|The Georgia quarter's
reverse celebrates the state's geographical outline, motto,
tree, and nickname.
The Georgia quarter, the fourth quarter
released under the 50 State Quarters Program, is a real peach. The selected
design incorporates several symbols associated with this traditional, yet very
diverse southern state.
Just from studying the Georgia quarter
design, one can learn a lot about the fourth state of the Union. The selected
design prominently features the peach - a symbol long associated with the state
- within the confines of a silhouetted outline of the state. Live Oak sprigs
boarder the central design paying homage to the official state tree, the Live
Oak. And if you ever need to know the Georgia state motto, simply look across
the top of the design, where the words "Wisdom, Justice, Moderation,"
grace a hanging banner.
The selection process for the Georgia quarter
was initiated when Georgia Governor Zell Miller tasked the Georgia Council for
the Arts with the development and selection of the Georgia circulating quarter
design. The Council responded by submitting five design concepts to the United
States Mint. Of these five designs, four candidates were reviewed and
recommended by the Citizens Commemorative Coin Advisory Committee and the Fine
Arts Commission, and approved by the Secretary of the Treasury for use on the
1999 Georgia quarter. Upon receipt and careful review of the designs, Governor
Miller selected the featured design.
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Mintage for circulation:
The finest Uncirculated 1999-P Georgia examples graded by PCGS are 3
Uncirculated 1999-D Georgia examples graded by PCGS are 2 MS-68's.
finest 1999-S Georgia Proof Deep Cameo examples graded by PCGS are 2 PRDC-70's.
finest 1999-S Georgia Proof Deep Cameo "Silver" examples graded by
PCGS are 2 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, July 2003" by The Professional Coin Grading Service