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Obverse of 50 States Quarters     Reverse of 1999 Delaware 50 States Quarter


PCGS Nos: 5944, 5945, 96042, 96043

Circulation strikes:
1999-P   373,400,000
1999-D   401,424,000

Obverse: John Flanagan

Diameter: ±24.3 millimeters

Metal content:
Outer layers - 75% Copper, 25% Nickel
Center - 100% Copper

Weight: ±88 grains (±5.7 grams)

Edge: Reeded

On the obverse just right of the ribbon:
"P" for Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
"D" for Denver, Colorado
"S" for San Francisco, California

Images courtesy of the United States Mint

Struck on Experimental Planchet

The Delaware quarter's reverse celebrates Caesar Rodney's historic horseback ride in 1776.

The Delaware quarter, depicting the historic horseback ride of Caesar Rodney, galloped onto the scene as it kicked off the much anticipated U.S. Mint's 50 State Quarters™ Program.

Caesar Rodney was a delegate to the Continental Congress. On July 1, 1776, despite suffering from asthma and cancer, Rodney set off on the 80-mile journey to Philadelphia withstanding thundershowers and a severe summer heat wave. The next day, he arrived at Independence Hall just in time to cast the deciding vote in favor of our nation's independence. This native of Dover has also held more public offices than any other Delaware citizen. In addition to an extremely dedicated delegate, Rodney was also a soldier, judge, and speaker of Delaware's Assembly.

Through an Executive Order issued by Delaware Governor Thomas R. Carper on February 2, 1998, state residents were encouraged to submit design concepts to the Delaware Arts Council. The Council received over 300 submissions. With the governor's approval, the Council forwarded several concepts to the U.S. Mint for review and execution of drawings. From there, three selected designs were reviewed and approved by the Citizens Commemorative Coin Advisory Committee, the Fine Arts Commission, and the Secretary of the Treasury. Next, the governor's office conducted a telephone and e-mail opinion poll. Caesar Rodney received 948 of the 1,519 total votes. The quill pen and parchment and the allegorical 'Lady Liberty' designs received 336 and 235 votes, respectively. Friday, June 12, 1998, the Caesar Rodney selection for the Delaware quarter was made public at a press briefing in Dover, DE. An art and drama teacher, fittingly employed at Caesar Rodney High School, submitted the selected design concept.

The finest Uncirculated 1999-P Delaware Quarter examples graded by PCGS are 11 MS-68's.

The finest Uncirculated 1999-D Delaware Quarter example graded by PCGS is a single MS-68.

The finest 1999-S Delaware Proof Deep Cameo examples graded by PCGS are 1754 PRDC-69's.

The finest 1999-S Delaware Proof Deep Cameo "Silver" example graded by PCGS is a single PRDC-70. 

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, July 2003" by The Professional Coin Grading Service