50 States Commemorative Circulating Coin Program

Starting in 1999, the design of the U.S. quarter will change. Reverses of circulating quarters will be replaced with designs representative of each of the fifty states. Five State Quarters will be issued every year in the order that they ratified the Constitution or were admitted to the Union.

Recent news:
May 21st - The State of New Hampshire has a web page on its upcoming quarter.

The U.S. Mint has published a page on the 50 state quarters, including a schedule of the quarters.

May 11th - Mint may bulk up state quarter program - reprinted from Coin World

May 7th - Delaware quarter designs step closer to final - from Coin World.

  • Quarter designs a big challenge - an editorial by Beth Deisher.

    March 18th - Current status of the program, from Coin World - Legislation authorizing a rearrangement of mandated inscriptions on the 50 states circulating commemorative quarter dollars is now pending in the House, and the Mint is providing design templates to the first five states whose coins are due to make their debut in 1999.

    March 18th - Mint engravers working on Delaware quarters, other states at work - from Coin World

    November 19th, 1997 - The 50 States Commemorative Coin Program Act authorizing the striking of the new quarters passed the House and Senate and has been sent to the President. Article in Coin World.

    September 29th - Treasury sets guides for quarters - excerpt from an article in Coin World

    Older news

    More Information

    "Planning key to program's success" - editorial in Coin World

    ANA press release - 50-state Circulating Commems a Great Boost for the Hobby

    Move over, Washington, the states are coming! - An article by Leon Worden

    Harvey Stack's congressional testimony about the program

    Please send any relevant links to Erik Rauch at erikr@cs.stanford.edu.