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South Carolina State Quarter

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South Carolina State Quarter
The Palmetto State
Capital: Columbia
Statehood: May 23, 1788

South Carolina State Quarter

The South Carolina State Quarter was the third state quarter released in the year 2000 and the eighth in the series which was authorized by the 50 States Commemorative Coin Program Act.

Design elements of the SC State Quarter include:

  • An outline of the state
  • A star marking the location on the State Capital - Columbia
  • The State Nickname - "The Palmetto State"
  • The State Tree - a Palmetto Tree
  • The State Bird - the Carolina Wren
  • The State Flower - the Yellow Jessamine

The Palmetto Tree has significant meaning to the State of South Carolina. In 1776, during the Revolutionary War, colonists built a small fort with Palmetto logs and were successful in defeating the British fleet which was trying to capture Charleston Harbor.

As a result, South Carolina has since been nicknamed "The Palmetto State".

To choose the design for the South Carolina State Quarter, the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism accepted submissions from school children, the South Carolina Numismatic Society and from within their own offices.

Five semi-finalists were chosen from among the submissions which were then sent to The Citizens Commemorative Coin Advisory Committee and the Fine Arts Commission who narrowed the field down to three.

The governor of South Carolina then chose the final design indicating that.......

  • The Palmetto Tree represented strength
  • The Carolina Wren’s song represented the hospitality of South Carolina’s citizens
  • The Yellow Jessamine represented South Carolina’s vast natural beauty

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

Type South Carolina 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 just below the Palmetto tree.

(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 - 742,576,000
D - 566,208,000
S - 4,020,172 Proofs only
S - 965,421 Silver Proofs

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