The New Hampshire
quarter's reverse showcases the rock formation, "The Old Man of the
The New Hampshire quarter, the ninth coin
released under the 50 State Quarters™ Program, honors one of the state's most
unique natural attractions, "The Old Man of the Mountain. " The states
motto, "Live free or die," and nine stars, representing New Hampshire
being the ninth state to ratify the Constitution, complete the design.
"The Old Man of the Mountain" is a
rock formation that can be found on Mt. Cannon in the Franconia Notch gateway to
Northern New Hampshire. From the right view, this unique rock formation,
comprised of five layers of Conway red granite, depicts the distinct profile of
an elderly man gazing eastward. Geographers believe that the layers of granite
were positioned by the melting and slipping away action of an ice sheet that
covered the Franconia Mountains at the end of the glacial period - some 2,000 to
10,000 years ago. Today, the formation, measuring over 40 feet high with a
lateral distance of 25 feet, is held in place by cables and turnbuckles to
prevent further slipping and possible destruction.
The "formation" of the New
Hampshire quarter design began when New Hampshire Governor Jeanne Shaheen
established a Commemorative Quarter Committee with representatives from the
Department of Cultural Affairs, Arts Educators, Numismatics, Historical
Societies, the Senate and House and New Hampshire citizens. The Committee opened
a competition to all New Hampshire residents to submit design concepts for the
New Hampshire quarter and even created a Web site to broadcast the selection
process and other information about the program.
Governor Shaheen then forwarded the final design
concept selection honoring "The Old Man of the Mountain" to the
Secretary of the Treasury who gave final approval.
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PCGS Nos: 5962, 5963,
The finest Uncirculated 2000-P Maryland examples graded by PCGS are 33
Uncirculated 2000-D Maryland examples graded by PCGS are 11 MS-68's.
finest 2000-S Maryland Proof Deep Cameo examples graded by PCGS are 4 PRDC-70's.
finest 2000-S Maryland Proof Deep Cameo "Silver" example graded by
PCGS is a single PRDC-70.
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