North Dakota State Quarters were released on August 28, 2006 as the thirty-ninth coin in the State Quarter series. North Dakota’s original Statehood date was November 2, 1889.
The North Dakota Quarter reverse design features two American Bison. The inscriptions include the State name, Statehood date, mintage date, and “E Pluribus Unum.” The coin’s reverse was designed and engraved by Donna Weaver.
The North Dakota Badlands are featured in the background of the coin. In the mid 1800s, herds of American Bison or buffalo roamed the region. The area is now a National Park and home to more than 400 buffalo.
The governor created a nine member commission to solicit and review design narratives from the state’s citizens. The commission selected three design concepts and forwarded them to the United States Mint. The governor recommended the Badlands with Bison design, which was accepted and approved by the US Treasury Department. Other design for the North Dakota State Quarter that had been considered included migrating waterfowl and the agriculture industry represented by an aerial view of a modern farm.
The Philadelphia mint produced 305,800,000 coins. The Denver mint produced 359,000,000 coins. The North Dakota Quarter had the highest combined mintage of all 2006 State Quarters. The San Francisco Mint produced clad proof and 90% silver proof coins for inclusion in government issued proof sets.
North Dakota Quarter Mintages
- 2006-P North Dakota Quarter: 305,800,000
- 2006-D North Dakota Quarter: 359,000,000
- 2006-S Proof North Dakota Quarter: 2,882,428
- 2006-S Silver Proof North Dakota Quarter: 1,585,008
North Dakota Quarter Specifications
- Designers: William Cousins after John Flanagan (obverse), Donna Weaver (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