Tennessee State Quarter

tennessee-state-quarterThe 16th quarter introduced in the State Quarter series was the Tennessee State quarter.  Tennessee became a state on June 1, 1796.  This quarter was released on January 2, 2002.

The design on the reverse side of this quarter signifies the importance of music for the state of Tennessee.

A fiddle, trumpet, and guitar are placed in the center of the coin with a banner underneath reading,"Musical Heritage".

The fiddle reflects the Appalachian music of East Tennessee.  The trumpet honors the blues of West Tennessee, and the guitar shows the importance of country music to the capital, Nashville; home of the Grand Ole Opry.

Final design for the reverse side of the Tennessee State quarter was created by Shawn Stookey.  Tennessee is inscribed at the top of the coin along with its date of statehood.  2002 and, "E Pluribus Unum" are located at the bottom of the coin.  Three stars surround the center image.

Coin Specifications of the Tennessee State quarter

  • Mintage: 361,600,000 Philadelphia, 286,468,000 Denver, 3,084,245 (San Francisco Clad Proof), 892,229 (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