Interesting Facts About the Washington Quarter:
-- The Washington quarter was issued to commemorate George Washington's 200th birthday. It proved so popular with the American public that it inspired the regular series that continues today (with modified reverse designs).
-- Although the regular Standing Liberty quarter of the day still had years to go to reach its legal 25-year term, Congress retired it.
-- The obverse portrait is based on Jean Antoine Houdon's 1785 bust of Washington, modeled from his life at Mount Vernon. The image captures the determined heroism of a great leader who unblinkingly faced enormous challenges.
-- The traditional eagle reverse was replaced in 1999 at the start of the "Statehood" quarter series.