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Commemorative Quarter
for Kentucky (KY)

The Commemorative State Quarter for Kentucky

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 itsconstruction 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:

My Old Kentucky Home
E. Pluribus Unum

Obverse Inscriptions:

United States of America
In God We Trust
Quarter Dollar

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 Kentucky Quarters Minted:

Denver (D):  370,564,000
Philadelphia (P):  353,000,000
Total:  723,564,000

America-the-Beautiful Quarter Series

The quarter for the Cumberland Gap National Historical Park (located east of Middlesboro, KY) was issued in 2016, second coin issued in 2016 and the 32nd coin (of 56) in the America-the-Beautiful Quarter series.

The following quarters were 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).

Quarters Issued in 2001



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