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Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Down with montage quarters!

I just saw my first Colorado quarter. I like it. Good choice on a clean landscape. I don't like any of those montage quarters at all. The California quarter is ok, I suppose, although I don't know why that pterodactyl is attacking John Muir. I was hoping for the waves and sunset quarter, 'cause I liked the abstraction and emphasis on the Pacific. I hated, hated, hated the ugly miner coin that won the popular vote. Why would we use extractive industry to symbolize our state?

14 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually, have you checked out North Dakota's quarter? It has BISON! Or is it buffalo? Either way, large, furry, horned animals with a setting sun. That is pretty cool .

Plus, there is no cheesy banner that says "Nifty North Dakota."

11:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's a condor, come on, petrodactyls didn't have feathers that I'm aware of.

Justin

12:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Connecticut. http://www.usmint.gov/mint_programs/50sq_program/states/index.cfm?state=CT

12:32 PM  
Anonymous eb said...

Note that it's panning for gold, not strip or hydraulic or other styles of more land intensive (so to speak) mining that's used to symbolize the state.

1:25 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

This would make an awesome California quarter.

1:47 PM  
Anonymous teofilo said...

I don't see the problem with using extractive industry to symbolize a state in whose history it played a huge role.

4:34 PM  
Blogger Pat said...

Is John Muir related to Mrs. Muir from The Ghost and Mrs. Muir? If so, that's one cool quarter you guys created.

4:57 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

'Cause it was a freakin' environmental disaster, the consequences of which are still hugely present, and when we gotta pick just one image to describe an incredibly heterogeneous state, we go with the bad news?

4:58 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

Pat:
Dunno if it is the same Mrs. Muir.

4:59 PM  
Anonymous teofilo said...

You seem to be operating under the assumption that California is a good thing.

5:49 PM  
Anonymous eb said...

Some prefer sentiment; others, sediment.

6:22 PM  
Anonymous YK said...

As for Colorado, I like the "centennial state" design better. Grand Mesa and Pike's Peak might be bigger mountains, but they don't look as good.

6:49 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

"Book of Ratings" covers the state quarters:
http://www.bookofratings.com/morequarters.html
http://www.bookofratings.com/quarters3.html
http://www.bookofratings.com/quarters4.html

8:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

New Hampshire's quarter stands out in an unusual way. It features the Old Man of the Mountains rock profile - which collapsed not long after the quarter came out. Oops.

Peter
Iron Rails & Iron Weights

9:19 PM  

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