Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Family Fun

We've been learning about the States and the order in which they made their appearance into the United States.  It's been interesting to read about what is on each State's Quarter and I have been wanting to complete our State Quarter Collection.   Last night was the perfect opportunity for this family fun.

After supper, we dumped the change jar on the table and got busy finding State Quarters.  No more cries of "I'm bored" around here as everyone had the opportunity to get in on the action.

Did you know that the Commemorative State Quarter Program began in 1999 and continued through 2008?  They released 5 new quarters a year in the order that each state ratified the Constitution or joined the Union.  This was unique because it meant that the design of the U.S. quarter changed 5 times each year for 10 years.  These changes marked the very first change to the quarter since the Bicentennial quarter was introduced in 1975-1976.  Cool, huh?

All of the obverse sides of the quarters remained the same (with the image of George Washington).  The reverse side has the individual state designs.  These designs were each selected through a process determined by the Governor of each state.  I'll bet that was a fun committee to serve on, don't you?

I was excited when we found the last quarter needed to fill out our little collector's album -- and my Poppa would be so proud.  I think we'll start on the District of Columbia and U.S. Territories series now (because we discovered we had quite a few in our stash already) and the America the Beautiful quarters, too.  We are definitely looking at quarters more closely now -- and trying to find as many different ones as we can.  Family Fun continues . . .

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