Rhode Island State Quarter

rhode-island-state-quarterThe Rhode Island State quarter was the 13th coin released in the State Quarters Program.  Release date for the quarter was on May 21, 2001.  Statehood for Rhode Island was on May 29, 1790.

The featured design on the reverse side of the Rhode Island State quarter is that of a sailboat out on open water.  A brisk wind is catching its sails, as it rushes through the water of Narragansett Bay.  In the background of the sailboat is the Pell Bridge.  The inscription, “The Ocean State” is placed to the upper right side of the sailboat.  Rhode Island is known for its many beaches and miles of coastline.  Also known as the sailing capital of the world, Rhode Island played a role in hosting  the America’s Cup for a number of years.

Over 500 designs were considered by the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts.  The final design was decided on by the residents of Rhode Island.  They chose the winner by voting online, and at local libraries.

Final design for the quarter was created by Daniel Car.  The state’s name was placed at the top of the coin, along with the date of statehood. “E Pluribus Unum”, and the date of the quarter’s release was set at the bottom of the image.

Coin Specifications of the Rhode Island quarter:

  • Mintage: 423,000,000 Philadelphia, 447,100,000 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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