January 18, 2013
Treasury - 50 State Quarters® Report
"The United States Mint 50 State Quarters® Program (Program) has been hailed as the most successful coin program in the Nation’s history. Authorized by Congress, the 50 State Quarters Program was an unprecedented ten-year initiative honoring the Nation’s states. From January 1999 to November 2008, the United States Mint annually issued five commemorative quarters with reverse designs emblematic of each state. The diverse coins minted under the 50 State Quarters Program educated millions of Americans about the history, culture and geography of each state. The Program created a new generation of Americans collecting coins from their pockets and prompted renewed attention to the hobby of coin collecting. It also generated extraordinary public interest as millions of citizens participated in their state’s design selection process or attended their state’s quarter launch."