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The Connecticut State Quarter

The Connecticut State Quarter - #5 in Series The Connecticut quarter is the last of five quarters minted in 1999. "The Charter Oak" was chosen for the design.

It was October 31, 1687 and it was evening. A British representative of King James II challenged Connecticut's government and demanded its surrender. The Connecticut Charter was on the table between the opposing parties. During the very "heated discussions," the candles flickered and were mysteriously snuffed, throwing the room into total darkness. When the light was restored, the Connecticut Charter was nowhere to be found. Captain Joseph Wadsworth is said to have absconded with the document and hidden it in the hollow of an oak tree on Samuel Wylly's property; the Charter Oak.

Source: United States Mint, http://www.usmint.gov, January 17, 2000.

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