Kentucky State Quarters were released on October 15, 2001 as the fifteenth coin in the State Quarter series. Kentucky’s original Statehood date was June 1, 1792.
The reverse design features “My Old Kentucky Home.” The inscriptions include the State name, Statehood date, mintage date, “E Pluribus Unum,” and “My Old Kentucky Home.” The coin’s reverse was designed and engraved by T. James Farrell.
The stately mansion, Federal Hill, is shown with a thoroughbred racehorse in the foreground. Kentucky is famous for its racehorses and the annual Kentucky Derby. The state song is “My Old Kentucky Home.”
The final design was selected by popular vote from the residents of Kentucky. Over 50,000 residents cast their votes during the three day voting period. The design was sent to the United States Secretary of the Treasury for final approval. Initially more than 1,800 design suggestions had been provided by Kentucky citizens.
The Philadelphia mint produced 353,000,000 coins. The Denver mint produced 370,564,000 coins. The San Francisco Mint produced clad proof and 90% silver proof coins for inclusion in government issued proof sets.
Kentucky Quarter Mintages
- 2001-P Kentucky Quarter: 353,000,000
- 2001-D Kentucky Quarter: 370,564,000
- 2001-S Proof Kentucky Quarter: 3,094,140
- 2001-S Silver Proof Kentucky Quarter: 889,697
Kentucky 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