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The Story Behind Your State's Quarter

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Colorado
> Joined United States: Aug. 1, 1876 (38th state to join)
> Capital: Denver
> Population: 5,695,564
> Year quarter produced: 2006

The Colorado quarter features the Rocky Mountains and evergreen trees as well as the phrase “Colorful Colorado.”

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Connecticut
> Joined United States: Jan. 9, 1788 (5th state to join)
> Capital: Hartford
> Population: 3,572,665
> Year quarter produced: 1999

An image of the Charter Oak Tree is on the coin. The tree is important in Connecticut history because colonists in the 17th century hid the charter — it granted them autonomy — from England’s King James II and the royal governor, who had disapproved of it, in an oak tree.

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Delaware
> Joined United States: Dec. 7, 1787 (1st state to join)
> Capital: Dover
> Population: 967,171
> Year quarter produced: 1999

The quarter commemorates Caesar Rodney’s historic 80-mile horseback ride in 1776 to Philadelphia’s Independence Hall, where he cast the decisive vote for Delaware, which voted for independence from Great Britain.

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Florida
> Joined United States: March 3, 1845 (27th state to join)
> Capital: Tallahassee
> Population: 21,299,325
> Year quarter produced: 2004

The coin’s images include a 16th-century Spanish galleon, a space shuttle, and a stand of Sabal palm trees, all shown over the phrase “Gateway to Discovery.”

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Georgia
> Joined United States: Jan. 2, 1788 (4th state to join)
> Capital: Atlanta
> Population: 10,519,475
> Year quarter produced: 1999

The Georgia quarter features the peach — it is called the Peach State — a silhouette of the state, oak sprigs, and the state motto, “Wisdom, Justice, Moderation.”

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