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The Story Behind Your State's Quarter

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Kansas
> Joined United States: Jan. 29, 1861 (34th state to join)
> Capital: Topeka
> Population: 2,911,510
> Year quarter produced: 2005

The Kansas coin highlights an image of a buffalo and a sunflower, which is the state flower.

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Kentucky
> Joined United States: June 1, 1792 (15th state to join)
> Capital: Frankfort
> Population: 4,468,402
> Year quarter produced: 2001

On the reverse of the Kentucky quarter is an 19th-century mansion, Federal Hill, a thoroughbred racehorse — a reference to the state’s horse-racing legacy, and the phrase “My Old Kentucky Home.”

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Louisiana
> Joined United States: April 30, 1812 (18th state to join)
> Capital: Baton Rouge
> Population: 4,659,978
> Year quarter produced: 2002

The coin features an image of the state bird, the pelican, a trumpet with musical notes that recognizes the musical genre jazz; and the outline of the Louisiana Purchase territory, bought from France in 1803.

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Maine
> Joined United States: March 15, 1820 (23rd state to join)
> Capital: Augusta
> Population: 1,338,404
> Year quarter produced: 2003

The coin incorporates an image of the Pemaquid Point Light — the present lighthouse was built in 1835 — above a granite coast and a seabound schooner.

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Maryland
> Joined United States: April 28, 1788 (7th state to join)
> Capital: Annapolis
> Population: 6,042,718
> Year quarter produced: 2000

The coin highlights the Maryland Statehouse, which is surrounded by white oak leaf clusters. The white oak is the state tree of Maryland. The quarter also includes the state nickname “The Old Line State.”

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