What's the only circulating coin that features our nation's first president both on its obverse (front) and reverse (back)? The New Jersey Quarter of course! This coin, which was first struck at the Philadelphia Mint on May 5, 1999, was the third state to be commemorated in the fascinating 50 State Quarters® Program.
Teachers, below you will find several activities and links that will bring the excitement of New Jersey's "State Quarter Day" into your classroom.
New Jersey Quarter
Learn more about the latest quarter the important event that inspired it.
50 State Quarters Program
Find out more about this program that honors every state in America!
50 State Quarters Program Lesson Plans
The 50 State Quarters Program lesson plans are now available on the H.I.P. Pocket Change™ Web site for use in your classroom! Check out these exciting plans that are FREE to download, and are available in sets designed specifically for grades K–1, 2–3, and 4–6.
State Quarter Day Classroom Activities
Here are some fun ways to infuse your curriculum with activities that celebrate the arrival of the newest quarter in circulation!
Connected Coins and Medals
Well before New Jersey selected its quarter design, the state had another connection to currency that wasn't even made in the United States! Read all about the St. Patrick coins that were used in New Jersey before George Washington ever stepped foot in the state!
Our Foreign Friends
|The coins produced for the 50 State Quarters Program share much in common with the European currency, the euro. With your students, visit the interactive cartoon, Coins of the World, to see how these two programs are similar (here's a hint: look at the backs of euros from different countries, and then look at their fronts).|
A Coinage Cartoon
Teachers, if we've piqued your interest with the activities above, please sign up for the Teachers' Network. As a member, you can receive information about all of the new educational resources that become available from the United States Mint!