Louisiana 2002 State Quarter:
Unveiling the Pelican and the Historic Louisiana Purchase Legacy

Introducing the 2002 Louisiana State Quarter, a vibrant coin that celebrates the state’s cultural and historical significance. This captivating design showcases the iconic brown pelican, Louisiana’s state bird, alongside a trumpet emitting musical notes. The coin also features an outline representing the vast land acquired by the United States in the historic Louisiana Purchase from France.

In 1803, President Thomas Jefferson acquired a staggering 530 million acres of land, encompassing the heartland of present-day America, from French ruler Napoleon Bonaparte. This monumental purchase, valued at $15 million, forever shaped the nation’s geography.

The Louisiana state quarter pays homage to Louisiana’s rich musical heritage, rooted in diverse cultural influences. The fusion of musical traditions, including those brought by enslaved Africans, laid the foundation for the birth of jazz, a truly American art form.

Experience the 2002 Louisiana State Quarter, an exquisite tribute to the state’s natural beauty, musical legacy, and its pivotal role in shaping the United States through the historic Louisiana Purchase.

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50 State Quarters Program

ARTIST (Tails Side)

John Mercanti


May 20, 2002


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All five 2002 State Quarters in position in a Coin Carousel

Position 1

16. Tennessee 2002 State Quarter in Coin Carousel
16. Tennessee

Position 2

17. Ohio 2002 State Quarter in Coin Carousel
17. Ohio

Position 3

18. Louisiana 2002 State Quarter in Coin Carousel
18. Louisiana

Position 4

19. Indiana 2002 State Quarter in Coin Carousel
19. Indiana

Position 5

20. Mississippi 2002 State Quarter in Coin Carousel
20. Mississippi

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 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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