Do you remember the Beanie Baby fad and how customers would stand in line just to get one beanie bear? The fad of the Beanie Baby, as we knew it back then, has come and gone. Yes, the beanie babies are still out there, but new fads evolved... the U.S. Mint state quarters combined with cute 9” collectible stuffed bears.
In October 15, 1998, the company Limited Treasures, Inc. first started producing 9” stuffed collectible bears called Home Heroes. These small stuffed bears consisted of a police bear, rescue fire bear, Army bear, Navy bear, Air Force bear, Marine bear, and more.
In 1999, the U.S. mint initiated a new state quarter program featuring each of the nation’s states in the order they were ratified by the constitution or admitted into the Union. The 50 State Quarters were to be minted over 10 years, with five different states being released each year. Each state quarter was to be produced for about 10 weeks and then never to be produced again, making the earlier coins harder to find. And so, the collectors started collecting the states quarters as they were released.
During this time, Limited Treasures started producing state quarter coin bears about 6-8 weeks after the U.S. state quarters were released. Each bear was designed with different colors and its statehood number on the bear's left foot. An actual U.S. minted state quarter was mounted on its right paw. The date the statehood was embroidered on the side of its right leg. (See chart below for each state and statehood.) To give the bears more history, the state’s name was embroidered across the chest of the bear with the outline shape of the state the bear representative. Inside each state's shape, an embroidered star was located, representing the approximate location of the state’s capital.
Each bear has a Limited Treasures Coin Bear Hang Tag. Inside each hang tag is information about each state describing the state flag; information about the state flower, state bird, nickname, capital, and statehood. These cute collectible bears not only had the state quarters representing their state…but also contained educational information about each state.
Below is a chart with not only the number of each state admitted to the United States, but the name of the state and the date it was admitted/statehood. You will also find this information on each of the collectible state coin bears, making the bears cute and educational.
Have fun collecting these adorable 9" Limited Treasures State Quarter Coin Bears. But remember ... these state quarter collectible bears are not only cute but educational also!
On the butt/tush of each bear is a small label bearing the Limited Treasures trademark. On the back of the label is the date bear that was manufactured and information about the material used in the bear: “All New Material Polyester Fiber and P.E. Pellets.”
To verify the bear and state quarter was an authentic Limited Treasures collectible coin bear, a counterfeit-resistant hologram was placed on each hang tag's back.
At the same time, other companies made the small stuffed bear and placed a state quarter on the bears' chest, but these bears did not seem to be as popular as the Limited Treasure state quarter coin collectible bears.
Since the state quarters were not being produced anymore, many of the state quarters were becoming limited. As long as Limited Treasures was able to obtain the quarters, the bears continued to be made. However, many of the quarters are no longer available for the bears…thus, the bears are no longer being produced and are becoming very limited. Retailers are no longer able to obtain them for sale now. So when trying to buy any of the Limited Treasure bears individually, be sure the retailer has the bear before you start your collection. Some retailers hold the more limited bears back for their bear sets rather than selling them individually. However, there are still bears to be collected. You just need to watch out for them. Who knows, as the coins become more valuable, your collectible coin bears may also become more valuable due to the coins are no longer being minted.