|Marvelous, you found the missing Massachusetts State Quarter!|
here to go back to the Capitol to find the
remaining missing quarters.
|Investigate The State Quarters|
Massachusetts had the privilege of being the first state to introduce its quarter in 2000, the new millennium. In 1998 Massachusetts Governor Cellucci allowed only students to enter the quarter design contest. Over 100 students entered. The Governor made the final selection, which was a Minuteman drawing submitted by a sixth and seventh grader.
The Minuteman pictured on the left side of the quarter can be seen at the entrance of The Minuteman National Historical Park in Concord, Massachusetts. The Minuteman statue in the park is located where one of the first battles occurred between the British and colonists during the Revolutionary War. Minutemen played a major role during the war. They were farmers and colonists who were prepared to fight at a minute's notice.
|Behind the Minuteman is an outline of the state of Massachusetts and its islands, Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard. A star is on its capital, Boston. Boston is one of the country's oldest and most historic cities. English Puritans founded the city in 1630 and established The Massachusetts Bay Colony. The Puritans were a religious group of people who believed in governing themselves through their churches. They also had a love for learning and a strong belief in a good education for everyone. The Massachusetts Bay Colony was the first colony to make coins. On the right side of the quarter is the state's nickname "The Bay State." Early settlers such as the Puritans used the nickname because there are a lot of bays surrounding the state. They are the Massachusetts, Boston, Cape Cod, and Plymouth Bays. Massachusetts is known for many "firsts." Some are the first newspaper, printing press, library, public school, and college. It was the 6th state to enter the union on February 6, 1788.|