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     Obverse of 1999 Connecticut 50 States Quarter Dollar


PCGS No: 5952, 5953, 913005, 913006

Obverse: John Flanagan

Diameter: ±24.3 millimeters

Edge: Reeded

Images courtesy of the United States Mint

1999-S "Clad"
1999 "Silver"

"The Connecticut quarter, the last 50 State Quarters™ Program coin issued in 1999, features "The Charter Oak": an integral part of Connecticut's heritage and existence. If not for the famed "Charter Oak", Connecticut - and this country in general - might be a very different place than it is today!

On the night of October 31, 1687, Connecticut's Charter was put to a test. A British representative for King James II, challenged Connecticut's government structure and demanded its surrender. In the middle of the heated discussion, with the Charter on the table between the opposing parties, the candles were mysteriously snuffed out, darkening the room. When visibility was reestablished, the Connecticut Charter had vanished. Heroic Captain Joseph Wadsworth saved the Charter from the hands of the British and concealed it in the safest place he could find - in a majestic white oak. This famous tree, "The Charter Oak," finally fell during a great storm on August 21, 1856.

In a press release issued February 3, 1998, Governor John G. Rowland announced the Connecticut Coin Design Competition. More than 112 citizens ranging from ages six to 87 from 46 cities and towns submitted design concept entries to the Connecticut Commission on the Arts. Nineteen entrants submitted renditions of the Charter Oak and five of those were selected and forwarded to the U.S. Mint. Following the required review and approval process, three designs were returned to Governor Rowland for consideration. The Connecticut Commemorative Coin Design Competition Review Committee, with the governor's approval, unanimously selected the Connecticut circulating quarter design. Twenty-three people from 18 towns received honorable mentions for their design concepts."

-- Content courtesy of the United States Mint

The finest Uncirculated 1999-P Connecticut example graded by PCGS is a single MS-69.

The finest Uncirculated 1999-D Connecticut examples graded by PCGS are 11 MS-68's.

The finest 1999-S Connecticut Proof Deep Cameo examples graded by PCGS are 15 PRDC-70's.

The finest 1999-S Connecticut Proof Deep Cameo "Silver" examples graded by PCGS are 14 PRDC-70's.

Sources and/or recommended reading:
United States Mint website at

"New Feature Follows Sales, Mintages" by Ray Sidman, NUMISMATIC NEWS, September 5, 2000, page 24

"The PCGS Population Report, October 2004" by The Professional Coin Grading Service