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Commemorative State Quarter
for Arizona

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

Coin Issued: June 2, 2008 - the 3rd coin released in 2008

Statehood: February 14, 1912 - the 48th State

Inscriptions: "Arizona 1912", "Grand Canyon State"

Description: To the upper left: an image of the Grand Canyon with a setting sun in the background.

Below and to the right is a Saguaro Cactus, Arizona's State flower.

Separating the Grand Canyon and the Saguaro Cactus, which does not grow in the Grand Canyon area, is a banner bearing the inscription 'Grand Canyon State'.

At the bottom of the coin is the issue date (2008) 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 Joseph Menna (search the coin for the engraver's initials: 'jfm').

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):  265,000,000
Philadelphia (P):  244,600,000
Total:  509,600,000

America-the-Beautiful Quarter Series:

The quarter for Grand Canyon National Park (located in northwest Arizona) will be issued in 2010. It will be the fourth coin (of 56) in the America-the-Beautiful Quarter series.

The following quarters will be issued in 2010: Hot Springs National Park (Arkansas), Yellowstone National Park (Wyoming), Yosemite National Park (California), Grand Canyon National Park (Arizona) & the Mount Hood National Forest (Oregon).

Coins Issued in 2008

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