The Maine quarter's reverse features
Pemaquid Point Lighthouse atop a granite coast and a
schooner at sea..
The Maine quarter is the third quarter of 2003, and the 23rd in the 50 State
Quarters® Program. Maine became the 23rd state to be admitted into the Union,
as part of the Missouri Compromise on March 15, 1820. The Maine quarter design
incorporates a rendition of the Pemaquid Point Light atop a granite coast and
of a schooner at sea.
Pemaquid Point Light is located in New Harbor, and marks the entrance to
Muscongus Bay and Johns Bay. Since the beginning of ship activity in the area,
a shoal created hazardous navigation conditions, causing many shipwrecks. As
maritime trade increased in the area, so did the need for a lighthouse. In
1826, Congress appropriated funds to build a lighthouse at Pemaquid Point.
Although the original building was replaced in 1835, and the original 10 lamps
in 1856, the light is still a beacon for ships and remains one of Maine's most
popular tourist attractions. The schooner resembles "Victory Chimes, " the last
three-masted schooner of the Windjammer Fleet. "Victory Chimes" has become
synonymous with Maine windjamming.
In March 2001, Governor Angus King established the Commission on the Maine
State Quarter Design. The Commission reviewed many concepts before choosing
three to forward to the Governor for recommendation. Governor King added a
fourth concept to the three concepts the Commission recommended and forwarded
them to the United States Mint. The United States Mint then returned four
candidate designs based on the concepts. They included "Nation's First Light,"
"Where America's Day Begins," Mt. Katahdin, and the lighthouse at Pemaquid
Point. The Pemaquid Point Light design was chosen by popular vote, with over
100,000 Maine residents participating.
To learn more about Maine, visit http://www.state.me.us/