The 50 State Quarters Program began in 1999 with the first five designs of the series. Coins were issued honoring Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Georgia, and Connecticut. As the earliest State Quarters in the series, these coins set the tone for the next nine years to come. The diversity of symbols and themes ranged from a famous historical figure to state symbols.
You can view detailed information about each quarter including large size images, mintages, and design descriptions by following the links.
Delaware State Quarter
The Delaware Quarter was the first coin in the State Quarter series. It was released on January 4, 1999 and features the famous historical figure Caesar Rodney on horseback. As the first State Quarter this is one of the most widely remembered reverse designs.
Pennsylvania State Quarter
The Pennsylvania Quarter was the second coin in the State Quarter series. It was released on March 8, 1999 and features the statue “Commonwealth.” This design broke from simplicity and contained three elements: the statue, a keystone, and an outline of the state.
New Jersey State Quarter
The New Jersey Quarter was the third coin in the State Quarter series. It was released on May 17, 1999 and features a scene of George Washington crossing the Delaware River. This was one of the more elaborate scenes portrayed on the tiny reverse of the quarter.
Georgia State Quarter
The Georgia Quarter was the fourth coin in the State Quarter series. It was released on July 19, 1999 and features the Georgia peach. The quarter also contains a collection of symbols related to the state including the state tree, state motto, and an outline of the state.
Connecticut State Quarter
The Connecticut Quarter was the fifth coin in the State Quarter series. It was released on October 12, 1999 and features the Charter Oak of Connecticut. Many consider this to be one of the most beautiful designs of the series.