Jersey State Quarter
Crossing State Park
Carved September 2009
* * * United States of America * * *
Designer: Alfred Maletsky
In adverse weather, Washington crossed the Delaware River with the Continental Army on December 25, 1776 during the American Revolutionary War. This was the first move in a surprise attack against Hessian soldiers garrisoned at Trenton. After a brief struggle in the Battle of Trenton, nearly the entire Hessian force was captured; only 3 Americans were killed and 6 wounded, while 22 Hessians were killed with 98 wounded. The Americans captured 1,000 prisoners and seized muskets, powder and artillery. The battle boosted the Continental Army's flagging morale, and inspired re-enlistments. The revolution itself had been in doubt only a week earlier and the army seemed on the verge of collapse. However, with this victory, soldiers agreed to stay and new recruits came and joined the ranks.
The Reverse was carved originally for a Letterboxing Trading Card (LTC) series of the US State Quarters. Being a NJ resident, I asked to create the NJ State Quarter LTC. The Obverse was originally going to be part of the LTC but I decided that it wasn't going to work for that project and put it aside. After the LTC was created and the Obverse finally carved, I decided that the only appropriate place to plant the stamps (eventually) is at Washington Crossing State Park.
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