Coin Issued: November 6, 2006 - the 5th coin released in 2006
Statehood: November 2, 1889
- the 40th State (South Dakota and North Dakota both were admitted on the same day)
Inscription: "South Dakota 1889"
Description: A Chinese ring-necked pheasant in flight above the Mount Rushmore National Memorial.
On the left and right of the coin are heads of wheat.
South Dakota's State Bird is the Chinese Ring-Necked Pheasant.
At the bottom of the coin is the issue date (2006) 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 John Mercanti
(search the coin for the engraver's initials: 'jm').
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 South Dakota Quarter:
|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 South Dakota Quarters Minted:
|Denver (D):|| 265,800,000|
|Philadelphia (P):|| 245,000,000|
America-the-Beautiful Quarter Series:
The quarter for the Mount Rushmore National Memorial
(located southwest of Rapid City, SD) was issued in 2013,
the last coin issued in 2013 and the 20th 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).