The Delaware quarter shows Caesar Rodney on his 1776 historic ride. Rodney made the 80-mile ride through terrible heat and thunderstorms to cast his vote in favor of Delaware signing the Declaration of Independence. Rodney’s vote turned out to be the tie-breaker.
In 1787, 11 years after Caesar Rodney’s historic ride, Delaware voted unanimously to ratify the United States Constitution. It was the first state to do so. Five years later, in 1792, Delaware adopted a new state constitution and changed its name from Delaware State to the State of Delaware.
Nickname: The First State
Statehood: December 7, 1787