The New York quarter, the first quarter of the 2001 series,
features the Statue of Liberty superimposed over an outline of the state along
with the inscription "Gateway to Freedom." Also incorporated into the
state outline is a line tracing the Hudson River and the route of the Erie
Canal. The 11 stars represent the number of
states when New York entered the union.
This final New York design celebrates the "Empire
State" as a point of entry for millions of immigrants seeking the political
freedom and democracy that American citizenship provides. President Grover
Cleveland accepted the Statue of Liberty, a gift from the people of France, on
behalf of the United States on October 28, 1886. Lady Liberty was designated a
National Monument on October 15, 1924 and underwent extensive restoration for
her remarkable centennial on July 4, 1986. Governor George E. Pataki asked the
U.S. Mint to add the line tracing the Hudson River and the route of the Erie
Canal because of the vital developmental role of the waterways.
Governor Pataki's office requested design ideas from the
residents of New York and received hundreds of suggestions from school children,
history buffs, graphic artists and coin collectors across the state. On June 19,
2000, Governor Pataki unveiled five candidate designs. They included Henry
Hudson and his ship, the Half Moon; a rendering of the historic painting,
"Battle of Saratoga"; the Statue of Liberty; and the New York Federal
Building. New Yorkers were encouraged to write or email Pataki's office to vote
for their favorite design. Capturing 76% of the vote, the Statue of Liberty
design was officially selected by Governor Pataki to adorn the reverse of the
New York quarter.
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PCGS Nos: 5966, 5967,
Mintage for circulation:
The finest Uncirculated 2001-P New York examples graded by PCGS are 3
Uncirculated 2001-D New York examples graded by PCGS are 6 MS-68's.
finest 2001-S New York Proof Deep Cameo examples graded by PCGS are 5 PRDC-70's.
finest 2001-S New York Proof Deep Cameo "Silver" examples graded by
PCGS are 2 PRDC-70's.
Sources and/or recommended
United States Mint website at www.usmint.gov
"The PCGS Population
Report, July 2003" by The Professional Coin Grading Service