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State Quarter Day In The Classroom!
New York Outline

On January 8, 2001, the United States Mint celebrated the release of the New York quarter, at a ceremony in Albany, NY.  The ceremony, held at the New York State Museum, marked the release of the eleventh state's quarter to be celebrated as a part of the 50 State Quarters® Program, and the first new quarter to be released in 2001.

Teachers, below you will find several activities and links that will bring the excitement of New York's "State Quarter Day" into your classroom.

New York Quarter Reverse

New York Quarter

Learn more about the latest quarter and the important symbols 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!

Also, take a trip to Get a Clue About Collecting to Find the Hidden Coins that are a part of the 50 State Quarters Program.

Connected Coins and Medals

New York's new quarter design features one of the greatest symbols of our nation, the Statue of Liberty.  "Miss Liberty" has also found herself featured on several American coins (and with several different looks) over the years.  Read on to learn about some these different faces of "Liberty":

Throughout the 1800s an image of the Seated Liberty symbolized freedom on several different American coins.  Does she look like the statue you're used to seeing in New York Harbor?

Seated Liberty Quarter Obverse
Barber or Liberty Head Half Dollar Obverse

The image of Liberty on the Barber or Liberty Head Half Dollar was not extremely popular with the American public.  Take a look and see if you can figure out why that was.  You can also try out the related Teacher Feature, What's a Per-"cent"?, with your students.

In 1907, sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens designed what has been called the most beautiful American coin ever produced, the Double Eagle.  Invite your students to explore the stunning image of Lady Liberty that captures the hearts of coin collectors even today.

Augustus Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle Coin Obverse

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 York 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 York quarter.  Give the Statue of Liberty a new coat of paint when you 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!