A Gazetteer for the United States and Canada
Commemorative State Quarter
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Note: All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint
Coin Issued: October 12, 1999 - the 5th coin released in 1999
Statehood: January 9, 1788 - the 5th State
Inscriptions: "Connecticut 1788", "The Charter Oak"
Description: The Charter Oak served as a hiding place for Connecticut's original Charter. The Charter had been received from King Charles II (in 1662). With the succession of James II to the throne, an attempt was made to withdraw the Charter. To prevent this, the Charter was hidden in a majestic Oak on the Wyllys Estate.
The Charter Oak fell during a storm on August 21, 1856.
At the bottom of the coin is the issue date (1999) 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 tail or State-side of the Quarter) was created by T. James Ferrell (search the coin for the engraver's initials: 'tjf').
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.
Reverse Inscriptions for the Connecticut Quarter:
Number of Connecticut Quarters Minted:
America-the-Beautiful Quarter Series:
The quarter for the Weir Farm National Historic Site (located southwest of Branchville, CT) will be issued in 2020. It will be the second coin issued in 2020 and the 52nd coin (of 56) in the America-the-Beautiful Quarter series.
The following quarters will be issued in 2020: National Park of America Samoa (American Samoa), Weir Farm National Historic Site (Connecticut), Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve (U.S. Virgin Islands), Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park (Vermont) & Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve (Kansas).
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