New Hampshire State Quarter

new-hampshire-state-quarterThe New Hampshire State quarter was the ninth coin introduced in the State Quarters series, and the fourth coin released in the year 2000; specifically June 21.  Statehood for New Hampshire was on June 21, 1788.

Designed by William Cousins, the reverse side of the coin includes a rock formation known as, “The Old Man of the Mountain“.  You can see the words, “Old Man of the Mountain”, chiseled into the formation.  The formation looked like an old man facing east.  Unfortunately, the formation crumbled to the ground in 2003.  With its presence on the quarter’s image, it will always be remembered.

To the left of the formation is the state motto, “Live Free or Die”, and nine stars which represent New Hampshire as the ninth state to ratify the Constitution.

Residents of New Hampshire submitted designs for the quarter to a Commemorative Quarter committee selected by the governor.  From those designs, a final concept was finally approved. “E Pluribus Unum”, and the date of the coin’s release sit at the bottom of the quarter.  New Hampshire and the date 1788 are inscribed at the top of the image.

Coin Specifications of the New Hampshire State quarter:

  • Mintage: 673,040,000 Philadelphia, 495,976,000 Denver, 4,020,172 (San Francisco Clad Proof), 965,421 (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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