Maine 50 State Quarter

50 State Quarter of Maine

Maine State Quarter

Designed by Donna Weaver

Released June 2, 2003

Maine, the northeastern most state in the US, is known for its rocky coastline, long maritime history and abundant parks and reserves, including the famed granite and spruce islands of Acadia National Park. Maine became the 23rd state on March 15, 1820. Its admission to the Union balanced the simultaneous admission of Missouri as a slave state. What is now the state of Maine was, before statehood, called the District of Maine and belonged to Massachusetts.

Mintage: 448,800,000

The Maine quarter is the third quarter of 2003, and the 23rd in the 50 State Quarters® Program. The 50 State Quarter of Maine was released on June 2, 2003, featuring the Pemaquid Point Light Station and a schooner at sea. One of Maine's most popular tourist attractions, the Light Station is located in New Harbor and marks the entrance to Muscongus Bay and Johns Bay. The point was the scene of many shipwrecks through the centuries, including the 1635 wreck of the British ship Angel Gabriel. The first lighthouse at the station was commissioned in 1826 to provide improved safety for the increasing maritime trade, fishing, and the shipping of lumber along the Maine coast.

Maine 50 State Quarter

The Maine quarter is the third quarter of 2003, and the 23rd in the 50 State Quarters® Program. Maine became the 23rd state to be admitted into the Union, as part of the Missouri Compromise on March 15, 1820. The Maine quarter design incorporates a rendition of the Pemaquid Point Light atop a granite coast and of a schooner at sea.

Pemaquid Point Light is located in New Harbor, and marks the entrance to Muscongus Bay and Johns Bay. Since the beginning of ship activity in the area, a shoal created hazardous navigation conditions, causing many shipwrecks. As maritime trade increased in the area, so did the need for a lighthouse. In 1826, Congress appropriated funds to build a lighthouse at Pemaquid Point. Although the original building was replaced in 1835, and the original 10 lamps in 1856, the light is still a beacon for ships and remains one of Maine's most popular tourist attractions. The schooner resembles "Victory Chimes, " the last three-masted schooner of the Windjammer Fleet. "Victory Chimes" has become synonymous with Maine windjamming.

In March 2001, Governor Angus King established the Commission on the Maine State Quarter Design. The Commission reviewed many concepts before choosing three to forward to the Governor for recommendation. Governor King added a fourth concept to the three concepts the Commission recommended and forwarded them to the United States Mint. The United States Mint then returned four candidate designs based on the concepts. They included "Nation's First Light," "Where America's Day Begins," Mt. Katahdin, and the lighthouse at Pemaquid Point. The Pemaquid Point Light design was chosen by popular vote, with over 100,000 Maine residents participating.

Source: United States Mint's 50 State Quarters Program

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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.