Michigan State Quarters (Buy on eBay) were released on January 26, 2004 as the twenty-sixth coin in the State Quarter series. Michigan’s original Statehood date was January 26, 1837.
The reverse design features Michigan and the Great Lakes. The inscriptions include the State name, Statehood date, mintage date, “E Pluribus Unum,” and “Great Lakes State.” The coin’s reverse was designed and engraved by Donna Weaver.
The five Great Lakes are Lake Superior, Lake Michigan, Lake Huron, Lake Erie, and Lake Ontario. Four of the five lakes border Michigan and much of the states history is tied to the famous bodies of water.
A twenty-five member Michigan Quarter Commission reviewed over 4,000 design submissions from the state’s residents. Five designs were chosen and forwarded to the US Mint. The governor selected the final design after consultation with the Commission. Other designs which were considered included the Great Lakes and State Icons, Mackinac Bridge, and the Automobile.
The Philadelphia mint produced 233,800,000 coins. The Denver mint produced 225,800,000 coins. The San Francisco Mint produced clad proof and 90% silver proof coins for inclusion in government issued proof sets.
Michigan Quarter Mintages
- 2004-P Michigan Quarter: 233,800,000
- 2004-D Michigan Quarter: 225,800,000
- 2004-S Proof Michigan Quarter: 2,740,684
- 2004-S Silver Proof Michigan Quarter: 1,769,786
Michigan 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