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The Story Behind Your State's Quarter

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Virginia
> Joined United States: June 25, 1788 (10th state to join)
> Capital: Richmond
> Population: 8,517,685
> Year quarter produced: 2000

The three ships that brought the first European settlers to Virginia in 1607 — Susan Constant, Godspeed, and Discovery — are depicted on the quarter.

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Washington
> Joined United States: Nov. 11, 1889 (42nd state to join)
> Capital: Olympia
> Population: 7,535,591
> Year quarter produced: 2007

A salmon surging out of the stream in front of Mount Rainier is featured on Washington’s quarter, which also includes the state nickname “The Evergreen State.”

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West Virginia
> Joined United States: June 20, 1863 (35th state to join)
> Capital: Charleston
> Population: 1,805,832
> Year quarter produced: 2005

West Virginia’s coin highlights the beauty of the New River and the New River Gorge Bridge.

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Wisconsin
> Joined United States: May 29, 1848 (30th state to join)
> Capital: Madison
> Population: 5,813,568
> Year quarter produced: 2004

Wisconsin’s quarter, themed “Forward,” pays tribute to the state’s agricultural character with a cow’s head, a round of cheese, and an ear of corn.

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Wyoming
> Joined United States: July 10, 1890 (44th state to join)
> Capital: Cheyenne
> Population: 577,737
> Year quarter produced: 2007

Wyoming’s cowboy heritage is depicted on its quarter with an image of a bucking horse and rider as well as its nickname “The Equality State.” Wyoming was the first U.S. state to grant women the right to vote, in 1869.

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