Hampshire quarter's reverse showcases the rock
formation, "The Old Man of the Mountain.
The New Hampshire quarter, the ninth coin
released under the 50 State Quarters™ Program, honors one of
the state's most unique natural attractions, "The Old Man of
the Mountain. " The states motto, "Live free or die," and nine
stars, representing New Hampshire being the ninth state to
ratify the Constitution, complete the design.
"The Old Man of the Mountain" is a rock
formation that can be found on Mt. Cannon in the Franconia
Notch gateway to Northern New Hampshire. From the right view,
this unique rock formation, comprised of five layers of Conway
red granite, depicts the distinct profile of an elderly man
gazing eastward. Geographers believe that the layers of
granite were positioned by the melting and slipping away
action of an ice sheet that covered the Franconia Mountains at
the end of the glacial period - some 2,000 to 10,000 years
ago. Today, the formation, measuring over 40 feet high with a
lateral distance of 25 feet, is held in place by cables and
turnbuckles to prevent further slipping and possible
The "formation" of the New Hampshire quarter
design began when New Hampshire Governor Jeanne Shaheen
established a Commemorative Quarter Committee with
representatives from the Department of Cultural Affairs, Arts
Educators, Numismatics, Historical Societies, the Senate and
House and New Hampshire citizens. The Committee opened a
competition to all New Hampshire residents to submit design
concepts for the New Hampshire quarter and even created a Web
site to broadcast the selection process and other information
about the program.
Governor Shaheen then forwarded the final design
concept selection honoring "The Old Man of the Mountain"
to the Secretary of the Treasury who gave final approval.
To learn more about New Hampshire, visit http://www.state.nh.us/