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Commemorative State Quarter
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The Commemorative State Quarter for Virginia
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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:

Jamestown 1607-2007
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 Virginia Quarters Minted:

Denver (D):  651,616,000
Philadelphia (P):  943,000,000
Total:  1,594,616,000

America-the-Beautiful Quarter Series:

The quarter for the Shenandoah National Park (located south of Strasburg, VA) was issued in 2014, the second coin issued in 2014 and the 22nd coin (of 56) in the America-the-Beautiful Quarter series.

The following quarters were 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) was issued in 2015. It was the third coin issued in 2015 and the 28th coin (of 56) in the America-the-Beautiful Quarter series.

The following quarters were 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).

Coins Issued in 2000

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