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Iowa 50 State Quarter

50 State Quarter of Iowa

Iowa State Quarter

Designed by John Mercanti

Released August 30, 2004

Iowa, a Midwestern state, sits between the Missouri and Mississippi rivers. It’s known for its landscape of rolling plains and cornfields. In colonial times, Iowa was a part of French Louisiana and Spanish Louisiana; its state flag is patterned after the flag of France. On December 28, 1846, Iowa became the 29th state to be admitted into the Union. Iowa became the first free state in the old Louisiana Territory.

Mintage: 465,200,000

The Iowa quarter is the fourth of 2004, and the 29th in the 50 State Quarters® Program. The 50 State Quarter of Iowa was released on August 30, 2004 and featuring a one-room schoolhouse with a teacher and students planting a tree - based on "Arbor Day," a painting by Iowan Grant Wood. The classic painting reminds people of Iowa's rural frontier heritage, the importance of agriculture and natural resources to the state's history, and is a testament to Iowa's long standing commitment to education. Inscriptions: Foundation in Education and Grant Wood.

Iowa 50 State Quarter

The Iowa quarter is the fourth of 2004, and the 29th in the 50 State Quarters® Program. On December 28, 1846, Iowa became the 29th state to be admitted into the Union. The Iowa quarter design features a one-room schoolhouse with a teacher and students planting a tree, and the inscriptions "Foundation in Education" and "Grant Wood." The design is based on "Arbor Day," a painting by Grant Wood, who was born near Anamosa, Iowa. He spent his career as a proponent of small-town values, which he celebrated in the iconic images of small-town plain folk and verdant Midwestern vistas for which he is world-renowned.

Iowans have had a commitment to education since the State's earliest days. When Iowa became a state in 1846, it already had a number of rural country schools in each of its counties. Iowa established its first high school in the 1850s, although high schools generally did not become widespread in the United States until after 1900. Private and public colleges also quickly took root in the new State.

Although Iowa has long been a leader in agriculture, the State is unique in that it is the only one whose east and west borders are completely formed by rivers - the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers.

In May 2002, Governor Thomas J. Vilsack established the 16- member Iowa Quarter Commission, which worked with libraries, banks and credit unions to solicit ideas and concepts for the state quarter design. The Commission received nearly 2,000 submissions, which were narrowed to five candidate themes, including "American Gothic," "Foundation in Education," "Feeding the World," "Sullivan Brothers," and "Beautiful Land."

In July 2003, the United States Mint forwarded five approved candidate designs to Governor Vilsack for final recommendation. Three designs were emblematic of the "Feeding the World" theme, and the other two represented the "Young Corn" and "Foundation in Education" concepts. Governor Vilsack chose the "Foundation in Education" design, which was approved by the Secretary of the Treasury on August 26, 2003.

Source: United States Mint's 50 State Quarters Program

50 State Quarters
State Quarters
The 50 State Quarters program (Pub.L. 105-124, 111 Stat. 2534, enacted December 1, 1997) was the release of a series of circulating commemorative coins by the United States Mint. From 1999 through 2008, it featured each of the 50 U.S. states on unique designs for the reverse of the quarter.
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