The Original State Quarters

In 1999, the U.S. Mint introduced a coin series that revolutionized American coinage: the original State Quarters. The first circulating commemorative coin series in American history, it was also the most comprehensive series ever attempted. The original State Quarters remains the landmark for all commemorative coin series! 

The premise behind the original State Quarters was to celebrate each of the 50 states on a unique coin. The coins were issued in the order in which they ratified the U.S. Constitution or were admitted to statehood, starting with Delaware as the first state in 1787 and ending with Hawaii as the 50th state in 1959. Coins were issued at the rate of five per year, with each coin being issued in a limited edition of only about 10 weeks. 

The series ended in 2008, but it was extended in 2009 to include Washington, D.C., and the five overseas U.S. territories. Each State Quarter design was suggested by the respective state to highlight that state’s unique history and culture. Together, the coins create a fascinating overview of American history and of the sights and symbols that make America “the land of the free and the home of the brave.” 

The earliest State Quarter are now about 18 years old, and they are increasingly hard to find in top quality. Among the most popular way to collect them are complete collections of enhanced coins: 

  • The collection of 24K Gold Hologram State Quarters includes every coin that is richly layered in 24 karat gold; the highlights of each coin’s unique design is then enhanced with holograms, giving the coins a beautiful and distinctive finish. 
  • The Colorized State Quarters also includes every coin, but these coins are colorized to bring the designs to life. Like the 24K Gold Hologram collection, this collection comes in custom frame with each coin identified.

Even though State Quarters were struck at the U.S. Mint, the Mint does not currently have the technology to produce enhanced editions. As a result, the holograms and colorizing are privately applied – but just a tiny fraction of all coins have been enhanced, making them some of the most restricted editions in the entire series.




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