bears a likeness of the celebrated
Minuteman of the American Revolution against an outline of the state.
The Massachusetts quarter, the first quarter
of the new millennium, features a design of "The Minuteman," a famous
statue that stands guard at The Minuteman National Historical Park in Concord,
The selected design captures a piece of the
Bay State's exceptional history. The Minutemen played a big role in protecting
our nation, as they rallied together to help defeat the British during the
Revolutionary War. These small, influential forces consisting of regular farmers
and colonists, were always at-the-ready and were trained to assemble and fight
on just a minute's notice-hence the term 'minutemen'.
In February 1998, Governor Paul Cellucci
initiated a unique contest encouraging Massachusetts elementary school students
to submit designs for the state's commemorative quarter - and more than 100 did!
A 10-member advisory council then narrowed the finalist field to five proposals.
After receiving final approval from former Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin,
Governor Cellucci and Lt. Governor Jane Swift announced the selected design
concept in June 1999. The Minuteman design concept was submitted by a sixth
grader and a seventh grader. So far, Massachusetts remains the only state to
limit its design contest to children.
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PCGS Nos: 5954, 5955,
Mintage for circulation:
The finest Uncirculated 2000-P Massachusetts examples graded by PCGS are 2
Uncirculated 2000-D Massachusetts example graded by PCGS is a single MS-69.
finest 2000-S Massachusetts Proof Deep Cameo examples graded by PCGS are 1977
2000-S Massachusetts Proof Deep Cameo "Silver" examples graded by PCGS
are 10 PRDC-70's.
Chattanooga Coin, Inc.
reported finding 518 blank Quarter Dollar planchets in a mint-sealed bag of
2000-P Massachusetts Quarters. Graded by NGC, the coins were offered at
$49 each. (Coin World advertisement, February 16, 2004, page 37)
Sources and/or recommended
United States Mint website at www.usmint.gov
"New Feature Follows
Sales, Mintages" by Ray Sidman, NUMISMATIC NEWS, September 5, 2000, page 24
"The PCGS Population
Report, January 2004" by The Professional Coin Grading Service