50 STATES QUARTER DOLLAR
Obverse: John Flanagan
Diameter: ±24.3 millimeters
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"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
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The finest Uncirculated 1999-P Connecticut example graded by PCGS is a
Uncirculated 1999-D Connecticut examples graded by PCGS are 11 MS-68's.
finest 1999-S Connecticut Proof Deep Cameo examples graded by PCGS are 15 PRDC-70's.
1999-S Connecticut Proof Deep Cameo "Silver" examples graded by PCGS
are 14 PRDC-70's.
Sources and/or recommended
United States Mint website at www.usmint.gov
"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