Coin Issued: June 2, 2008 - the 3rd coin released in 2008
Statehood: February 14, 1912 - the 48th State
Inscriptions: "Arizona 1912", "Grand Canyon State"
Description: To the upper left: an image of the Grand Canyon with a setting sun
in the background.
Below and to the right is a Saguaro Cactus, Arizona's State flower.
Separating the Grand Canyon and the Saguaro Cactus, which does not grow
in the Grand Canyon area, is a banner bearing the inscription 'Grand Canyon State'.
At the bottom of the coin is the issue date (2008) and the motto "E Pluribus Unum".
The motto is Latin for "Out of Many, One", recognizing that out of the many colonies (or states) emerged
a single nation.
Engravers: The Reverse design (the tail or State-side of the Quarter) was created by Joseph Menna
(search the coin for the engraver's initials: 'jfm').
The original Observe design (the front or Washington-side of the Quarter) was created by John Flanagan
and first appeared in 1932. For the 50 State Quarters series, Flanagan's design was modified
by William Cousins: the portrait of Washington was slightly reduced to accomodate the moving of the legends
from the Reverse to the Obverse.
Reverse Inscriptions for the Arizona Quarter:
|The Grand Canyon State|
|E. Pluribus Unum|
|United States of America|
|In God We Trust|
|Weight:|| 0.182 troy ounce [5.670 g]|
|Diameter:|| 0.955 in [24.26 mm]|
|Thickness:|| 0.069 in [1.75 mm]|
|Edge:|| Reeded with 119 reeds.|
|Composition:|| Cupro-Nickel Clad (91.67% Copper, 8.33% Nickel)|
Number of Arizona Quarters Minted:
|Denver (D):|| 265,000,000|
|Philadelphia (P):|| 244,600,000|
America-the-Beautiful Quarter Series:
The quarter for Grand Canyon National Park (located in northwest Arizona) was issued in 2010
and the fourth coin (of 56) in the America-the-Beautiful Quarter series.
The following quarters were issued in 2010: Hot Springs National Park (Arkansas),
Yellowstone National Park (Wyoming), Yosemite National Park (California),
Grand Canyon National Park (Arizona) & the Mount Hood National Forest (Oregon).