Alabama State Quarters


Alabama State Quarters are the 22nd variety in a series of fifty design changes over a ten year period from 1999 to 2008. This Quarter was released into circulation on March 17, 2003. The reverse of the Alabama quarter features a portrait of Helen Keller reading a book printed in Braille. Helen Keller lived from 1880 to 1968 and was an accomplished author and lecturer despite losing her sight, hearing, and speech at the age of 19 months due to illness.

Other key designs on the coin include a long-leaf pine branch and flowers on one side. The other side shows the red camellia as the state flower.

The obverse of the coin is identical on all coins in this series. It features a portrait of George Washington with the inscriptions "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA", "QUARTER DOLLAR", "LIBERTY" and "IN GOD WE TRUST" arranged around the portrait.

The reverse of the coin bears the inscriptions "ALABAMA 1819", "HELEN KELLER", "SPIRIT OF COURAGE" and "E PLURIBUS UNUM" along with the date of 2003.

State: Alabama
Nickname: The Heart of Dixie
Ratified on: December 14, 1819
Motto: We Dare Defend Our Rights
Capital: Montgomery
Area: 50,750 square miles
Bird: Yellowhammer
Flower: Camellia
Tree: Southern Pine
Designer: Norman E Nemeth
Launch Date: March 17, 2003
Mintages:
Philadelphia -
225,000,000
Denver - 232,400,000
San Francisco (clad proof) - 3,408,516
San Francisco (silver proof) - 1,125,755



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