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Michigan 50 State Quarter

50 State Quarter of Michigan

Michigan State Quarter

Designed by Donna Weaver

Released January 26, 2004

Michigan  is a state located in the Great Lakes and midwestern regions of the United States bordering 4 of the Great Lakes. It contains more than 11,000 inland lakes, spread across its lower and upper peninsulas. Michigan is the only state to consist of two peninsulas.  On January 26, 1837, Michigan became the 26th state to be admitted into the Union.

Mintage: 459,600,000

The Michigan quarter is the first of 2004, and the 26th in the United States Mint's 50 State Quarters® Program. The 50 State Quarter of Michigan was released on January 26, 2004, featuring the outline of the State and the Great Lakes system. From 1825 when the opening of the Erie Canal connected the Great Lakes and the Hudson River and New York City, until modern times, much of Michigan's social and economic history and livelihood is tied to the Great Lakes. Michigan shores meet four of the five Great Lakes - Lake Superior, Lake Michigan, Lake Huron and Lake Erie. Inscription: Great Lakes State.

Michigan 50 State Quarter

The Michigan quarter is the first of 2004, and the 26th in the United States Mint's 50 State Quarters® Program. On January 26, 1837, Michigan became the 26th state to be admitted into the Union. The Michigan quarter depicts the outline of the State and the Great Lakes system. The quarter is inscribed "Great Lakes State."

As indicated by the State's nickname, much of Michigan's history is tied to the Great Lakes - Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie and Ontario. These are five of the world's largest lakes that, together, encompass more than 38,000 square miles and form the largest body of fresh water in the world. Michigan is the only State that borders four of the five Great Lakes, more than any other state. Standing anywhere in the State, a person is within 85 miles of one of the Great Lakes. To assist in navigating, Michigan has 116 lighthouses and navigational lights.

On November 28, 2001, Governor John Engler established the 25-member Michigan Quarter Commission. The Commission members consisted of individuals from the fields of education, art, history, and numismatics. The Commission solicited recommendations for design concepts from the residents of the State and received over 4,300 suggestions. The Commission narrowed the entries down to five candidate concepts that were approved by Governor Engler, and forwarded them to the United States Mint on May 10, 2002. Other design concepts considered included "Michigan State Outline, with Great Lakes and State Icons," "Michigan State Outline, with Great Lakes and the Mackinac Bridge," "Michigan State Outline, with the Mackinac Bridge and Automobile," and "Michigan State Outline, with Great Lakes and Automobile." 

In September 2003, following a consultation with the Michigan Quarter Commission, Governor Jennifer Granholm selected the Great Lakes design.

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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