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The Story Behind Your State's Quarter

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Alabama
> Joined United States: Dec. 14, 1819 (22nd state to join)
> Capital: Montgomery
> Population: 4,887,871
> Year quarter produced: 2003

The state’s quarter highlights an image of Helen Keller, who was born in Alabama and was the first blind/deaf person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree. Her name appears in both English and in Braille. Also included is an Alabama longleaf pine branch with magnolias on the side of the design. The phrase the “Spirit of Courage” underlines the image.

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Alaska
> Joined United States: Jan. 3, 1959 (49th state to join)
> Capital: Juneau
> Population: 737,438
> Year quarter produced: 2008

Alaska’s quarter features a grizzly bear emerging from a stream with a salmon in its jaw.

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Arizona
> Joined United States: Feb. 14, 1912 (48th state to join)
> Capital: Phoenix
> Population: 7,171,646
> Year quarter produced: 2008

The reverse side of Arizona’s quarter is an image of the Grand Canyon with a Saguaro cactus in the foreground. The state slogan, “Grand Canyon State,” divides the images.

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Arkansas
> Joined United States: June 15, 1836 (25th state to join)
> Capital: Little Rock
> Population: 3,013,825
> Year quarter produced: 2003

Arkansas’ quarter has an image of rice stalks, a diamond, and a mallard in flight.

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California
> Joined United States: Sept. 9, 1850 (31st state to join)
> Capital: Sacramento
> Population: 39,557,045
> Year quarter produced: 2005

The image of naturalist and conservationist John Muir is shown in Yosemite Valley, which he helped make a national park. Also on the quarter is a soaring condor.

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