The State Quarter program spans over a 10-year period in which each state
will receive its own quarter. An interesting piece of money trivia about
this program is it is the first change of the U.S. quarter since the commemorative
Bicentennial quarters were released in 1976. President Bill Clinton signed
the bill into into law for this program in 1998. The program releases 5
quarters each year and will end in 2008. The state quarters will be issued
in the order in which they joined the Union. You may wonder who gets to
choose the final design of each state quarter. That money trivia is easy
enough to answer. The person who has final approval of the quarter design
is the governor of each state. Once the program ends, traditional eagle
quarter will be reissued.
Do you know what the first five quarters released were? They were released
in this order: Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Georgia, and Connecticut.
The back of the Alabama quarter features Helen Keller. Despite being blind
and deaf, she was a great writer, lecturer and activist. She also opened
the first school for the blind.
Here is some quarter money trivia you may or may not know. What is the
design on the back of the Arkansas quarter? It is a diamond. Arkansas is
the only state in the Union that has diamond mines. Do you know how many
states will have quarters released when they have been in the Union for
less than 100 years? There are four: Arizona, New Mexico, Hawaii and Alaska.
Oklahoma will have been in the Union for 101 years when their quarter is
released. What type of fruit that Georgia is famous for is displayed on
the back of their quarter? It is a Georgia peach. The words “Gateway
of Freedom” are written on the New York quarter. It also shows a picture
of the Statue of Liberty.