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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 1792.

The Colorado commemorative quarter was released in 2006.

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