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Carved September 2009
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Reverse Designer: Alfred Maletsky
Released on May 17, 1999, this is the 3rd coin in the 50 State Quarters Program.
New Jersey was admitted to the Union on December 18, 1787.
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.
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