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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 16, 2000 - the 5th coin released in 2000
Statehood: June 25, 1788 - the 10th State
Inscriptions: "Virginia 1788", "Jamestown 1607-2007"
Description: To celebrate the quadricentennial of Jamestown, the coin features the ships "Susan Constant", "Godspeed" and the "Discovery".
The ships "Susan Constant", "Godspeed" and "Discovery" brought the first English settlers (104 men and boys) to Jamestown. They left London on December 20, 1606 and arrived at Jamestown (named in honor of King James I) on May 12, 1607.
At the bottom of the coin is the issue date (2000) 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 Edgar Z. Steever (search the coin for the engraver's initials: 'ezs').
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 Virginia Quarter:
Number of Virginia Quarters Minted:
America-the-Beautiful Quarter Series:
The quarter for the Shenandoah National Park (located south of Strasburg, VA) will be issued in 2014. It will be the second coin issued in 2014 and the 22nd coin (of 56) in the America-the-Beautiful Quarter series.
The following quarters will be issued in 2014: Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Tennessee), Shenandoah National Park (Virginia), Arches National Park (Utah), Great Sand Dunes National Park (Colorado) & Everglades National Park (Florida).
The quarter for the Blue Ridge Parkway (which extends from Front Royal, VA in the north, through North Carolina to the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee) will be issued in 2015. It will be the third coin issued in 2015 and the 28th coin (of 56) in the America-the-Beautiful Quarter series.
The following quarters will be issued in 2015: Homestead National Monument of America (Nebraska), Kisatchie National Forest (Louisiana), Blue Ridge Parkway (Virginia, North Carolina & Tennessee), Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge (Delaware) & Saratoga National Historical Park (New York).
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