State Seal The state seal shows wheat, cotton and a plow. They stand for Tennessee's agriculture . A riverboat represents river traffic and its importance to Tennessee’s trade. At the top are the Roman numerals XVI. Meaning 16. They stand for Tennessee's Place as the 16 th state. At the bottom is the date 1796 – the year Tennessee became a state.
State Commemorative Quarter Released on March 12, 2001. The design of the quarter presents the musical heritage of Tennessee; by representing three of the distinct musical traditions of the Volunteer State. The fiddle represents the Appalachian music of eastern Tennessee. The trumpet represents the jazz and blues heritage of western Tennessee. The guitar represents country music, prevalent in central Tennessee. Sheet music emphasizes the impact of these three musical traditions on the United States and on the world.