October 29, 2022 | Last updated Jun 30, 2023

Nebraska Quarter Commemorative Set

On April 6, 2006, the Nebraska Quarter, with an image of Chimney Rock (a Nebraska State Historical Society Historic Site), was launched with much fanfare around the state. The Society was deeply involved in the planning of the launch events and was privileged to be the distributor of the Nebraska Quarter Commemorative Sets. On March 31 thirty thousand loose Nebraska Quarters were delivered to the Society in canvas bags. Immediately Awards Unlimited in Lincoln, the vendor for the commemorative set packaging, formed their “25¢ Swat Team” (complete with t-shirts), and began assembling the sets. These were then delivered to the Society’s Nebraska History Museum, where staff and volunteers inserted them into special envelopes for delivery to the launch sites and the museum store.

By Monday, April 10, all fifteen thousand sets had been sold. The proceeds from the sales will go to the Nebraska State Historical Society Foundation and will be used for innovative projects in education. Many artifacts relating to the Nebraska Quarter launch (including a commemorative set) have been added to the Society’s permanent collection. Here are a few:

Nebraska quarter case

The official Nebraska Quarter Commemorative Set 

25 cent T-shirt (13052-1)

T-shirt worn by the Awards Unlimited “25¢ Swat Team” 

NSHS 13052-1

Canvas bag with tag in which 000 of loose Nebraska Quarters were delivered NSHS 11055-2918

Canvas bag with tag in which $1000 of loose Nebraska Quarters were delivered

NSHS 11055-2917

Canvas bag quarters were delivered in (11055-2917)

Canvas bag with tag in which $1000 of loose Nebraska Quarters were delivered

NSHS 11055-2917


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