Missouri Statehood Quarter
Issue Date: August 4, 2003
Issue Quantity (Denver Mint): 228,200,000
Issue Quantity (Philadelphia Mint): 225,000,000
Total Issue Quantity: 453,200,000
Missouri State Quarter Design Elements: Gateway Arch, Lewis and Clark returning down Missouri River and “Corps of Discover 1804-2004”
When Congress authorized the United States Mint to begin issuing new quarter dollars saluting each of America’s 50 great states – with five quarter dollars being struck yearly from 1999 through 2008 – collectors were excited. Never before had there been a series of U.S. coins honoring each of our 50 states.
Following a lengthy design selection process by each state, these historic coins were issued in sequence according to when each state entered the Union. U.S. territories and possession were also included in the popular program.
The obverse (front) of each coin pictures a modified version of the existing George Washington quarter dollar, while the reverse vividly captures that specific state’s heritage and honors its unique contribution to the nation. Symbolically and artistically, statehood quarters capture the rich history of America like no other coins.
Collectors couldn’t help being concerned, however, because the coins were being struck at both the Philadelphia and Denver Mints. Since this meant that every quarter dollar would not be released for circulation in every state, the odds against anyone collecting a complete set of all 100 of these historic quarter dollars were enormous. And it didn’t help that the last circulating U.S. commemoratives – the 1976 Bicentennial coins – are rarely found in circulation today.
All 100 historic coins from both mints are available through Mystic in brilliant uncirculated condition, allowing you to complete your collection as needed.