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A Celebration Of The 50 States
The 50 State Quarters™ Program is 'changing' the 'state' of coin collecting. Approximately every 10 weeks, from 1999 to
2008, there will be a new state quarter
released. Each quarter's reverse will celebrate one of the 50 states with a design honoring its unique history, traditions, and symbols. The quarters are released in the same order that the states joined the union.
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Mint Press Release
SENATE PASSES BILL ALLOWING MINT DISCRETION IN PLACEMENT OF INSCRIPTIONS ON 50 STATE QUARTERS
Washington, D.C. - May 26, 1998 - The United States Senate has approved legislation (H.R. 3301) allowing the U.S. Mint flexibility in the placement of the mandatory inscriptions on the Washington quarter for the 50 States Circulating Commemorative Coin Program slated to begin next year.
"I want to express our thanks to Chairman Castle and all members of Congress who moved so expeditiously on this issue," said Mint Director Philip N. Diehl. "We believe the public will welcome the new balanced design on the obverse side of the quarter, and our engravers will have the artistic freedom needed for the statehood designs on the reverse."
The legislation does not affect the statutory requirement that United States coins carry the inscriptions "In God We Trust," "Liberty," "United States of America," and "E Pluribus Unum;" a designation of the value of the coin; and the year of minting or issuance.
In short, the legislation allows the Mint to move the inscription "United States of America" and the designation of value "quarter dollar" from the reverse to the obverse side of the quarter, and the year of minting or issuance from the obverse to the reverse side.
The bill amends chapter 51 of title 31 of the United States Code "to allow the Secretary of the Treasury greater discretion with regard to the placement of the required inscriptions on quarter dollars issued under the 50 State Quarters™ Program."
Sponsored by Representative Michael N. Castle of Delaware, the bill was introduced March 2, 1998, passed the House by voice vote on March 27, 1998, and passed the Senate on May 19, 1998. The bill will go to President Clinton for signature before becoming law.
The 50 States Commemorative Coin Program Act provides for designs to be submitted in accordance with the design selection and approval process developed by and in sole discretion of the Treasury Secretary. Because it is important that the nation's coinage and currency bear dignified designs of which the citizens of the United States can be proud, the Act further requires that the Secretary shall not select any frivolous or inappropriate design and no head-and-shoulders portrait or bust of any person, living or dead, and no portrait of a living person may be included in the design.
Designs shall maintain a dignity befitting the nation's coinage.
Designs shall have broad appeal to the citizens of the state and avoid controversial subjects or symbols that are likely to offend.
Suitable subject matter for design concepts include state landmarks (natural and man-made), landscapes, historically significant buildings, symbols of state resources or industries, official state flora and fauna, state icons (e.g.. Texas Lone Star, Wyoming bronco, etc.), and outlines of the state.
State flags and state seals are not considered suitable for designs.
Consistent with the authorizing legislation, the states are encouraged to submit concepts that promote the diffusion of knowledge among the youth of the United States about the state, its history and geography, and the rich diversity of our national heritage.
Priority consideration will be given to designs and concepts that are enduring representations of the state. Coins have a commercial life span of at least 30 years and are collected for generations.
Inappropriate design concepts include, but are not limited to logos or depictions of specific commercial, private, educational, civic, religious, sports, or other organizations whose membership or ownership is not universal.
The United States Mint's current position is to accept text only descriptions of each State's design concept. Actual drawings and depictions will be rendered by the United States Mint.
Provided by the U.S. Mint