New Hampshire Quarter
The New Hampshire quarter shows the state’s most famous natural rock formation, the Old Man of the Mountain. His rock face is 25 feet wide and measures 40 feet from chin to forehead. Geologic events carved this profile into the granite ledges 200 million years ago.
On the coin, the old man is looking across at nine stars and the state’s motto. The stars represent New Hampshire’s place as the ninth state to join the union. General John Stark, a Revolutionary War hero, is credited with the words “Live Free or Die.” They come from a toast he wrote for the 32nd anniversary of the Battle of Bennington victory: “Live free or die; death is not the worst of evils.”
New Hampshire Facts
Nickname: The Granite State
Statehood: June 21, 1788