Hawaii State Quarter Debuts

Hawaii State QuarterThe 50th State’s long awaited entry in the U.S. Mint’s immensely popular “50 State Quarters” program will be given a formal unveiling at noon tomorrow in downtown Honolulu. Its debut marks the end of a program that saw a special, limited edition quarter released every quarter since 1999.

Each quarter came out in the order the featured state joined the union, so Hawaii’s quarter enjoys the distinct privilege of being the final piece of many a collector’s set.

Although the U.S. Mint shipped the Hawaii quarters last week, most have yet to enter circulation. So tomorrow’s event at Bishop Square will be the first time most people will have a chance to get them.  Local banks, which have seen a jump in foot traffic with the release of every other state quarter to date, are expecting a rush on their tellers this week.

The design features King Kamehameha, and the Hawaii state motto: “UA MAU KE EA O KA ‘ĀINA I KA PONO,” or “The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness.”

5 Responses

  1. I can’t wait to get my Hawaii quarters!

  2. I hope my bank doesn’t run out of them! All of the quarters are also struck in 90% silver:)

    I blogged about it today also.

  3. Oops! I think only the 50 states quarters silver proof set is struck in 90% silver. I have no idea how much silver is in the regular state quarters in circulation.


  4. They’re really cool, I’d so buy one of those…

  5. jamie says:

    i don’t actually think they’re that cool. i don’t like ours that much either. i do like many of the others though.

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