Massachusetts State Quarter

massachusetts-state-quarterThe Massachusetts State quarter, released on January 3, 2000, was the sixth coin in the 50 State Quarters Program.  Original statehood for Massachusetts was on February 6, 1788.

An image of, “The Minuteman”, is set in front of a silhouette of the state of Massachusetts.  To the right of the state’s image is the inscription “The Bay State”.

Located in the Minuteman National Historical Park in Concord, Massachusetts, “The Minuteman” statue depicted on the Massachusetts state quarter, honors the farmers and colonists of early America who were ready to fight in a minute’s notice.  These men were a crucial aspect for the success of the colonists during the Revolutionary War.

Elementary school students were encouraged by the Governor to submit design entries for the image of the state quarter.  Over 100 entries were submitted.  Five finalists were chosen by a 10-member advisory council, and the final design by Thomas D. Rodgers was approved by the Governor.

At the bottom of the coin, is the inscription “E Pluribus Unum”, and date of release.  The name of the state and date of original statehood is located at the top of the design.

Coin Specifications for the Massachusetts State quarter:

  • Mintage: 628,600,000 Philadelphia, 535,184,000 Denver, 4,020,172 (San Francisco Clad Proof), 965,421 (San Francisco Silver Proof)
  • Designers: William Cousins after John Flanagan (obverse), Thomas D. Rodgers (reverse)
  • 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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