Louisiana State Quarter

louisiana-state-quarterThe 18th coin released in the State Quarters Program was the Louisiana State quarter.

Date of statehood for Louisiana was originally on April 30, 1812.  The State quarter for Louisiana was released on May 20, 2002.

The design on the reverse side of the Louisiana State quarter marks the significance of the Louisiana Purchase.  The United States is outlined, and the Louisiana Territory is highlighted.  In 1803, Thomas Jefferson purchased the Louisiana Territory from the French for $15 million.  This purchased land would add 13 states to what is now the United States of America.

Above the outline of the United States is a trumpet with notes coming out the end of it, which signifies Louisiana’s Jazz heritage.  Just inside the lower half of the United States outline is the image of a pelican, which is the state bird for Louisiana.

The date of statehood, 1812 and the state’s name are placed at the top of the coin.  2002 and “E Pluribus Unum” are at the bottom.

Governor Mike Foster Jr. formed the Louisiana Commemorative Coin Advisory Commission, which asked for designs from the residence of Louisiana.  Around 1200 submissions were given; many from schoolchildren around the state.  Five of those submissions were submitted to the United States Mint, and the final design selected by Governor Foster.

Coin Specifications of the Louisiana State quarter:

  • Mintage: 362 million Philadelphia, 402,204,000 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

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