Virginia State Quarter

virginia-state-quarterReleased on October 16, 2000, the Virginia State quarter was the 10th coin released in the State Quarters Program.  Original Statehood for Virginia was on June 25, 1788.

On the reverse side of the coin, the image depicted shows three ships in the center.  The “Susan Constant”, “Godspeed”, and “Discovery”.  These were three ships that originally brought settlers to the “New World”.  The theme for the New Hampshire state quarter is the “Jamestown Quadricentennial”, which honors the 400th anniversary of the Jamestown settlement.  Jamestown was the first permanent settlement in the New America.

104 men and boys settled along the James River on May 12, 1607.  In the upper left corner of the quarter’s design, are the dates 1607 – 2007 representing the 400 year anniversary.

Edgar M Stevens IV designed the quarter after ideas for the quarter were submitted by museums, colleges, and other state agencies.  The final concept was determined by the governor.  As with other quarters in the program, “E Pluribus Unum” is located at the bottom of the image along with the date of the quarter’s release.  Virginia is inscribed at the top of the coin along with the date 1788.

Coin Specifications for the Virginia State quarter:

  • Mintage: 943,000,000 Philadelphia, 651,616,000 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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