Virginia State Quarters were released on October 16, 2000 as the tenth coin in the State Quarter series. Virginia’s original Statehood date was June 25, 1788.
The reverse design honors the Quadricentennial of Jamestown. The inscriptions include the State name, Statehood date, mintage date, “E Pluribus Unum,” “Jamestown 1607-2007” and “Quadricentennial.” The coin’s reverse was designed by Edgar M. Stevens IV and engraved by Edgar Z. Steever.
Jamestown, Virginia was the first permanent English settlement in America. The design features three ships named Susan Constant, Godspeed, and Discovery that brought the first English settlers to Jamestown. The settlers arrived on May 12, 1607 and named the settlement in honor of King James I.
The final design was selected by the governor after receiving input from the citizens of Virginia. The design concept was sent to the Secretary of the Treasury for final approval. Initially, there were thousands of design ideas received from the public.
Notably, the Jamestown Settlement was also the subject of a commemorative coin program later released in 2007, the year of the actual 400th anniversary.
The Philadelphia mint produced 943,000,000 coins. The Denver mint produced 651,616,000 coins. With a combined mintage of nearly 1.6 billion, this marked the highest mintage any State Quarter for the entire series.
Virginia Quarter Mintages
- 2000-P Virginia Quarter: 943,000,000
- 2000-D Virginia Quarter: 651,616,000
- 2000-S Proof Virginia Quarter: 4,020,172
- 2000-S Silver Proof Virginia Quarter: 965,421
Virginia Quarter Specifications
- Designers: William Cousins after John Flanagan (obverse), Edgar M Stevens IV (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