Kentucky State Quarter

kentucky-state-quarterThe fifteenth coin released in the program was the Kentucky State quarter, which was released on October 15, 2001.  Statehood for Kentucky was on June 1, 1792.

The reverse design on the Kentucky State quarter features a famous symbol of Kentucky, Federal Hill.  Federal Hill is also known as “My Old Kentucky Home”, which is inscribed to the right.  The Bardstown home is also depicted on the coin.  Stephen Foster wrote the state song, “My Old Kentucky Home” while there.

A thoroughbred racehorse stands alongside a fence in the foreground of the image.  Kentucky is known for its annual Kentucky Derby.  Held in Louisville, Kentucky, prominent Thoroughbred horses race every year on that first Saturday in May, to see if they can win the first leg of the Triple Crown.

Over 1800 designs were submitted to the Kentucky Quarter Project Committee in hopes of being picked as the final image on the quarter.  Some 50,000 residents of Kentucky voted for the final concepts of the image.  Governor Paul E. Patton chose the final design.

T. James Farrell created the final image for the Kentucky state quarter.  The state name of Kentucky was placed at the top, along with the date of statehood.  The release date of 2001 was inscribed at the bottom of the coin with the words, “E Pluribus Unum”.

Coin Specifications of the Kentucky State quarter:

  • Mintage: 353,000,000 Philadelphia, 370,564,000 Denver, 3,094,140 (San Francisco Clad Proof), 889,697 (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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