Price Guide and Information for 2002 Louisiana State Quarters
2002 Louisiana State Quarter History
The obverse of the 2002 Louisiana State Quarter shows the standard Washington Quarter design with a few alterations. The Washington Quarter, that ran from 1932-1998, had the date on the obverse, as well as the word “Liberty.” This design was changed slightly with the introduction of the State Quarters, and later the Territory Quarters and National Park Quarters. The new design still shows Washington looking left, however the obverse text now reads “United States of America – Liberty – In God We Trust – Quarter Dollar.” The reverse of this coin depicts a trumpet to the top, a pelican to the bottom, and an image of the United States of America in the middle. In 1803, Thomas Jefferson purchased 530,000,000 acres of land from the French ruler, Napoleon Bonaparte. The purchase cost $15,000,000 and included the entire middle of the present-day United States. Ultimately, this purchase added thirteen new states. The musical culture of jazz was rooted in different cultures. When slaves were brought to America, they brought their musical roots with them. But, there was also a French influence on the jazz culture due to a musical revolution happening in Europe. So, with the representation of the trumpet and the Louisiana Purchase, the coin is symbolizing not only the land acquired and the musical roots, but also the roots derived from French culture. At the bottom of the coin is the state bird, the pelican. These coins did not please anyone seeking aesthetics. Most people did not like the fact that the coin represented the Louisiana Purchase, but then it also showed details that were very particular to the state of Louisiana. Critics said that the two did not mesh together well and that there was a lack of cohesiveness to the coin. This was the 18th coin released in the Statehood Quarters program. The reverse text of the coin reads “Louisiana 1812 – Louisiana Purchase – 2002 – E Pluribus Unum.” All of the Statehood Quarters were clad, meaning that they were seventy-five to eighty percent copper, and the rest was composed of nickel. The core of the coins were solid copper. These coins, however, were produced in silver for special Silver Proof Sets. The coins minted in included Tennessee, Ohio, Louisiana, Indiana, and Mississippi
Errors on the 2002 Louisiana State Quarter There are currently no known errors of this coin. If you ever run across anything that looks unusual with the Louisiana State Quarter, please contact one of our experts to have the error verified, or send the coin to a professional grading company for their opinion. However, the average circulation State Quarter is only worth the face value of $0.25. These coins can be spent, saved, or taken to the bank.
Varieties on the 2002 Louisiana State Quarter This coin, designed by John Flanagan and John Mercanti was produced in a silver variety as part of proof sets. There were a total of 888,826 silver coins produced for this series. They are composed of 90% silver and 10% copper. The average price of the single silver coin ranges from $5 to $10, depending on the grade. The easy indicator to determine if your coin is silver is by the mint mark. The silver quarters will have an “S” mintmark, rather than a “P” or “D.” In addition to the silver quarters, late-night TV. began selling gold plated State Quarters in an attempt to con viewers into thinking that the coin would be worth a lot more. Unfortunately, the amount of gold that it takes to plate a quarter is very insignificant, and these gold plated quarters have no value in the collector community.