Georgia State Quarters were released on July 19, 1999 as the fourth coin in the State Quarter series. Georgia’s original Statehood date was January 2, 1788.
The reverse design features the Georgia peach, an outline of the state, the state tree, and the state motto. The inscriptions include the State name, Statehood date, mintage date, and “E Pluribus Unum.” The coin’s reverse was designed and engraved by T. James Ferrell.
The Peach is often used as a representation of Georgia. The springs bordering the outline of the state are from the Live Oak, Georgia’s state tree. The state motto hangs on a banner above the peach, reading “Wisdom, Justice, Moderation.”
The final design was selected by the governor after initial review and approval by the Secretary of the Treasury, Citizens Commemorative Coin Advisory Committee, Fine Arts Commission, and the Georgia Council for the Arts. The concept of a design incorporating various elements representing the state would be used several more times in the series.
The Philadelphia mint produced 451,188,000 coins. The Denver mint produced 488,744,000 coins. The San Francisco Mint produced clad proof and 90% silver proof coins for inclusion in government issued proof sets.
Georgia Quarter Mintages
- 1999-P Georgia Quarter: 451,188,000
- 1999-D Georgia Quarter: 488,744,000
- 1999-S Proof Georgia Quarter: 3,713,359
- 1999-S Silver Proof Georgia Quarter: 804,565
Georgia Quarter Specifications
- Designers: William Cousins after John Flanagan (obverse), T. James Farrell (reverse)
- Composition: 91.67% copper, 8.33% nickel (clad), 90% silver, 10% copper (silver proof)
- Diameter: 24.26 mm
- Weight: 5.67 grams
- Thickness: 1.75 mm
- Edge: Reeded