During the American Revolutionary War, many citizens were on call to fight when needed. These soldiers were called “minutemen” because they could be ready for battle at a minute’s notice. Who had the idea to use a minuteman on the Massachusetts quarter? Two kids—a sixth and seventh grader! In fact, only kids could submit quarter designs in the 1998 contest held by Governor Paul Cellucci.
Nickname: The Bay State
Statehood: February 6, 1788