The Rhode Island quarter, the third quarter released
in 2001 honors the "Ocean State." Featuring a
vintage sailboat gliding through Rhode Island's famous
Narragansett Bay, and an image of the Pell Bridge in the
background, with the design showcasing Rhode Island's
most popular sport-sailing.
With more than 400 miles of coastline, Rhode Island,
the smallest state in the Union, has more than 100 fresh
water and salt water beaches. Known as the "sailing
capital" of the world, Rhode Island was home to the
World Cup for more than 50 years. Narragansett Bay is
crucial to the architecture of Rhode Island. An inlet of
the Atlantic Ocean, extending into eastern Rhode Island,
the Bay receives four major rivers, and has several
Selection of the design began when Governor Lincoln
Almond issued an order authorizing the Rhode Island
State Council on the Arts to organize a Coin Concept
Advisory Panel. More than 500 design concepts were
submitted to the panel and three finalists were chosen.
Rhode Island residents were invited to vote for their
favorite design at area libraries, the Statehouse and
via the Internet. The sailboat design was declared the
winner, earning 57 percent of the 34,566 votes cast.