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State Quarter Day In The Classroom!
New Jersey Outline

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 Reverse

New Jersey Quarter

Learn more about the latest quarter the important event that inspired it.


50 State Quarters Program

50 State Quarters Program

Find out more about this program that honors every state in America!


50 State Quarters Program Lesson Plans

FREE 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

St. Patrick Copper Farthing Obverse

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

Quarter Obverse 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). 1 Euro Obverse

Quarter Games

Puzzle Mint

Here's a challenge for your students!  Put all the pieces of the New Jersey quarter back together—in three minutes or less!

Cents of Color

Are your students budding artists?  Let them try their hands at painting the New Jersey quarter.  A green George Washington crossing the purple Delaware River...let your imagination run wild!

Mark My Words

Here's a word search all about quarters and other coins.  Can your students find all the words on each list?


Birth of a Coin

A Coinage Cartoon

Do you want to show your students how quarters and other coins are made?  Check out the Birth of a Coin cartoon, which tells you all about it!

Teachers' Network

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!