Kansas State Quarters (Buy on eBay) were released on August 29, 2005 as the thirty-fourth coin in the State Quarter series. The original Statehood date of Kansas was January 29, 1861.
The reverse design of the Kansas Quarter features a buffalo and sunflower. The inscriptions include the State name, Statehood date, mintage date, and “E Pluribus Unum.” The coin’s reverse was designed and engraved by Norman Nemeth.
The reverse design features the state animal and state flower of Kansas. Both were found in abundance when the Kansas gained its statehood and are proud symbols of the Nation’s heartland.
The 16 member Kansas Commemorative Coin Commission was created by the governor to narrow the proposed designs to four finalists. The state’s high school students then voted for the “Buffalo and Sunflower” design as the winner. The US Treasury Department gave final approval of the design. Other finalist designs included the statue on the State Capitol, an American Indian archer, a sunflower and wheat, and a single sunflower.
The Philadelphia mint produced 163,400,000 Kansas Quarters with the Denver mint producing 300,000,000. The San Francisco Mint produced clad proof and 90% silver proof coins for inclusion in government issued proof sets.
Kansas Quarter Mintages
- 2005-P Kansas Quarter: 263,400,000
- 2005-D Kansas Quarter: 300,000,000
- 2005-S Proof Kansas Quarter: 3,262,960
- 2005-S Silver Proof Kansas Quarter: 1,678,649
Kansas Quarter Specifications
- Designers: William Cousins after John Flanagan (obverse), Norman Nemeth (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