Alaska State Quarter

alaska-state-quarterReleased on August 25, 2008, the Alaska State Quarter was the fourth coin released in the year 2008 and the 49th coin in this United States Mint State Quarter series.

Designed by Susan Gamble and engraved by Charles Vickers, the reverse design on the Alaska State Quarter features a hungry grizzly bear with a salmon in his mouth. “Alaska” and “1959” are inscribed the top of the coin’s image. At the bottom of the image is “2008”, the date that the coin was minted and the inscription, “E Pluribus Unum.” “The Great Land” is inscribed by the right side of the grizzly bear.

In 1867, the state of Alaska was purchased from Russia for just $7.2 million. The state is full of natural resources such as gold and oil, which makes the investment one of the best in history. The grizzly bear is portrayed on the coin since over 97 percent of grizzly bears live in Alaska.

To choose the image on the back of this beautiful coin, the governor of Alaska appointed a group of 11 to review and choose a winner. There were over 850 submissions. Some of the other designs included a polar bear, a rendition of Mount McKinley and a gold miner panning for gold. While these designs were fitting for the state image, the committee thought that the natural beauty of this image showed the true nature of the state and chose the image as the winner.

Coin Specifications for the Alaska State quarter:

  • Mintage: 251,800,000 Philadelphia, 254,000,000 Denver, 2,078,112 (San Francisco Clad Proof), 1,192,908 (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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