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Symbols of U.S Quarter(s) Part I

Delaware

Patriot Caesar Rodney on his 1776 historic ride. Rodney made the 80-mile ride through terrible heat and thunderstorms to cast his vote in favor of Delaware signing the Declaration of Independence. Rodney's vote turned out to be the tie breaker. (

Pennsylvania

Shows the state's keystone, Commonwealth statue, and the state motto "Virtue, Liberty and Independence" atop an outline of the state. Her right arm is extended in mercy; her left arm holds a ribbon mace to symbolize justice.

New Jersey

Shows General George Washington leading his troops across the Delaware River to Trenton, New Jersey. During the next ten days, the Colonial Army beat the British at the Battles of Trenton, and Princeton. New Jersey's location put it at the heart of many Revolutionary battle and earned the nickname "Crossroads of the Revolution" I t was before the Battle of Trenton that George Washington made his famous crossing of the Delaware on Christmas night to defeat the Hessian army.

Georgia

Has a peach (state symbol), branches from a Live Oak tree ( state tree) and a banner with " Wisdom, Justice and Moderation." ( state motto). It is know as the "Peach State". It was the last of the thirteen colonies

California

Famous Charter Oak tree that hid the charter won from Britain's King Charles II in 1662. This charter established Connecticut's boundaries and self-rule. In 1687, Captain Joseph Wadsworth saved the charter from the hands of the British, hiding it safely in this tree.

Massachusetts

An outline of the state and a star over Boston, the state's capital. It also has the state's nickname ("The Bay State") and the famous minute men.

Maryland

The dome is surrounded by branches of leaves from the state tree (White Oak) and the state's nickname ("The Old Line State"). Some people believe General George Washington gave the state this nickname as a way to honor the Maryland Line Troops, who served in many Revolutionary Wars.

South Carolina

South Carolina quarter shows a star over Columbia, the state capital. The quarters also has the state tree ( Palmetto), state flower (Yellow Jessamine), state bird (Carolina Wren), and state nickname ("The Palmetto State") The palmetto tree is important because the wood helped defeat the British at the Battle of Sullivan's Island. When the British fired cannonballs at Fort Moultrie, the fort's spongy palmetto logs absorbed the shock of the cannonballs. The fort came out unharmed, and colonists had their first major naval victory of the American Revolutions!

Virginia

Honors our nation's oldest colony, Jamestown, Virginia. The three ships on the coin- Susan Constant, Godspeed and Discovery brought the first English colonists here in the spring of 1607

New Hampshire

The state's most famous natural rock formation, the Old Man of the Mountain. Geologic events carved this profile into the granite ledges 200 millions years ago.

New York

Features the Statue of Liberty against an outline of the state with the inscription "Gateway to Freedom". If you closely at the image of the state, you'll also see a line indicating the Erie Canal, which was important to the growth of New York's business and population in the early 1800's

North Carolina

Celebrates the first airplane flight, with a picture of Orville and Wilbur Wright's plane taking off and the inscription "First Flight."

Rhode Island

Honors the "Ocean State" and its most popular sport with a sailboat gliding through Narragansett Bay, past and the Pell Bridge, which links the towns of Newport and Jamestown.

Vermont

Celebrates America's favorite sweet with an image of maple trees being tapped for syrup against a background of Camel's Hump Mountain. The first state admitted to the Union after the original 13 colonies, Vermont is known as the "Green Mountain State" because of its beautiful mountains covered in evergreen trees.

Kentucky

Shows a mansion with a thoroughbred racehorse behind a fence and the words "My Old Kentucky Home". Kentucky was the first state on the western frontier to join the Union and home of the longest running annual horse race in the country, the Kentucky Derby. Behind the horse, you'll also see another famous symbol of Kentucky, the Bardstown house, where Stephen Foster wrote the state song "My Old Kentucky Home"

Tennessee

It has three states that stand for the state's three areas and three musical instruments for the state's three most popular kinds of music. A fiddle stands for the bluegrass music of the mountains of east Tennessee. A guitar stands for the country music of central Tennessee where Nashville is, A trumpet stands for the blues of west Tennessee and the city of Memphis.

Ohio

An astronaut and a biplane decorate an outline of the state because of the part Ohio played in travel by air and space. Two famous astronaut- Neil Armstrong and John Glenn were both born in Ohio. So were one of the inventors of the airplane. "Birthplace of Aviation Pioneers"

Louisiana

The state of Louisiana- especially New Orleans is where jazz was born, a type of music that's enjoyed all over the world. Below the sounding trumpet is a pelican, the state bird. In the background is an outline of the Louisiana Purchase and it's place in the United States, but the Louisiana Territory was such a big piece of land that it about doubled the size of the United States in 1803.

Indiana

Nineteenth state quarter belongs to of course the nineteenth state to join the Union and features nineteen stars for just that reason. Along with the stars and an outline of the state of Indiana, a race car is also part of the design because the world- famous Indianapolis 500 is raced there

Mississippi

"Magnolia State". The magnolia flower and tree.

Illinois

Twenty one stars surround the twenty first state (Illinois). Abraham Lincoln must have looked forward to his new career in law from his job as a young rail-splitter. In the image, Lincoln is setting his farm tool aside and picking up his law book, the farm behind him and the city of Chicago ahead. The state's nickname "Land of Lincoln and " The Prairie State."

Alabama

"Spirit of Courage" banner is the image of Helen Keller,a truly courageous woman. Her had wrote books and earn a college degree. Ms. Keller is reading from a Braille Book, and her name is written on the coin in Braille letters.

Maine

Maine became the 23rd state as part of the Missouri Comprise. The quarter shows the lighthouse at Pemaquid Point. The ship on the quarter look like the schooner Victory Chimes of the Windjammer Fleet. Windjammers are sailboats that are used to carry cargo and passengers to different ports. Both windjammers and lighthouses played an important part in Maine's shipping history.

Missouri

Lewis and Clark's Corps of Discovery set out to navigate the Missouri River in 1804, and Gateway Arch was built in 1965

Arkansas

"The Natural State" because of its many natural mineral resources, including streams, lakes, farmland,wildlife, and minerals. One of the diamond mines there may be the oldest one in North America. Arkansas produces a lot of rice, the picture on the quarter (rice stalks, a diamond, and a duck flying over a lake in a forest)

Michigan

Shows the mitten-shaped outline of Michigan and the surrounding Great Lakes ( Lake Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie, and Ontario.) It played a major part in Michigan's history and economy. The lakes brought many tourists and industries (such as shipping and mining).

Florida

A 16th century Spanish ship arrives and a 20th century space shuttle leaves the land of Florida. It is link to the phrase "Gateway to Discovery". Florida is also the state from which many missions are launched to explore space. Most U.S space missions blast off from the Kennedy Space Center.

Texas

1845 Texas entered the Union. Many countries wanted the land that is now, Texas, including Spain, France, and Mexico. After many battles, Texas won its independence and became its own Republic. About nine years later, Texas became part of the United States. A rope encircles an outline of the state behind a lone star, labeled "The Lone Star State".

Iowa

The painting shows a teacher and her students planting a tree near their country schoolhouse. "Foundation of Education" The artist name was Grant Wood.

Wisconsin

Wisconsin can be called the dairy capital of the world. Cows, Cheese, and Corn. Along with its motto "Forward"

California

John Muir ( protector of nature), the Yosemite Valley, and soaring California Condor ( Successful Repopulation and an almost extinct bird)

Minnesota

It features a lake scene and its nickname "Land of 10,000". The pine trees, lake, and people fishing on the coin speak of Minnesota's natural beauty and recreational resources. Floating over the lake, is the state bird, the loon.

Oregon

Shows Crater Lake, the deepest lake in the U.S and seventh deepest in the world. The scene on the quarter also shows Wizard Island, an island of volcanic ash that rises from the lake. Along the rim of the crater, Watchman Peak and Hillman Peak are also depicted, with some trees grown in that area.

Kansas

Features a buffalo, and a sunflower, two of the state's beloved symbols. It is also known as the "Sunflower State".

West Virginia

The coin image of the New River Gorge, its river, and its bridge, reminds us of the beauty of the "Mountain State".

Nevada

Wild mustangs are the main subjects of this quarter, and also features the sagebrush, Nevada's state flower. It is also nicknames "The Silver State" for its discovery of silver found near Virginia City.

Nebraska

Nicknames "The Cornhusker State". Corn, a major product of this state, used to be "husked" (peeled) by hand there before husking machines were invented. The ox-drawn covered wagon in the coin's design is carrying a pioneer family westward. Nebraska's quarter also shows Chimney Rock rising from the valley of North Platte River

Colorado

Above the "Colorful Colorado" banner on the coin, the rugged Rocky Mountains-which cross through Colorado-are shown. One of these mountains is Grand Mesa, the largest flat-top mountain in the world.

North Dakota

As the sun sets in the west, two (American buffalo) graze the Badlands on the North Dakota quarter.

South Dakota

Features an image of the state bird, a Chinese ring-necked pheasant. Why Chinese? It was bought to South Dakota in 1898. In the center of the design is Mount Rushmore, where the busts of four American Presidents (George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln.)

Montana

It features its landscape, a bison skull, and one of the state's nickname "Big Sky Country". The bison skull reminds us of the rich American Indian heritage of Montana. Also "the Treasure State" for its rich ming industry.

Washington

The image shows a king salmon jumping out of the water, with Mount Rainer in the background. The salmon is a symbol of Washington and of Pacific Northwest culture. It is known as "the Evergreen State." (state nickname)

Idaho

The Gem State had chosen the peregrine falcon and an outline of the state. The words" Esto Perpetua" make up the state's motto, which in Latin for "May it be Forever".

Wyoming

The bucking horse and rider symbolize Wyoming's Wild West heritage. Wyoming was nicknames the "Equality State" because of its role granting full voting rights to women.

Utah

Utah's quarter features two trains facing the golden spike that joined the tracks of the Central Pacific and Union Pacific railroads in 1869 at Promontory , Utah. The newly-laid track made it possible for people to cross the continent of North American by rail. Linking East to West by train changed both Utah Territory and the rest of the nation forever, and earned Utah the title "Crossroads of the West".

Oklahoma

Image features the scissor-tailed flycatcher, Oklahoma's state bird. The bird is soaring over the state wildflower, called "Indian blanket". It symbolizes Oklahoma's rich American Indian heritage. Oklahoma was formed out of the Oklahoma Territory and the Indian Territory of the Five Civilized Tribes (Choctaw, Chickasaw, Creek, Seminole, and Cherokee)

New Mexico

Features an outline of the state which topographical texture. The location of the capital city, Santa Fe,, is marked by a Zia sun symbol. This symbol, from the Zia Pueblo people, represents the giver of all good. It is nicknamed "The Land of Enchantment".

Arizona

The image features the Grand Canyon and the Saguaro cactus. A banner reading "Grand Canyon State" separates the Canyon from the cactus,. which does not grow in the state flower of Arizona. But the flower of the cactus is the state flower of Arizona

Alaska

The design features a brown bear catching a salmon in the river. A single star stands for the North Star. It's state's name is translated from the phrase "The Great Land" from Aleutian word. It shows the natural beauty of the land. The bear represents strength as the salmon represents the nutrition to provide the strength.

Hawaii

Features King Kamehameha I stretching his hand toward the eight major Hawaiian Islands. The state motto is also inscribed: "UA MAU KE EA OKA".

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