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 25, 2004 - the 5th coin released in 2004
Statehood: May 29, 1848 - the 30th State
Inscriptions: "Wisconsin 1848", "Forward"
Description: Marking Wisconsin's leadership in agriculture, the coin features (from left to right) the head of a cow, a round of cheese and an ear of corn. Just below and in the foreground is a banner bearing Wisconsin's State Motto: "Forward".
At the bottom of the coin is the issue date (2004) 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.
A number of coins minted at Denver (D) contained a small error due to some type of die damage. In addition to the corn leafs on the normal coin, some coins featured a "Low Leaf" and others have a "High Leaf".
Looking at the coin, the ear of corn is located just above the round of cheese. On a normal coin, leafs extend to the left and right from the ear of corn.
The left leaf reaches upward and then curves downward. On coins with the minting error, the "Low Leaf" or "High Leaf" appears between the normal left leaf and the edge of cheese round.
In the case of the "High Leaf", it appears to start just to the left of the corn ear and behind the cheese. The "High Leaf" extends upward to the left and ends at the normal leaf.
The "Low Leaf" appears to begin behind the corn, extends to the left about halfway between the normal leaf and the cheese round. It then curves downward and ends at the cheese round.
Engravers: The Reverse design (the tail or State-side of the Quarter) was created by Alfred Maletsky (search the coin for the engraver's initials: 'am').
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 Wisconsin Quarter:
Number of Wisconsin Quarters Minted:
America-the-Beautiful Quarter Series:
The quarter for the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore (located northeast of Ashland, WI) will be issued in 2018. It will be the second coin issued in 2018 and the 42nd coin (of 56) in the America-the-Beautiful Quarter series.
The following quarters will be issued in 2018: Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore (Michigan), Apostle Islands National Lakeshore (Wisconsin), Voyageurs National Park (Minnesota), Cumberland Island National Seashore (Georgia) & Block Island National Wildlife Refuge (Rhode Island).
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