140 million coin collectors near complete set
by: Patti Dennis
The 50 State Quarters
program at the U.S. Mint is in its final
production with the last three states getting
their commemorative quarter-dollars by the end
of the year.
So which states are still waiting for the
collectable quarters? Arizona will be the 48th
coin in the 50 State Quarters program which
began in 1999. May 19 in Denver at the U.S. Mint
will be Arizona quarter day. Then, on June 2, a
striking ceremony will be held in Phoenix.
Arizona is known as the "Grand Canyon State" and
the design of the new quarter will reflect that
history. The Arizona quarter depicts the Grand
Canyon with a Saguaro Cactus in the foreground.
The 50 State Quarters program releases each
state quarter in the same order the state was
granted statehood. Alaska and Hawaii will each
receive their state's quarters later this year.
The U.S. Mint is starting a new quarter program
next year with a commemorative coin for
Washington, D.C. and quarters for the American
Territories including Puerto Rico, Guam and the
U.S. Virgin Islands.
The U.S. Mint estimates more than 140 million
people are collecting the entire set of
quarters. If the estimated 140 million people
collect all 54 state and territory commemorative
quarters, $1,890,000,000-worth in quarters would
be taken out of circulation.
Coins were first minted in the United States in
The Colorado commemorative quarter was released
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