American women who shaped history are coming soon to quarters, just like George Washington

When we buy something at the grocery store and the cashier gives us our change, we see two things on the quarters they give us. On one side, we see the face of George Washington. On the other, most quarters bear an eagle, a symbol of one of the 50 states, or an image of one of America’s stunning national parks.

But before 1999, all quarters looked more or less the same. The U.S. Mint had been using the same design for more than 60 years — President Washington on one side and a bald eagle on the other.

1999 was the first year of the 50 State Quarters Program, established by a bipartisan bill that called for a new set of 50 unique quarters. Each represented one of the 50 states, and they were put into circulation in the order that they joined the union. The quarters representing our states, Nebraska and Nevada, were minted back-to-back in 2006.

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