US Statehood Quarters of 2000:
Massachusetts, Maryland, South Carolina, New Hampshire, Virginia
Numismatic and Historic Info, Images
Weight: 5.67 grams
Composition: outer layers of copper-nickel (.750 copper, .250 nickel) bonded to inner core of pure copper
Quantity minted: 6,470,932,000
Mints: Philadelphia, Denver, San Francisco
MASSACHUSETTS STATE QUARTER
The Massachusetts quarter's reverse bears a likeness of the celebrated Minuteman of the American Revolution against an outline of the state. "The Minuteman," a famous statue, stands guard at The Minuteman National Historical Park in Concord, Massachusetts.
The selected design captures a piece of the Bay State's exceptional history. The Minutemen played a big role in protecting our nation, as they rallied together to help defeat the British during the Revolutionary War. These small, influential forces consisting of regular farmers and colonists, were always at-the-ready and were trained to assemble and fight on just a minute's notice - hence the term 'minutemen'.
Release Date: January 03, 2000
Statehood Date: February 06, 1788
Mintage Numbers: 1,163,784,000
MARYLAND STATE QUARTER
The Maryland quarter's reverse highlights the striking Maryland Statehouse surrounded by White Oak leaf clusters and the nickname "The Old Line State" which was given to the state in honor of its "troops of the line." These troops won praise from George Washington, who was Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War.
Maryland Statehouse, a distinctive building dating back to 1772, features the country's largest wooden dome built without nails. From 1783-1784, the Maryland Statehouse served as the nation's first peacetime capital. The Treaty of Paris was ratified here, officially ending the Revolutionary War. A treasure preserved, the Statehouse continues as the country's oldest state capital building still in legislative use.
Release Date: March 13, 2000
Statehood Date: April 28, 1788
Mintage Numbers: 1,234,732,000
SOUTH CAROLINA STATE QUARTER
The South Carolina quarter's reverse shows key state symbols - a Palmetto Tree, the Carolina Wren and the Yellow Jessamine. An outline of South Carolina, the nickname "The Palmetto State" and a star indicating the capital, Columbia, form the quarters background.
The Carolina Wren, the state bird, and the Yellow Jessamine, the state flower, are native throughout South Carolina; the importance of the Palmetto Tree, the state tree, dates back to the Revolutionary War. In 1776, colonists in a small fort built of Palmetto logs successfully defeated a British fleet trying to capture Charleston Harbor. Since then, South Carolina has been called "The Palmetto State."
Release Date: May 22, 2000
Statehood Date: May 23, 1788
Mintage Numbers: 1,308,784,000
NEW HAMPSHIRE STATE QUARTER
The New Hampshire quarter honors one of the state's most unique natural attractions, "The Old Man of the Mountain." The state motto, "Live free or die," and nine stars, signifying the fact that New Hampshire was the ninth state to ratify the Constitution, complete the design.
"The Old Man of the Mountain" was a distinctive rock formation on Mt. Cannon in the Franconia Notch gateway to northern New Hampshire. This unique rock formation, comprised of Conway red granite, depicted the distinct profile of an elderly man gazing eastward. Geographers believe that the layers of granite were formed by the melting and slipping away action of an ice sheet that covered the Franconia Mountains at the end of the glacial period 2,000 to 10,000 years ago. Until it crumbled in early 2003, the formation measured over 40 feet high.
Release Date: August 07, 2000
Statehood Date: June 21, 1788
Mintage Numbers: 1,169,016,000
VIRGINIA STATE QUARTER
The Virginia quarter honors Jamestown, Virginia, the nation's first permanent English settlement. Jamestown turned 400 years old in 2007. The selected design features the three ships, Susan Constant, Godspeed, and Discovery. These ships brought the first English settlers to Jamestown.
On April 10, 1606, King James I of England chartered the Virginia Company to encourage colonization in the New World. The first expedition, consisting of the three ships depicted on the quarter, embarked from London on December 20, 1606. On May 12, 1607, they landed on a small island along the James River nearly 60 miles from the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay. It was here the original settlers (104 men and boys) established the first permanent English settlement called Jamestown, in honor of King James I.
Release Date: October 16, 2000
Statehood Date: June 25, 1788
Mintage Numbers: 1,594,616,000
Total of state quarters minted in 2000: 6,470,932,000