The quarter (also called a quarter dollar) is a US coin worth twenty five cents. Four quarters make a dollar. One quarter can be written 25¢ or $0.25.

Quarters are made out of an alloy (a mixture of metals) of 91.67 percent copper and 8.33 percent nickel (before 1965, the quarter was made out of silver). The quarter has a edge with 119 ridges. This coin is 24.26 mm in diameter and is 1.75 mm thick.

The George Washington quarter has been minted since 1932, when it replaced the Liberty quarter.

In 1999, the US Mint began producing a series of 50 state quarters, honoring each state’s history, traditions, and symbols; the series will be complete in 2008 (five new state quarters are made each year – Delaware was the first and Hawaii will be the last). George Washington is on the front (obverse) of the state quarters, and the individual states will be featured on the reverse. The quarters are issued in the order that the states joined the Union.

## Quarters in Circulation

The front (obverse) of the quarter pictures a left-facing profile of George Washington, the first President of the United States of America. This coin was minted in 1932; it was designed by John Flannagan.

The front reads, “LIBERTY,” “IN GOD WE TRUST,” and the year the coin was minted. The small initial by Washington is the mint mark, denoting the location of the US mint that produced the coin (D means Denver, Colorado, S means San Francisco, California, and P means Philadelphia, Pennsylvania).

The back (reverse) of the quarter pictures the presidential coat of arms (an eagle with outstretched wings).

The back reads, “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,” “E PLURIBUS UNUM” (which means, “Out of many, one”), and “QUARTER DOLLAR.”

## The New State Quarter

The front (obverse) of the US states quarter pictures a left-facing profile of George Washington, the first President of the United States of America.

The front reads, “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,” “LIBERTY,” “IN GOD WE TRUST,” and “QUARTER DOLLAR.” The small initial by Washington is the mint mark, denoting the location of the US mint that produced the coin (D means Denver, Colorado, S means San Francisco, California, and P means Philadelphia, Pennsylvania).

## Activities Involving Quarters

Color the front and back of a quarter in this printout.

Color the front of the new state quarter in this printout.

Color four US coins, front and back.

Label the US coins and what they are worth.

**Answers**

Cut out the four cards and arrange them so they show the coins (penny, nickel dime, and quarter) in order of their value.

Add up the quarters in these printouts:

Adding Quarters #1

Adding Quarters #2

Adding Quarters #3

Adding Quarters #4

Adding Quarters #5

Adding Quarters #6

Subtract the quarters in these printouts:

Subtracting Quarters #1

Subtracting Quarters #2

Subtracting Quarters #3

Subtract quarters from a dollar.

Figure out how many money is in each group of quarters.

Figure out how much money is in each group of quarters and pennies in these printouts:

How Much? (Pennies and Quarters): Printout #1

How Much? (Pennies and Quarters): Printout #2

How Much? (Pennies and Quarters): Printout #3

Figure out how much money is in each group of quarters and pennies in these printouts:

How Much? (Nickels and Quarters): Printout #1

How Much? (Nickels and Quarters): Printout #2

How Much? (Nickels and Quarters): Printout #3

Figure out how much money is in each group of quarters and dimes in these printouts:

How Much? (Dimes and Quarters): Printout #1

How Much? (Dimes and Quarters): Printout #2

How Much? (Dimes and Quarters): Printout #3

Figure out how much money is in each group of mixed coins:

How Much?: Printout #1

How Much?: Printout #2

How Much?: Printout #3

How Much?: Printout #4

How Much?: Printout #5

How Much?: Printout #6

How Much?: Printout #7

How Much?: Printout #8

How Much?: Printout #9

How Much?: Printout #10

Match each group of coins to what it’s worth in these printouts:

Match Groups to Values Printout #1

Match Groups to Values Printout #2

Match Groups to Values Printout #3

Match Groups to Values Printout #4

Match the coins to the amounts written in two different ways in these printouts:

Matching Printout #1

Matching Printout #2

Matching Printout #3

Match the groups of coins of equal amounts in these printouts:

Matching Groups Printout #1

Matching Groups Printout #2

Matching Groups Printout #3