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Commemorative State Quarter
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Note: All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint
Coin Issued: November 10, 2008 - the 5th coin released in 2008
Statehood: August 21, 1959 - the 50th State
Inscriptions: "Hawaii 1959", "UA MAU KE EA O KA 'AINA I KA PONO" ("The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness").
Description: To the right is King Kamehameha I, with his left arm stretched above the islands of Hawaii. King Kamehameha I united the Hawaiian Islands in 1810.
To the lower left is Hawaii's State Motto: UA MAU KE EA O KA 'AINA I KA PONO ("The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness").
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 Don Everhart (search the coin for the engraver's initials: 'de').
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 Hawaii Quarter:
Number of Hawaii Quarters Minted:
America-the-Beautiful Quarter Series:
The quarter for Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park (located on the Big Island of Hawaii) was issued in 2012, the fourth coin issued in 2012 and the 14th coin (of 56) in the America-the-Beautiful Quarter series.
The following quarters were issued in 2012: El Yunque National Forest (Puerto Rico), Chaco Culture National Historical Park (New Mexico), Acadia National Park (Maine), Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park (Hawaii) & Denali National Park (Alaska).
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