Massachusetts State Quarters (Buy on eBay) were released on January 3, 2000 as the sixth coin in the State Quarter series. Massachusetts’s original Statehood date was February 6, 1788.
The reverse design features “The Minuteman” against an outline of the state. The inscriptions include the State name, Statehood date, mintage date, “E Pluribus Unum,” and “The Bay State.” The coin’s reverse was designed and engraved by Thomas D. Rodgers Sr.
“The Minuteman” is a famous statue that stands guard at the Minuteman National Historical Park in Concord, Massachusetts. The Minutemen were important Revolutionary War forces of regular farmers and colonists who could assemble to fight at a minutes notice.
The final design was selected by the governor after initial review and approval by the United States Secretary of the Treasury, Citizens Commemorative Coin Advisory Committee, and Fine Arts Commission. All initial design concepts for the quarter were gathered from Massachusetts elementary school students who had submitted more than 100 different proposals.
The Philadelphia mint produced 628,600,000 coins. The Denver mint produced 535,184,000 coins. The San Francisco Mint produced clad proof and 90% silver proof coins for inclusion in government issued proof sets.
Massachusetts Quarter Mintages
- 2000-P Massachusetts Quarter: 628,600,000
- 2000-D Massachusetts Quarter: 535,184,000
- 2000-S Proof Massachusetts Quarter: 4,020,172
- 2000-S Silver Proof Massachusetts Quarter: 965,421
Massachusetts Quarter Specifications
- Designers: William Cousins after John Flanagan (obverse), Thomas D. Rodgers (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