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United States 2005-D California State Quarter Debut Card 25 Cents Brilliant Uncirculated

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Full color commemorative card celebrates the release of the state quarter honoring the most populous and diverse of the United States, California!

Sold out at the Mint!On January 31, 2005, the U.S. Mint released the California state quarter, marking the 31st issue in the tremendously popular State Quarters program. California was admitted as the 31st state of the Union on September 9, 1850, an event precipitated by discovery of gold in 1848 and the famous gold rush of 1849. The state capital is Sacramento. This commemorative card celebrates the launch of the quarter honoring the most populous and diverse state in the United States of America. The card has a die-cut slot to hold the state quarter, allowing display of the reverse design. The card is printed front and back in full color on heavy card stock and measures 5 inches by 4 inches.

California is known for its diverse scenery, climates and ecosystems. The sequoia redwood, the largest living thing on earth, and the bristlecone pine, the oldest living thing on earth, are both indigenous to California. This diversity is reflected in the design of the state quarter. The wilds of Yosemite, one of our first national parks, and its famous landmark Half Dome, are shown being admired by the eminent naturalist and ecologist John Muir. A California condor, the largest bird native to North America, soars majestically overhead.

The California state quarter is not the first U.S. coin to honor the state. In 1925, the mint commemorated the state of California’s Diamond Jubilee by releasing a silver half dollar. Designed by California sculptor Jo Mora, the obverse shows a forty-niner panning for gold, while the reverse depicts a grizzly bear, the California state emblem. Just over 85,000 were struck (appropriately enough at the San Francisco mint) and therefore bear the “S” mint mark.

US 2005 California State Quarter Debut Card

California State Quarter Debut Card
The face or front of the commemorative card features full color images of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco and the famous Hollywood sign outside of Los Angeles. The obverse and reverse of the new quarter are also shown, as are the obverse and reverse of the silver half dollar commemorating California’s diamond jubilee of statehood in 1925.

This diverse panoply of iconic California images is rounded out by the inclusion of two official emblems of California. The official Great Seal of the State of California as well as the official state flag (of the "California Republic") with its rendering of the well-known grizzly bear named "Monarch". The flag is actually, officially called the "Bear Flag". The five-point star is taken from the California Lone Star Flag of 1836.

All of these images are overlaid on a map of the state of California.

The back of the card has photos of the three main design elements of the California State Quarter: John Muir, Half Dome in Yosemite Valley, and the California condor in flight. It also portrays the sequoia redwood, the largest living thing on earth, and the bristlecone pine, the oldest living thing on earth. Both trees are indigenous to California and reflect the biodiversity found there.

US 2005 California State Quarter Debut Card

The California State Quarter
The California state quarter (the 31st in the state quarters program) was officially launched on Monday, January 31, 2005 at the California State History Museum in the state capital of Sacramento. United States Mint Director Henrietta Holsman Fore joined Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and First Lady Maria Shriver at the event. The coin was first reported in circulation about two weeks before the official ceremony marking its release.

The California State Quarter was designed by California graphic designer Garrett Burke, and engraved by U.S. Mint engraver Don Everhart. The design reflects the diversity of nature in California. The wilds of Yosemite, one of our first national parks, and its famous landmark Half Dome, are shown being admired by the eminent naturalist and ecologist John Muir, one of the founders of the Sierra Club. A California condor, the largest bird native to North America, soars majestically overhead.

In the background is a detail of the 1688 map of America by Father Vincenzo Coronelli of Venice, cartographer to King Louis XIV of France. This map shows California as an island, a mistaken belief that persisted for over 200 years.

The commemorative card has a die-cut slot to hold the new state quarter (which is included), allowing display of the reverse design. The card is printed front and back in full color on heavy card stock and measures 5 inches (12.6 cm) by 4 inches (10.1 cm).

Specifications
Country United States of America
Year of Issue 2005
Issuing Authority     
 United States Mint


Face Value 25 Cents
Weight 5.670 g
Diameter 24.26 mm
   
Finish Brilliant Uncirculated
Composition Copper Nickel
Edge Reeded (milled, serrated)
   
Artist Garrett Burke

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