2000-S US Mint Clad Proof Quarter Coin Set
The 2000-S U.S. Mint Clad Proof Quarter Coin Set includes GEM proof coins in original government packaging from the 50 State Quarters Program. The quarters, designed in the order that the statehoods came into existence, highlight the unique attributes and history of each state. All proof sets were minted in San Francisco and feature the according “S” Mint mark.
The obverse of each State Quarter requires a consistent design featuring a portrait of George Washington and the inscriptions United States of America, Liberty, In God We Trust, and Quarter Dollar. The reverse designs follow a distinct set of guidelines that dictate no bust portraits of any particular figure (living or dead) and that each coin must include state name, statehood date, date of mintage, and E Pluribus Unum (Latin for “out of many” and part of the Great Seal of the United States).
Massachusetts State Quarter
Massachusetts State Quarters were released on January 3, 2000 as the sixth coin in the State Quarter series based on Massachusetts’s original Statehood date of February 6, 1788.
In addition to the required inscriptions, The Minuteman and The Bay State are also included against an outline of the state. The reverse design was created by Thomas D. Rodgers Sr. and shows the historical Minuteman (based on a statue in Minuteman National Historical Park in Concord) and honors the Revolutionary War forces that could assemble to fight at a minutes notice and who were critical in the colonists’ battle for independence.
Maryland State Quarter
Maryland State Quarters were released on March 13, 2000 as the seventh coin in the 50 State Quarters program based on Maryland’s original Statehood date of April 28, 1788.
In addition to the required inscriptions, the reverse includes The Old Line State and features the Maryland Statehouse, the country’s largest wooden dome built without using nails and dating back to 1772. Designed by William J. Krawczewicz and engraved by Thomas D. Rodgers, the coin celebrates the location of the Treaty of Paris, which ended the Revolutionary War and served as the nation’s first peacetime capital.
South Carolina State Quarter
South Carolina State Quarters were released on May 22, 2000 as the eighth coin in the State Quarter series based on South Carolina’s original Statehood May 23, 1788.
In addition to the required inscriptions, the reverse includes The Palmetto State and features the Carolina Wren (the state bird), the Yellow Jessamine (the state flower) and the Palmetto Tree (the state tree). The coin’s reverse was designed and engraved by Thomas D. Rodgers.
New Hampshire State Quarters
New Hampshire State Quarters were released on August 7, 2000 as the ninth coin in the State Quarter series based on New Hampshire’s original Statehood date of June 21, 1788.
In addition to the required inscriptions, the reverse includes the state motto Live Free or Die. Designed and engraved by William Cousins, the coin depicts a now nonexistent rock formation on Mount Cannon in Northern New Hampshire called “The Old Man of the Mountain” because it resembles the profile of an old man gazing eastward. The reverse design also uses nine stars to symbolize New Hampshire being the ninth state added to the Union.
Virginia State Quarter
Virginia State Quarters were released on October 16, 2000 as the tenth coin in the State Quarter series based on Virginia’s original Statehood date was June 25, 1788.
In addition to the required inscriptions, the reverse includes Jamestown 1607-2007 and Quadricentennial which celebrates the 400th anniversary of the first permanent English settlement in America named in honor of King James I. Designed by Edgar M. Stevens IV and engraved by Edgar Z. Steever, the coin features three ships named Susan Constant, Godspeed, and Discovery that brought the first English settlers to America.
The San Francisco Mint produced clad proof and 90% silver proof coins for the 2000 U.S. Mint Clad Proof Quarter Coin Set. Proof coins set the standard of numismatic excellence because of their limited quantities and incomparable production standards. Proof dies are thoroughly polished and each coin is struck at least twice resulting in a distinctive and beautiful frosty appearance with mirror-like surfaces.
The 2000-S US Mint Clad Proof Quarter Coin Set is GEM Proof and in original government packaging. With its historical premise and sequential, easy to follow output, this statehood quarter set is ideal for experienced and beginner collectors alike.
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