Released on January 3, 2000, this coin is the sixth released in the 50 State® Quarter Program and the first released in 2000. Massachusetts, admitted into the Union on February 6, 1788, themed the coin, The Minuteman. It features the likeness of the celebrated Minuteman of the American Revolution against an outline of the state. The inscriptions on the coin says, The Bay State; Massachusetts; 1788; 2001; 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.
Thomas D. Rodgers