GAMES

Coin Collecting: The 50 State Quarter Program

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Title: The Palm of Alpha Tau Omega
Year: 1880 (1880s)
Authors: Alpha Tau Omega
Subjects: Greek letter societies
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Contributing Library: University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
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he railroad. Thefollowing year there were more snowtrains as more and more city people be-gan to take up skiing for sport. In thewinter of 1937, more than 70,000 peopleused the snow trains, while those whoreached the trails by private car wereprobably far in excess of that number.The sport has experienced a boom! The minimum cost for equipment—skiis, bindings, boots and poles—isabout . Many new trails have been cut by theC.C.C.s on mountains throughout thesnow belts, making it easier for everyoneto enjoy invigorating, healthful sport.The trend toward skiing for pleasuretaught people that the sport was notonly for the daring young men who hadgrown up on skiis, but that anyone couldpick it up with a minimum of instruc-tion. 1936 OLYMPICS IN GERMANY In the 1935 Olmpic tryouts at LakePlacid I placed third in the combinedevent and was again selected by theOlympic committee to represent theUnited States at the Winter OlympicGames to be held in Germany in Febru- THE SKIS THE LIMIT 381

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EDDIE BLOOD, twice a member of the Olympic team, making a ski jump at Lake Placid, New York. ary 1936. Garmisch-Partenkirchen, twincities in the Bavarian Alps, were selectedfor the fourth Winter Olympic Games. During the training period there w^asvery little snow, but on the night beforeand on the day of the opening ceremonysnow fell steadily leaving the groundcovered with a nice blanket which lastedduring the Games. The opening ceremony was, in itself,impressive. Approximately 1,000 com-petitors representing 28 nations marchedinto the ski stadium and were arrangedin lines facing it. There stood Chancel-lor Hitler and 50,000 spectators. At asignal the flag bearers of each countrymarched forward and formed in a semi-circle before the Fuhrer who officiallyopened the Games. The Olympic flagwas raised and the Olympic fire whichburned during the Games was started. Let me add here, that every memberof the American team received the mosthospitable treatment while at Garmischand we made many

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Coin collecting is one of the most popular hobbies all around the world. “Coinophiles” are everywhere. And why not? Coin collections are great educational and historical hobbies that people have treasured for centuries. One favorite type of collection that coin collectors like is National coins or coins that represent patriotism, particularly in the United States. The 50 State Quarter Collection is a series of commemorative coins between 1999 and 2008. Enacted in December or 1997, each of the 50 individual U.S. states was featured with unique designs on the reverse side of the quarter.

The purpose of the collection was to create a new generation of coin collectors and it proved itself to be successful. The 50 State Quarters program became the most successful numismatic program in history. The program was so successful that a reported 50% of Americans collected the coins, for casual fun or as a serious pursuit. A profit of $ 4.6 billion dollars was made by the U.S. federal government as a result of collectors taking the coins out of circulation.

Each year from 1999 until 2008, 5 states quarters were released per year:

1999: Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Georgia, Connecticut

2000: Massachusetts, Maryland, South Carolina, New Hampshire, Virginia
2001: New York, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Vermont, Kentucky
2002: Tennessee, Ohio, Louisiana, Indiana, Mississippi
2003: Illinois, Alabama, Maine, Missouri, Arkansas
2004: Michigan, Florida, Texas, Iowa, Wisconsin
2005: California, Minnesota, Oregon, Kansas, West Virginia
2006: Nevada, Nebraska, Colorado, Nort Dakota, South Dakota
2007: Montana, Washington, Idaho, Wyoming, Utah
2008: Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arizona, Alaska, Hawaii

The collectible value of the 50 State Quarters varies. For example, a controversy over die errors in the Wisconsin quarter can value up $ 300 for a set of three quarters. Some designs featured corn without a smaller leaf, others with a small leaf pointing upwards and thirdly, others with a left pointing down. Upon discovering this die error, the quarter de was quickly fixed, rendering the quarters with errors, hard to find, rare and valuable. Spending $ 0.75 for a $ 299.25 profit? Not bad.

Due to the popularity of the 50 State Quarter program, the U.S. Mint started issuing quarters under the 2009 District of Columbia and U.S. Territories Program. Although this 2009 program is commonly mistaken as part of the 50 State Quarters program, it is separate program recognized by the U.S. Mint. So far there is only one release year:

2009: District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, U.S. Virgin Islands Northern Mariana Islands

An extremely popular collecting method for the 50 State Quarters Program is a state quarter map. Some maps are large maps that have slots for each individual quarter and some maps are books that dedicate a single page for each state.

Although the intent of the program was to increase coin collecting, it doesn’t really seem like it ever stopped since everyone went crazy over the state quarters when it started over a decade ago.

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