Released on October 15, 2002, this is the 20th coin released in the 50 State® Quarter Program and the fifth coin released in 2002. Mississippi, admitted into the Union on December 10, 1817, themed the coin, The Magnolia State. The coin showcases the beauty and elegance of the state flower, combining the blossoms and leaves of two magnolias with the inscription, The Magnolia State.; Other inscriptions include: Mississippi; 1817; 2002; and E Pluribus Unum. President William J. Clinton was in office when this legislation was signed. Three United States Mint Directors served under President Clinton's tenure; David J. Ryder of Idaho, Philip N. Diehl of Texas, and Jay W. Johnson of Wisconsin.