The $80 million history of gems during the bicentennial quarter 

The quarter's reverse side, designed by Jack L. Ahr, features a colonial drummer boy with a torch encircled by thirteen stars, representing the original colonies.  

This period was not just about looking back at history but also about celebrating the natural wealth and artistic talents that have become part of the American heritage. 

During the mid-1970s, the gemstone market in the United States was experiencing a renaissance.  

The value of the gemstone market during this era can be estimated to have reached around $80 million, driven by both domestic production and imports. 

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This period saw a surge in interest in a variety of gemstones, including diamonds, sapphires, emeralds, and an array of semi-precious stones such as turquoise, amethyst, and garnet. 

Firstly, there was an increased appreciation for the cultural and historical significance of gemstones.  

Moreover, the economic prosperity of the post-World War II era had given rise to a burgeoning middle class with disposable income.  

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