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Massachusetts State Quarter

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Massachusetts State Quarter
The Bay State
Capital: Boston
Statehood: Feb. 6, 1788

Massachusetts State Quarter

The Massachusetts State Quarter was the first of five quarters released in 2000 and the sixth in the state quarter series which was authorized by the 50 States Commemorative Coin Program Act.

The design features an outline of the state as a backdrop for the main theme of the coin - The Minuteman.

"The Minuteman" is a famous statue in the state of Massachusetts that resides at The Minuteman National Historical Park in Concord which pays tribute to the Minuteman of the American Revolution .

The Minutemen, made up of colonists and farmers who were ready to fight the British with just a minute's notice, played a very important role in the Revolutionary War.

The Governor of Massachusetts encouraged elementary school students to enter a design contest that would determine the state's commemorative quarter.

More than 100 designs were submitted which were then narrowed down to five finalists by a 10-member advisory council.

After the five finalist's designs were approved by the Secretary of the Treasury, the governor and lt. governor announced the final selection.

Both a sixth grader and a seventh grader submitted designs that included The Minuteman.

Below is a table showing the design specifications and mintages of the Massachusetts State Quarter.

Type Massachusetts State Quarter
Obverse - Original design by John Flanagan

Modification for state quarter program by William Cousins

Note: The modification moved some of the wording from the reverse to the obverse to leave the reverse available for the state's design.
Reverse - Each state theme was proposed, and approved, by the governor of the state. Final design was created by Thomas D. Rodgers. His initials appear left center just below the outline of the state.

(Both obverse designer's initials - John Flanagan and William Cousins - are on the obverse of the coin at the truncation of Washington's neck.)
Years Minted 2000
Weight 5.67 grams
Composition outer layers of 75% copper and 25% nickel bonded to an inner core of pure copper
Diameter 24.3 mm
Edge reeded
Mints and Mintages
San Francisco
P - 628,600,000
D - 535,184,000
S - 4,020,172 Proofs only
S - 965,421 Silver Proofs

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