Wisconsin State Quarters (Buy on eBay) were released on October 25, 2004 as the thirtieth coin in the State Quarter series. Wisconsin’s original Statehood date was May 29, 1848.
The reverse design of the Wisconsin Quarter features a cow, cheese, and an ear of corn. The inscriptions include the State name, Statehood date, mintage date, “E Pluribus Unum,” and a banner with the word “Forward.” The coin’s reverse was designed and engraved by Alfred Maletsky.
Wisconsin produces over 15% of the Nation’s milk and over 250 varieties of cheese. Wisconsin is also one of the main corn producers of the United States. The banner “Forward” is the state’s motto due to its drive to become a national leader.
The 23 member Wisconsin Commemorative Quarter Council reviewed over 9,000 design suggestions from the state’s residents and narrowed them to six finalists. A statewide vote was held to determine the top three designs to forward to the United States Mint. Another vote was held to select the final design. Other designs considered but not selected included “Scenic Wisconsin” and “Early Exploration and Cultural Interaction”.
The Philadelphia mint produced 226,400,000 coins. The Denver mint produced 226,800,000 coins. The Wisconsin State Quarter had the lowest mintage of all of the 2004 Quarters. The San Francisco Mint produced clad proof and 90% silver proof coins for inclusion in government issued proof sets.
Wisconsin Quarter Mintages
- 2004-P Wisconsin Quarter: 226,400,000
- 2004-D Wisconsin Quarter: 226,800,000
- 2004-S Proof Wisconsin Quarter: 2,740,684
- 2004-S Silver Proof Wisconsin Quarter: 1,769,786
Wisconsin Quarter Specifications
- Designers: William Cousins after John Flanagan (obverse), Alfred Maletsky (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