quarter's reverse features the "Commonwealth" statue, an
allegorical female figure.
The Pennsylvania quarter, the second coin in
the 50 State Quarters Program, depicts the statue "Commonwealth,"
an outline of the state, the state motto, and a keystone. This design was chosen
to further help educate people about the origins of our second state, founded on
December 12, 1787.
The statue "Commonwealth," designed
by New York sculptor Roland Hinton Perry, is a bronze-gilded 14' 6" high
female form that has topped Pennsylvania's state capitol dome in Harrisburg,
Pennsylvania, since May 25, 1905. Her right arm extends in kindness and her left
arm grasps a ribbon mace to symbolize justice. The image of the keystone honors
the states nickname, "The Keystone State." At a Jefferson Republican
victory rally in October 1802, Pennsylvania was toasted as "the keystone in
the federal union." The modern persistence of this designation is justified
in view of the key position of Pennsylvania in the economic, social, and
political development of the United States.
Selections for the Pennsylvania circulating
quarter began on January 30,1998. Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge issued a
proclamation establishing a Commemorative Quarter Committee to review possible
14-member committee included representatives from major cultural, conservation,
travel, and tourism organizations; a teacher; a high school student; the
president of the state Numismatic Society; and the state treasurer. The governor
invited all Pennsylvanians to submit design concepts to the committee - and
received more than 5,300 ideas. The committee reached consensus on their
recommendations, and the governor forwarded five preferred concepts to the U.S.
Mint. Four of the designs were recommended by the Citizens Commemorative Coin
Advisory Committee and the Fine Arts Commission and approved by the Secretary of
the Treasury. From these final four candidates, the governor chose the current
design to represent Pennsylvania in the 50 State Quarters Program.
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PCGS No: 5946, 5947,
Mintage for circulation:
The finest Uncirculated 1999-P Pennsylvania Quarter examples graded by PCGS
are 10 MS-68's.
finest Uncirculated 1999-D Pennsylvania Quarter example graded by PCGS is a
Pennsylvania Proof Deep Cameo examples graded by PCGS are 2 PRDC-70's.
finest Pennsylvania 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