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Commemorative State Quarter
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Note: All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint
Coin Issued: October 15, 2001 - the 5th coin released in 2001
Statehood: June 1, 1792 - the 15th State
Inscriptions: "Kentucky 1792", "My Old Kentucky Home"
Description: A thoroughbred enclosed by a fence, with the Federal Hill mansion in the background. To the right of the mansion and above the horse is the inscription "My Old Kentucky Home".
The Federal Hill mansion is located in Bardstown and its construction was started by Judge John Rowan in 1795. Additional construction continued to 1802.
Tradition has it that while Stephen Foster was visiting his cousins at the Federal Hill mansion in March of 1852, he was inspired to write the ballad (and Kentucky's State Song) "My Old Kentucky Home".
At the bottom of the coin is the issue date (2001) 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 Kentucky Quarter:
Number of Kentucky Quarters Minted:
America-the-Beautiful Quarter Series:
The quarter for the Cumberland Gap National Historical Park (located east of Middlesborough, KY) will be issued in 2016. It will be the second coin issued in 2016 and the 32nd coin (of 56) in the America-the-Beautiful Quarter series.
The following quarters will be issued in 2016: Shawnee National Forest (Illinois), Cumberland Gap National Historical Park (Kentucky), Harpers Ferry National Historical Park (West Virginia), Theodore Roosevelt National Park (North Dakota) & Fort Moultrie/Fort Sumter National Monuments (South Carolina).
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