1999 Connecticut State Quarter: The Historical Significance of the Charter Oak Tree

The 1999 Connecticut quarter, released on October 12, was the fifth issue in the 50 State Quarters series and the final release for that year. Connecticut became the fifth state to ratify the United States Constitution on January 9, 1788.

The quarter showcases the Charter Oak, a symbol of freedom and independence for the state. The reverse design stands out with its intricate depiction of the tree’s branches, which gracefully spread across the coin’s face.

The Charter Oak holds a historical significance for Connecticut. In the late 17th century, the state defiantly refused to surrender its royal charter to the governor of colonial New York. The charter document itself was never accepted and went missing during a meeting in 1687, believed to have been hidden in the Charter Oak.

Notably, the 1999 Connecticut State Quarter portrays the tree as it would have appeared during winter. Additionally, the Charter Oak tree, which had been important to Native Americans for hundreds of years before the English arrive, finally succumbed to storm damage in 1856.

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October 12, 1999


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The 50 State Quarters Program was launched in 1999 by the U.S. Mint and was a 10-year initiative that honored each of the 50 states. The U.S. Mint issued five new quarters each year in the order that the states ratified the Constitution or were admitted into the Union.

The 1999 State Quarters were the first five coins of the 50 State Quarters Program. The program lasted for 10 years (1999-2008) and was extended to include six more territories in 2009. The coins have a common obverse design of George Washington and a state-specific reverse design. The coins were produced for about 10 weeks each and will never be produced again.

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