quarter's reverse celebrates the state's geographical outline, motto,
tree, and nickname.
The Georgia quarter, the fourth quarter released under the
50 State Quarters™ Program, is a real peach. The selected design
incorporates several symbols associated with this traditional, yet very
diverse southern state.
Just from studying the Georgia quarter design, one can
learn a lot about the fourth state of the Union. The selected design
prominently features the peach - a symbol long associated with the state -
within the confines of a silhouetted outline of the state. Live Oak sprigs
boarder the central design paying homage to the official state tree, the Live
Oak. And if you ever need to know the Georgia state motto, simply look across
the top of the design, where the words "Wisdom, Justice,
Moderation," grace a hanging banner.
The selection process for the Georgia quarter was initiated
when Georgia Governor Zell Miller tasked the Georgia Council for the Arts with
the development and selection of the Georgia circulating quarter design. The
Council responded by submitting five design concepts to the United States
Mint. Of these five designs, four candidates were reviewed and recommended by
the Citizens Commemorative Coin Advisory Committee and the Fine Arts
Commission, and approved by the Secretary of the Treasury for use on the 1999
Georgia quarter. Upon receipt and careful review of the designs, Governor
Miller selected the featured design.
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