On January 8, 2001, the United States Mint celebrated the release of the New York quarter, at a ceremony in Albany, NY. The ceremony, held at the New York State Museum, marked the release of the eleventh state's quarter to be celebrated as a part of the 50 State Quarters® Program, and the first new quarter to be released in 2001.
Teachers, below you will find several activities and links that will bring the excitement of New York's "State Quarter Day" into your classroom.
New York Quarter
Learn more about the latest quarter and the important symbols that inspired it.
50 State Quarters Program
Find out more about this program that honors every state in America!
50 State Quarters Program Lesson Plans
The 50 State Quarters Program lesson plans are now available on the H.I.P. Pocket Change™ Web site for use in your classroom! Check out these exciting plans that are FREE to download, and are available in sets designed specifically for grades K–1, 2–3, and 4–6.
State Quarter Day Classroom Activities
Here are some fun ways to infuse your curriculum with activities that celebrate the arrival of the newest quarter in circulation!
Connected Coins and Medals
New York's new quarter design features one of the greatest symbols of our nation, the Statue of Liberty. "Miss Liberty" has also found herself featured on several American coins (and with several different looks) over the years. Read on to learn about some these different faces of "Liberty":
Throughout the 1800s an image of the Seated Liberty symbolized freedom on several different American coins. Does she look like the statue you're used to seeing in New York Harbor?
The image of Liberty on the Barber or Liberty Head Half Dollar was not extremely popular with the American public. Take a look and see if you can figure out why that was. You can also try out the related Teacher Feature, What's a Per-"cent"?, with your students.
In 1907, sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens designed what has been called the most beautiful American coin ever produced, the Double Eagle. Invite your students to explore the stunning image of Lady Liberty that captures the hearts of coin collectors even today.
Our Foreign Friends
|The coins produced for the 50 State Quarters Program share much in common with the European currency, the euro. With your students, visit the interactive cartoon, Coins of the World, to see how these two programs are similar (here's a hint: look at the backs of euros from different countries, and then look at their fronts).|
A Coinage Cartoon
Teachers, if we've piqued your interest with the activities above, please sign up for the Teachers' Network. As a member, you can receive information about all of the new educational resources that become available from the United States Mint!