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Commemorative State Quarter
for Alabama

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The Commemorative State Quarter for Alabama
Note: All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint

Coin Issued: March 17, 2003 - the 2nd coin released in 2003

Statehood: December 14, 1819 - the 22nd State

Inscriptions: "Alabama 1819", "Helen Keller" (both in print and Braille), "Spirit of Courage"

Description: Helen Keller is seated above a banner containing the words "Spirit of Courage". On the left is a Longleaf Pine branch, with Magnolia blossoms on the right.

This quarter is the first U.S. circulated coin that features Braille.

The Longleaf Pine is Alabama's State Tree.

The Magnolia is Alabama's State Flower.

At the bottom of the coin is the issue date (2003) and the motto "E Pluribus Unum". The motto is Latin for "Out of Many, One", recognizing that out of the many colonies (or states) emerged a single nation.

Engravers: The Reverse design (the State-side of the Quarter) was created by Norm Nemeth (search the coin for the engraver's initials: 'nen').

The original Observe design (the front or Washington-side of the Quarter) was created by John Flanagan and first appeared in 1932. For the 50 State Quarters series, Flanagan's design was modified by William Cousins: the portrait of Washington was slightly reduced to accomodate the moving of the legends from the Reverse to the Obverse.

Coin Specifications:

Weight:  0.182 troy ounce [5.670 g]
Diameter:  0.955 in [24.26 mm]
Thickness:  0.069 in [1.75 mm]
Edge:  Reeded with 119 reeds.
Composition:  Cupro-Nickel Clad (91.67% Copper, 8.33% Nickel)

Number of Coins Minted:

Denver (D):  232,400,000
Philadelphia (P):  225,000,000
Total:  457,400,000

America-the-Beautiful Quarter Series:

The quarter for the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site (located at Moton Field in Tuskegee, AL) will be the only coin issued in 2021. It will be the the last coin (of 56) in the America-the-Beautiful Quarter series.

Coins Issued in 2003

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