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16 Sep 2020

The Fifty States of Coinage-Part 8-Delaware

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Hello Folks. And today, we will visit the great state of Delaware.

Delaware was first settled by the Swedish people. They set up a colony and began to settle when our friends, the English, came over and settled the region. They took chunks of three colonies and formed the colony of Delaware. In the late 1600's, William Penn wanted a seaboard, so more territory was taken from Delaware to form the small riverside area on the Delaware River now known as Philadelphia. Later, after the American Revolution, the state became the first state to ratify the constitution.
Today, thanks to its laws, Delaware is now a safe haven for corporate industry, the state having the domicile of 50% of all NYSE companies and 60% of all Fortune companies. Famous people from Delaware include Joe Biden and Caesar Rodney.
To the coins, now.

Delaware is proud of their native son Caesar Rodney, and so he is portrayed on the 50 State Quarters program. In 1999, the program started, with Delaware having the honors as the first state to release their coin. On it, is Rodney on horseback, referencing his 18-hour ride to Philly, just in time to cast the deciding vote on whether the colonies should succeed from Great Britain. Also on the coin, is the words "The First State" another reminder that Delaware was the first state to ratify the Constitution.

On the America the Beautiful Coin, is Bombay Hook NWR. This little-known reserve of land is one of the few remaining stretches of "tidal salt marsh" in the Mid-Atlantic region. However, the 2015 coin's design is one to forget-yet another bird, the 4th of a series of 7 birds that would be placed on the America the Beautiful Coins.

In 1936, during the commemorative coin craze, came another low-mintage coin- the DelawareTercentenaryHalf Dollar. The entire coin honors the Swedish in Delaware. On the front, is the Old Swedes Church, still visible if you head to First State NHS today. On the back is the Kalmar Nickel, the first ship used to carry the people from Sweden. Not surprisingly, the sponsor of this coin was- The Delaware Swedish TercentenaryCommission.

Thanks, and see you soon!



Level 4

The image of the old wooden sailing ship immediately invokes wild wonder as to the strength of men and women to cross vast oceans in exploration. Thanks for the article.


Level 6

Beautiful half buck. Thanks.


Level 7

I'm a fan of the commen. I like the older coins. The new quarters starting with the statehood brought allot of Kids into the hobby. I heard next year the final one of ATB quarter will end the new ones I heard will have animals in them.


Level 5

I never really got caught up in the state quarter program, but I must say your knowledge of the Delaware coinage did strike my interest. May have to readjust my lack of interest in that area. The 1936 Commemorative is certainly a coin worth pursuing. Nice background and research for the blog. Thanks.


Level 5

I am a Delaware native and attended the Caesar Rodney School district for all of my schoolings. So, I'm particularly fond of the 1999 Quarters. Bombay Hook is a beautiful place to visit. I spent a lot of time in my youth there. In addition to the above, I also collect Delaware Colonial currency. Great blog.

I. R. Bama

Level 5

Thanks for another interesting and informative blog, I'm with Mokie, I love a ship on a coin myself


Level 5

Deleware coins are nice. Love the ship, horse and bird. Another great blog on the fifty states. Might have to buy one of those with the ship !

I wasn't a big fan of the sated quarter, not enough there to me. The commemorative is great because of the church, i don't think most people know it was first settled by Swedes. Thanks coin fodder!


Level 6

I love a ship on a coin, the Delaware Tercentenary Half is quite lovely. Thanks for taking us on a visit to the First State.

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