- The Kansas Quarter
- The Kansas Quarter Obverse
- The Kansas Quarter Reverse
- How to find the Kansas Quarter
The Kansas quarter features a soaring American bald eagle against a sunflower, the state flower of Kansas.
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The Kansas Quarter
The Kansas quarter is the 34th coin in the 50 State Quarters program. The Kansas quarter features a sunflower, the state bird, and the state flower. “The Sunflower State” is written on the bottom of the coin. The Kansas quarter was released on July 31, 2005.
Design of the Kansas Quarter
The Kansas quarter, the 34th in the State Quarter series, was released on January 29, 2006. The coin’s design features a sunflower superimposed over the state outline. The outer perimeter of the coin reads “Kansas 1886” on the left side and “The Sunflower State” on the right. Below the sunflower are two small wheat heads. The year 2006 is included in the design as well.
The Kansas Quarter and the 50 State Quarters Program
The Kansas Quarter was released on October 2, 2007 as the 34th coin in the 50 State Quarters Program. The program began in 1999 when the United States Mint released the first five quarters, featuring Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Georgia, and Connecticut.
The back of the Kansas Quarter features a young pioneer man and woman overlooking a Kansas farmland with a sunflower in the foreground. The words “Welcome to Historic Kansas” are inscribed along the top edge of the coin. The year of minting, 2007, is included on the bottom edge.
The front of the quarter features George Washington in a portrait that was originally designed by John Flanagan for the 1932 Washington Quarter Dollar. The words “In God We Trust,” “E Pluribus Unum,” and “Liberty” are also inscribed on this side of the coin.
The Kansas Quarter is part of a series of quarters that were released by the United States Mint between 1999 and 2008. This series features each of the fifty U.S. states in alphabetical order.
The Kansas Quarter Obverse
The Kansas quarter is the 34th release in the 50 State Quarters Program. The quarter’s reverse commemorates the 100th anniversary of Flight, and features a Hawk and the words “The Spirit of Kansas.” The Kansas quarter was released on July 26, 2005.
The Inscription “In God We Trust”
The view on the Kansas quarter is of a Native American in a hunters headdress. The picture was designed by John Doak of Wichita, Kansas. “In God We Trust” is inscribed on the coin along with “E Pluribus Unum” and “Kansas.” The year and mint mark are also stamped on the coin.
The date of the coin
The date of the coin is on the left side of the obverse, below the motto. In 2006, all quarters minted for general circulation were minted with the date 2005, regardless of when they were actually minted. This was done to keep people from hoarding quarters until after the release of the 2006 coins. The coins were released into circulation on January 1, 2006, and all quarters minted from then on will have the 2006 date.
The mint mark
All coins minted since 1968 have a mint mark on the obverse (front) near the date. Coins without a mint mark are all minted at the main Mint in Philadelphia.
The following mint marks identify where the coin was struck:
-P = Philadelphia
-D = Denver
-S = San Francisco
The Kansas Quarter Reverse
The Kansas quarter is the 34th in the 50 State Quarters® Program. Its design features a sunflower, the state flower of Kansas. Frames surround the sunflower, with the words “The Sunflower State” and “Kansas” above the flower. “In God We Trust” is inscribed on the left side of the Kansas quarter, while the year of minting or issuance, “2006,” is on the right.
The State Bird of Kansas
On the back of the Kansas state quarter is a western meadowlark perched atop a sunflower. The coin reads “The Wheat State” and the date. 25 million of these coins were minted in 2005.
The western meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta) is the state bird of Kansas. It is a member of the icterid family, which includes blackbirds, orioles, and meadowlarks. The western meadowlark is about 8.5 to 9.5 inches in length with a wingspan of 15 to 16 inches. It has a yellow breast with a black V-shaped mark on its throat, grayish brown upperparts, and white outer feathers on its tail that are conspicuous when it flies. It feeds on insects, spiders, and other invertebrates as well as some plant matter such as seeds.
The State Flower of Kansas
The sunflower (Helianthus annuus) is the state flower of Kansas. All State Flowers. The sunflower has a tall stem with large leaves and a large head with yellow flowers. The head is actually made up of small flowers that are packed together. The sunflower is a native of North America and was brought to Europe by early explorers.
The State Capital of Kansas
The official state capital of Kansas is Topeka, which is located in Shawnee County. The city has a population of 127,473 people and is the fifth largest city in the state. The Shawnee and Kansas Indian tribes both lived in the area that is now Topeka prior to European settlement. The city was founded in 1854 as a free-state town following the passage of the Kansas-Nebraska Act. Topeka was the site of several key events during the Civil War and was also an important stop on the Underground Railroad. The city’s economy is diversified, with government, health care, and manufacturing being the sectors that employ the most people.
How to find the Kansas Quarter
The Kansas Quarter is the 34th release in the U.S. Mint’s 50 State Quarters® Program. The obverse (heads) of the coin features an adaptation of James Earle Fraser’s design for the Buffalo Nickel.
Checking Your Change
Did you know that if you live in the United States, you could find a Kansas quarter in your pocket change? If you’re not familiar with the Kansas quarter, it’s easy to spot because it features a Native American on the front and a bison on the back. Here’s a step-by-step guide to checking your change to see if you can find a Kansas quarter:
1. Look at the date on the coin. The Kansas quarters were minted in 2005, so if the date on the coin is before 2005, it’s not a Kansas quarter.
2. Look at the front of the coin. The front of all United States quarters features George Washington. However, on the back of some quarters, there are special designs to commemorate each state. The design for Kansas features a Native American.
3. Flip the coin over and look at the back. If you see a bison, you’ve found a Kansas quarter!
Buying Rolls of Quarters
If you are interested in amassing a collection of Kansas quarters, your best bet is to purchase rolls of coins from your bank or the U.S. Mint. You can also look for Kansas quarters in your change, but this will likely be a slow and labor-intensive process.
If you decide to purchase rolls of quarters, you will need to specify that you would like “sorted” or “unsorted” coins. Sorted coin rolls contain all the same type of quarter and usually cost a bit more than unsorted rolls. Unsorted rolls will contain a mix of different types of quarters, which can include Kansas quarters.
Once you have your hands on some Kansas quarters, you will need to examine the coins to pinpoint their exact value. The most important factor in determining the value of a coin is its condition. A well-circulated coin will be worth less than one that is in pristine condition.
Collecting Kansas Quarters
As part of the 50 State Quarters® Program, commemorative quarters were released featuring each state in the union. Five quarters were released each year, based on the order in which the states ratified the Constitution or joined the union. The Kansas quarter, which was released in 2005, features a Native American and a bison on the state’s western frontier. The text on the coin reads “Kansas” and “1862.”