The 50 State Quarters Circulating Commemorative Coin Program.
America's state quarters, the 50 State Quarters circulating commemorative coin program, is the most ambitious program in history. At the rate of one state every 10 weeks for the next 10 years, starting with Delaware and ending with Hawaii, tens of billions of coins will be produced.
When he was director of the U.S. Mint, Philip Diehl wrote: "The idea of a circulating commemoratives has been around the hobby for decades, but frankly, good ideas are a dime a dozen. Far more rare is the ability to move an idea to reality, especially in the rough and tumble environment of Washington, D.C. From my vantage point, the lion's share of the credit for making the 50 States program a reality goes to David Ganz, for his persistence as an advocate, and Congressman Michael Castle for championing the proposal through Congress. David gradually persuaded me of the merits of the proposal, and we at the Mint, in turn, convinced Treasury and the Hill that it was doable. There are other claimants, to be sure, but the hobby owes a debt of gratitude to Congressman Castle and Mr. Ganz."
Congressional Testimony for Circulating Commemoratives
- Congressional testimony offered by David L. Ganz in July, 1995, before Congressman Castle's committee. Click the above link to read.
Citizens Advisory Report
- The text of the confidential Report to the Citizens Advisory Committee (February, 1994) from David L. Ganz, member, on Circulating Commemorative Coinage. Click the above link to read.
If you'd like to learn more about state quarters, click this link to the web site of David Ganz' new book,
"The Official Guide to America's State Quarters" (Random House, 2000).
Some Books by David L. Ganz on Coinage.
The Official guide to U.S. commemorative coins
Planning your rare coin retirement
The World of coins and coin collecting