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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?


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.


12:31 PM  
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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...

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:

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.

Iron Rails & Iron Weights

9:19 PM  

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