Rhode Island State Quarters were released on May 21, 2001 as the thirteenth coin in the State Quarter series. Rhode Island’s original Statehood date was May 29, 1790.
The reverse design features a sailboat on the open sea. The inscriptions include the State name, Statehood date, mintage date, “E Pluribus Unum,” and “The Ocean State.” The coin’s reverse was designed by Daniel Carr and engraved by Thomas D. Rodgers.
The sailboat is shown in Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island with the Pell Bridge in the background. The state has over 400 miles of coastline and over 100 beaches.
The final design for the Rhode Island Quarter was decided by a popular vote from the citizens of Rhode Island, capturing 57% of the votes cast. The design was sent to the Secretary of the Treasury for final approval. Initially, there were more than 500 design concepts received for consideration.
The Philadelphia mint produced 423,000,000 coins. The Denver mint produced 447,100,000 coins. The San Francisco Mint produced clad proof and 90% silver proof coins for inclusion in government issued proof sets.
Rhode Island Quarter Mintages
- 2001-P Rhode Island Quarter: 423,000,000
- 2001-D Rhode Island Quarter: 447,100,000
- 2001-S Proof Rhode Island Quarter: 3,094,140
- 2001-S Silver Proof Rhode Island Quarter: 889,697
Rhode Island Quarter Specifications
- Designers: William Cousins after John Flanagan (obverse), Daniel Car (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