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The same legislation that created the United States Mint in 1792 also specified certain design features that had to appear on different coins. Quarter Dollars were to have exactly one-quarter of the silver composition of a one dollar coin, with one side of the coin bearing the date in which the coin was minted, the word “Liberty” and some symbol that represented liberty. The other side of the coin had to feature an eagle, which over the years went through multiple changes and the legend “United States of America." Circulation Quarters were minted in silver until the Coinage Act of 1965, when their composition was changed to copper-nickel. In 1932, the figure of Liberty was changed to an image of George Washington to mark the 200th Anniversary of his birth. Originally it was intended as a one year issue, but proved to be so popular that although no quarters were issued in 1933, when quarters were minted in 1934 and to the present date, they have all borne the image of our first president. In 1976, the quarter’s reverse was changed to the image of a Drummer Boy to mark the 200th Anniversary of United States’ Independence, but the following year, the quarter’s reverse was changed back to the eagle design. 1998 marked the last year of the eagle reverse, with the introduction of the States Quarters program from 1999 until 2008, which was followed by the District of Columbia and U.S. Territories Quarter program in 2009 and then followed by the America the Beautiful Quarters program that will run until 2021.

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