Virginia quarter's reverse features the three ships that
brought the settlers to Jamestown, VA.
The Virginia quarter, the tenth coin released
under the 50 States Quarter ™ Program, honors our nation's
oldest colony, Jamestown, VA. Jamestown turns 400 years old in
2007. The selected design features the three ships, Susan
Constant, Godspeed, and Discovery. These ships brought the
first English settlers to Jamestown.
On April 10, 1606, King James I of England
chartered the Virginia Company to encourage colonization in
the New World. The first expedition, consisting of the three
ships depicted on the quarter, embarked from London on
December 20, 1606. On May 12, 1607, they landed on a small
island along the James River nearly 60 miles from the mouth of
the Chesapeake Bay. It was here the original settlers (104 men
and boys) established the first permanent English settlement
called Jamestown, in honor of King James I.
The selection of the design for Virginia's
new quarter began when Governor James Gilmore III selected
State Treasurer Susan F. Dewey to serve as liaison to the U.S.
Mint for the 50 States Quarter ™ Program. Ideas were solicited
from colleges, universities, museums, and state agencies.
Public comment was overwhelming, with thousands of responses
Representatives from the Library of Virginia,
the Department of Historic Resources, the Virginia Tourism
Corporation and the Department of General Services assisted
the State Treasurer in selecting design concepts for the
Virginia quarter. The citizens of Virginia were encouraged to
provide their comments. Governor Gilmore then forwarded his
concept recommendation, the Jamestown Quadricentennial, to
the Secretary of the Treasury who gave final
To learn more about Virginia, visit http://www.state.va.us/