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Commemorative State Quarter
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Note: All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint
Coin Issued: March 13, 2000 - the 2nd coin released in 2000
Statehood: April 28, 1788 - the 7th State
Inscriptions: "Maryland 1788", "The Old Line State"
Description: The coin features the Dome of Maryland's State House. On the right and left edges of the coin are White Oak clusters. On either side of the Dome is Maryland's nickname: "The Old Line State".
The distinctive Maryland State House dates back to 1772 and is topped by a wooden dome. It is the oldest state house still in legislative use.
The Dome is the country's largest wooden dome and is built without nails (using wooden pegs instead). The Dome is topped by a "Franklin" lighting rod, which was constructed and grounded according to Benjamin Franklin's specifications. It was designed by Joseph Clark and completed in 1794.
The Continental Congress operated from the Maryland State House between 1783 and 1784. It was here that:
- George Washington resigned his commission from the Continental Army (December 23rd, 1783)
- The Treaty of Paris was ratified, thereby ending the Revolutionary War (January 14th, 1784)
- The Annapolis Convention issued the call for a convention to meet at Philadelphia with the purpose of considering fundamental changes to the Articles of Confederation and this led to the Constitutional Convention (September 14th, 1786).
The White Oak is Maryland's State Tree.
At the bottom of the coin is the issue date (2000) 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 (the State-side of the Quarter) was created by Thomas D. Rodgers, with the design being done by William J. Krawczewicz.
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 Maryland Quarter:
Number of Maryland Quarters Minted:
America-the-Beautiful Quarter Series:
The quarter for the Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine (located at Baltimore, MD) was issued in 2013, the fourth coin issued in 2013 and the 19th coin (of 56) in the America-the-Beautiful Quarter series.
The following quarters were issued in 2013: White Mountain National Forest (New Hampshire), Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial (Ohio), Great Basin National Park (Nevada), Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine (Maryland) & Mount Rushmore National Memorial (South Dakota).
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|This page was last modified: 15 May 2018|
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