South Carolina State Quarters (Buy on eBay) were released on May 22, 2000 as the eighth coin in the State Quarter series. South Carolina’s original Statehood date was May 23, 1788.
The reverse design features an outline of the state and a collection of the state’s symbols. The inscriptions include the State name, Statehood date, mintage date, “E Pluribus Unum,” and “The Palmetto State.” The coin’s reverse was designed and engraved by Thomas D. Rodgers
The Carolina Wren is the state bird. The Yellow Jessamine is the state flower. The Palmetto Tree is the state tree. All three symbols are featured on the reverse design of the quarter.
The final design was selected by the governor after initial review and approval by the United States Treasury Secretary, Citizens Commemorative Coin Advisory Committee, and Fine Arts Commission. Initial designs were accepted by the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism. They had started accepting design suggestions beginning in 1998.
The Philadelphia mint produced 373,400,000 coins. The Denver mint produced 401,424,000 coins. The San Francisco Mint produced clad proof and 90% silver proof coins for inclusion in government issued proof sets.
South Carolina Quarter Mintages
- 2000-P South Carolina Quarter: 373,400,000
- 2000-D South Carolina Quarter: 401,424,000
- 2000-S Proof South Carolina Quarter: 4,020,172
- 2000-S Silver Proof South Carolina Quarter: 965,421
South Carolina 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