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South Carolina 50 State Quarter

50 State Quarter of South Carolina

South Carolina State Quarter

Designed by Thomas D. Rodgers

Released May 22, 2000

South Carolina is a southeastern US state known for its shoreline of subtropical beaches and marsh-like sea islands. South Carolina, one of the thirteen colonies, became the eighth state on May 23, 1788. South Carolina was the first state to ratify the Articles of Confederation and the eighth state to ratify the U.S. Constitution on May 23, 1788. South Carolina became the first state to vote to secede from the Union on December 20, 1860. After the American Civil War, it was readmitted into the United States on June 25, 1868

Mintage: 1,308,784,000

The South Carolina quarter, the eighth coin released under the 50 State Quarters Program® shows key state symbols. The 50 State Quarter of South Carolina was released on May 22, 2000, featuring a Palmetto Tree, the Carolina Wren and the Yellow Jessamine over an outline of the state. The importance of the Palmetto Tree, the state tree, dates back to the Revolutionary War when colonists in a small fort built of Palmetto logs successfully defeated a British fleet trying to capture Charleston Harbor. Inscription: The Palmetto State.

South Carolina 50 State Quarter

The South Carolina quarter, the eighth coin released under the 50 State Quarters Program® shows key state symbols- a Palmetto Tree, the Carolina Wren and the Yellow Jessamine. An outline of South Carolina, the nickname "The Palmetto State" and a star indicating the capital, Columbia, form the quarter's background.

The Carolina Wren, the state bird, and the Yellow Jessamine, the state flower, are native throughout South Carolina; the importance of the Palmetto Tree, the state tree, dates back to the Revolutionary War. In 1776, colonists in a small fort built of Palmetto logs successfully defeated a British fleet trying to capture Charleston Harbor. Since then, South Carolina has been called "The Palmetto State."

Beginning in 1998, the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism (PRT) accepted quarter design suggestions. Contributions came from PRT's offices, school children and the South Carolina Numismatic Society.

From these contributions, PRT compiled five semi-finalist design concepts. The Citizens Commemorative Coin Advisory Committee and the Fine Arts Commission narrowed these five semi-finalist design concepts down to three choices. Governor Jim Hodges then made his final decision, indicating that the Palmetto Tree represents South Carolina's strength; the Carolina Wren's song symbolizes the hospitality of the state's people; and the Yellow Jessamine, a delicate golden bloom-a sign of coming spring-is part of South Carolina's vast natural beauty.

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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