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The Story Behind Your State's Quarter

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Hawaii
> Joined United States: Aug. 21, 1959 (50th state to join)
> Capital: Honolulu
> Population: 1,420,491
> Year quarter produced: 2008

Hawaiian monarch King Kamehameha I, founder and first ruler of the Kingdom of Hawaii in 1810, is featured on the coin, and is shown extending his hand toward the eight Hawaiian Islands.

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Idaho
> Joined United States: July 3, 1890 (43rd state to join)
> Capital: Boise
> Population: 1,754,208
> Year quarter produced: 2007

An image of a Peregrine falcon graces the coin, as well as an outline of the state and its motto, “Esto Perpetua” (“May it be Forever).”

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Illinois
> Joined United States: Dec. 3, 1818 (21st state to join)
> Capital: Springfield
> Population: 12,741,080
> Year quarter produced: 2003

The reverse side of the coin highlights an image of a young Abraham Lincoln (Illinois’ slogan is “Land of Lincoln”) within an outline of the state, a farm scene, and the Chicago skyline.

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Indiana
> Joined United States: Dec. 11, 1816 (19th state to join)
> Capital: Indianapolis
> Population: 6,691,878
> Year quarter produced: 2002

On the reverse side of the coin is an image of a racecar superimposed on an outline of the state, a nod to the Indianapolis 500 race with the phrase “Crossroads of America.” Nineteen stars is a reference to the fact that Indiana was the 19th state admitted into the Union.

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Iowa
> Joined United States: Dec. 28, 1846 (29th state to join)
> Capital: Des Moines
> Population: 3,156,145
> Year quarter produced: 2004

Iowa’s design is based on “Arbor Day” a painting depicting a schoolhouse in Cedar Rapids as it might have looked in the 1890s by noted American artist Grant Wood (also famous for “American Gothic”), who was born near Anamosa, Iowa. Also included is the inscription “Foundation in Education.”

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