Kansas 50 State Quarter

50 State Quarter of Kansas

Kansas State Quarter

Designed by Norman E. Nemeth

Released August 29, 2005

Kansas is a Midwestern state that epitomizes the US heartland with its Great Plains setting of rolling wheat fields. Kansas became a free state on January 29, 1861, the 34th state, known as Bleeding Kansas, after seven years of bloody feuding between residents over whether to be admitted as a slave or free state..

Mintage: 563,400,000

The fourth quarter to be released in 2005 commemorates the State of Kansas. The 50 State Quarter of Kansas was released on August 29, 2005 and featuring a sunflower, the state flower, and a buffalo, the state animal. Millions of buffalo once roamed the Kansas prairie. Although the wild Plains Bison was largely gone by the late 19th century, they now roam the state again on private land and in state parks. In addition to its natural beauty, the sunflower is an important part of Kansas agriculture. Sunflower oil is a valued staple and sunflower seeds are enjoyed as a healthy snack and nutritious ingredient to many foods.

Kansas 50 State Quarter

The fourth quarter to be released in 2005 commemorates the State of Kansas. On January 29, 1861, the "Sunflower State" became the 34th state to be admitted into the Union. Kansas marks the 34th coin to be issued in the United States Mint's popular 50 State Quarters® Program, and features a buffalo and sunflower motif, emblematic of the State's history and natural beauty.

The Kansas commemorative quarter incorporates two of the State's most beloved symbols, the state animal and flower, the buffalo and the sunflower. Each of these two design elements is a visual reminder of our Nation's heartland. They feature prominently in the history of the territory, and both were found in abundance throughout the State in the middle of the 19th century when Kansas gained its statehood. With its release in the Fall of 2005, it is the second United States circulating coin of 2005 to carry an image of the buffalo.

In June of 2003, Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius announced the creation of the 16-member Kansas Commemorative Coin Commission to narrow the search for Kansas' quarter design to four finalists. The winning design was then recommended by the State's high school students in a statewide vote held in the Spring of 2004. In addition to the winning design, the other finalists included an image of the statue that sits atop the State Capitol - an American Indian archer aiming his bow skyward, toward the North Star, an image of a sunflower with wheat, and a design that featured a single sunflower. The Department of Treasury approved the "Buffalo and Sunflower" design on July 13, 2004.

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.