Delaware 1999 State Quarter:
The Forgotten Founding State with a Hidden Message
Did you know that the Delaware 1999 50 State Quarter holds a hidden message within its design?
The horseman on the coin represents Caesar Rodney, a Delaware delegate who rode 80 miles from Dover to Philadelphia to cast the deciding vote for American independence. But look closely at the horse’s tail, and you’ll notice it forms the shape of the state. This clever design element adds an intriguing layer to the coin’s symbolism, emphasizing Delaware’s pivotal role in shaping the nation’s history.
Delaware was the first state to ratify the U.S. Constitution, earning it the nickname “The First State”.
The 50 State Quarter program honored each state in the order of joining the Union or ratifying the Constitution. As the first State Quarter, the Delaware coin is one of the most widely remembered reverse designs.