of the Hudson River and Erie Canal
“Gateway to Freedom”, is inscribed to the right of the statue and State.
11 stars surround the image, signifying New York as the 11th State to enter the Union.
France presented the statue to the United States in 1886 as A gift, and it’s the first thing many American immigrants would see as they came to America for the first time.
Residents from the state were asked to submit designs for the coin. Submissions were received by hundreds of people, all ranging from schoolchildren to graphic illustrators. Five top designs were chosen, and voted on by New Yorkers. The Statue of Liberty design was the winner and officially selected by the governor.
As with all the state quarter designs,”E Pluribus Unum”, and date of release is located at the bottom of the coin, and the name of the state and date of Statehood is located at the top.
Coin Specifications of the New York quarter:
- Mintage: 619,640,000 Philadelphia, 655,400,000 Denver, 3,094,140 (San Francisco Clad Proof), 889,697 (San Francisco Silver Proof)
- 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