Maine State Quarters (Buy on eBay) were released on June 2, 2003 as the twenty-third coin in the State Quarter series. Maine’s original Statehood date was March 15, 1820.
The reverse design features a famous lighthouse near the sea. The inscriptions include the State name, Statehood date, mintage date, and “E Pluribus Unum.” The coin’s reverse was designed by Daniel Carr and engraved by Donna Weaver.
The Permaquid Point Light is located in New Harbor at the entrance to Muscongus Bay and Johns Bay. The lighthouse was constructed in 1826, but later rebuilt. It is one of the state’s most popular tourist attractions.
With the help of the Commission on the Maine State Quarter Design, the governor selected four design concepts to send to the US Mint. The final selection was made based on a popular vote with over 100,000 participating. Other finalist designs included Mount Katahdin, “Nation’s First Light”, and “Where America’s Day Begins”.
The Philadelphia mint produced 217,400,000 coins. The Denver mint produced 231,400,000 coins. The San Francisco Mint produced clad proof and 90% silver proof coins for inclusion in government issued proof sets.
Maine Quarter Mintage
- 2003-P Maine Quarter: 217,400,000
- 2003-D Maine Quarter: 231,400,000
- 2003-S Proof Maine Quarter: 3,408,516
- 2003-S Silver Proof Maine Quarter: 1,125,755
Maine Quarter Specifications
- Designers: William Cousins after John Flanagan (obverse), Daniel Carr (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