• Creator
  • Illinois Heritage Association
  • Created Date
  • 02/18/03
  • Description
  • Seated Liberty, with staff and cap. Overhead are stars for the thirteen colonies. Although the United States Mint began issuing coins in 1793, at first only cents and half-cents were struck. This was partly due to the fact that the Chief Coiner and Assayer had to post high bonds in order to work with silver and gold. Congress lowered this requirement and the first quarters were made in 1796. When designs for coins were fist suggested, several ... more
    Seated Liberty, with staff and cap. Overhead are stars for the thirteen colonies. Although the United States Mint began issuing coins in 1793, at first only cents and half-cents were struck. This was partly due to the fact that the Chief Coiner and Assayer had to post high bonds in order to work with silver and gold. Congress lowered this requirement and the first quarters were made in 1796. When designs for coins were fist suggested, several samples were created. Washington ordered some with his likeness on them destroyed and suggested an idealized head of Liberty. Still Congress debated the matter. Some felt that it would be an appropriate honor. Others felt it suggested a monarchy. Liberty won out. The image of George Washington appeared on the quarter in 1932 in honor of the two hundredth anniversary of his birth. The Washington quarters continue to this date, but have had several changes in design. By 2008 there will be fifty new quarter designs in circulation, representing the fifty states. Source: Taxay, Don. New York: Arco Publishing Company, 1966. How we learn about communities; Communities and Geography; History of Money. 15 Economics; 16 History. less
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