50 STATES QUARTER DOLLAR
Obverse: John Flanagan
Diameter: ±24.3 millimeters
"The Louisiana quarter, the
third quarter of 2002 and eighteenth in the series, displays the image of
Louisiana's state bird -- the pelican, a horn with musical notes, and the
outline of the Louisiana Purchase territory, along with the inscription
Thomas Jefferson bought the
Louisiana Territory from Napoleon Bonaparte in 1803 for $15 million.
Dubbed the "greatest real estate deal in history" the Louisiana
Purchase added thirteen new states to the Union, nearly doubling its size
and making it one of the largest countries in the world.
The horn on the coin is a
tribute to the state's heritage of jazz music, a genre heard and played by
millions of enthusiasts around the globe. Jazz was born in New Orleans
over a hundred years ago, a combination of elements from blues, ragtime,
and marching band music. A multitude of musicians propelled jazz from New
Orleans' French Quarter onto the world stage, making the style a dominant
force in 20th Century music.
Governor Mike Foster, Jr.,
established the Louisiana Commemorative Coin Advisory Commission which
solicited design suggestions from all Louisiana residents. From the 1,193
submissions the Commission received ( 80% of which came from
schoolchildren), Governor Foster submitted five design concepts to the
U.S. Mint. From the five candidate designs the Mint developed, Governor
Foster selected the final design."
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