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The Story Behind Your State's Quarter

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Massachusetts
> Joined United States: Feb. 6, 1788 (6th state to join)
> Capital: Boston
> Population: 6,902,149
> Year quarter produced: 2000

The Massachusetts quarter features an outline of the state and the likeness of the Minuteman of the American Revolution, who fought the British in the first two battles of the American Revolutionary War. The Massachusetts nickname, “The Bay State,” is on the reverse side of the coin.

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Michigan
> Joined United States: Jan. 26, 1837 (26th state to join)
> Capital: Lansing
> Population: 9,995,915
> Year quarter produced: 2004

The quarter shows an outline of Michigan and the Great Lakes and its nickname, “The Great Lakes State.”

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Minnesota
> Joined United States: May 11, 1858 (32nd state to join)
> Capital: St. Paul
> Population: 5,611,179
> Year quarter produced: 2005

Water is the theme on the Minnesota coin: a tree-lined lake with people fishing, a loon on the water, and the state nickname, “Land of 10,000 Lakes.”

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Mississippi
> Joined United States: Dec. 10, 1817 (20th state to join)
> Capital: Jackson
> Population: 2,986,530
> Year quarter produced: 2002

The Mississippi quarter features the blossoms and leaves of the state flower, the magnolia. Mississippi is known as “The Magnolia State.”

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Missouri
> Joined United States: Aug. 10, 1821 (24th state to join)
> Capital: Jefferson City
> Population: 6,126,452
> Year quarter produced: 2003

The Missouri quarter highlights the return of explorers Lewis and Clark to St. Louis, with the Gateway Arch in the background and the phrase “Corps of Discovery.”

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