Released on May 21, 2001, this is the 13th coin released in the 50 State® Quarter Program and the third released in 2001. Rhode Island, admitted into the Union on May 29, 1790, themed the coin, Ocean State. The coin features an image of a vintage sailboat gliding through Rhode Island's famous Narragansett Bay and an image of the Pell Bridge in the background. The coin is inscribed: The Ocean State; Rhode Island; 2001; 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.
Thomas D. Rodgers