House Resolution 3301, which became Public Law 105-176, gave the Treasury Department more freedom in designing the layout of state quarters. It was signed into law on May 29, 1998. For more information about the passage of this law, click here.
One Hundred Fifth Congress
United States of America
AT THE SECOND SESSION
Begun and held at the City of Washington on Tuesday,
the twenty-seventh day of January, one thousand nine hundred and ninety-eight
To amend chapter 51 of title 31, United States Code, to allow the
Secretary of the Treasury greater discretion with regard to the placement of the
required inscriptions on quarter dollars issued under the 50 States
Commemorative Coin Program.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United
States of America in Congress assembled, That section 5112(l)(1) of title
31, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new
`(C) FLEXIBILITY WITH REGARD TO PLACEMENT OF INSCRIPTIONS-
Notwithstanding subsection (d)(1), the Secretary may select a design for
quarter dollars issued during the 10-year period referred to in
subparagraph (A) in which--
`(i) the inscription described in the second sentence of subsection
(d)(1) appears on the reverse side of any such quarter dollars;
`(ii) any inscription described in the third sentence of subsection
(d)(1) or the designation of the value of the coin appears on the
obverse side of any such quarter dollars.'.
Speaker of the House of Representatives.
Vice President of the United States and
President of the Senate.