Delaware 1999 State Quarter:
Founding Father, Caesar Rodney’s Midnight Ride for American Independence

Delaware is known as “The First State” because it was the first to ratify the U.S. Constitution. The Delaware State Quarter features a horseman representing Caesar Rodney, a delegate who rode 80 miles to cast the deciding vote for American independence from Great Britain.

The design captures Rodney’s determination during his famous midnight ride to Philadelphia in July 1776. He braved sweltering heat and thunderstorms to cast Delaware’s crucial vote for the Declaration of Independence.

Rodney’s pivotal vote served as the tie-breaker and eleven years later, in 1787, Delaware unanimously ratified the United States Constitution. The 50 State Quarters Program honored each state in the order of joining the Union or ratifying the Constitution.

As the first State Quarter, the Delaware Quarter is widely remembered for its reverse design commemorating Rodney’s historic ride. His legacy lives on as a symbol of determination and commitment to independence.

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50 State Quarters Program

ARTIST (Tails Side)

William Cousins


January 4, 1999


The First State

All five 1999 State Quarters in position in a Coin Carousel

Position 1

1. Delaware 1999 State Quarter in Coin Carousel
1. Delaware

Position 2

2. Pennsylvania 1999 State Quarter in Coin Carousel
2. Pennsylvania

Position 3

3. New Jersey 1999 State Quarter in Coin Carousel
3. New Jersey

Position 4

4. Georgia 1999 State Quarter in Coin Carousel
4. Georgia

Position 5

5. Connecticut 1999 State Quarter in Coin Carousel
5. Connecticut

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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