2007 State Quarters

State Quarters Obverse

Washington Bust State Quarter coin Obverse
State Quarter Specifications
Cladding Contentcopper/nickel
Core Content 100% copper
Weight 5.7 grams
Edge Reeded
Diameter 24.3 mm
Obverse DesignerJohn Flanagan

The State Quarter program began with passage on October 20, 1996 of the United States Commemorative Quarter Act, a program intended to recognizing each of the fifty states with its own circulating quarter. An independent study encouraged Congress to proceed with the program and a green light was given to this unprecedented coin series, and President Clinton signed it into law.

Under this program, each state was to be celebrated with its own unique reverse design on the Washington Quarter. The quarters obverse was to remained essentially the same, however, some of the statutory inscriptions were relocated to the obverse to make room for the new commemorative reverse design. It's uncertain if the regular Washington type, and the heraldic eagle reverse, will ever return.

The modified obverse bears the initials of both the original sculptor, John Flanagan (JF) and the U. S. Mint sculptor/engraver responsible for revising it, William Cousins (WC).

Montana State Quarter

Montana State Quarter coin Reverse

Montana

Date/Mint Circulation Strikes
Montana
2007 P 257,000,000
2007 D 256,240,000
Reverse Designer Donna Weaver

The Montana Quarter is the First of the 50 States Commemorative Quarters released by the U.S. Mint in the year 2007, and the 41st of the entire series.

According to the U.S. Mint's official website, Montana, nicknamed Big Sky Country, was admitted into the Union on November 8, 1889, becoming our Nation's 41st state. The reverse of Montana's quarter features a bison skull depicted above the diverse Montana landscape with the inscription Big Sky Country. The coin also bears the inscriptions Montana and 1889.

The bison skull is a powerful symbol, sacred to many of Montana's American Indian tribes. This symbol can be seen across the State on schools, businesses and license plates, and reflects the rich native tradition of Montana, which was once home to large tribes such as the Crow and the Northern Cheyenne. After a visit from Lewis and Clark, Montana became a destination first for fur trappers and later for gold prospectors following the discovery of gold in the 1860's. Cattle ranchers also made their way west to Montana. This rapid growth in population led to boomtowns. The nickname Big Sky Country reminds residents of Montana's open lands and pioneering way.

The recommended design was chosen based on feedback from the Montana Quarter Design Selection Commission, which was created by Governor Brian Schweitzer, and a subsequent public vote. United States Mint sculptor-engravers and artists participating in the United States Mint's Artistic Infusion Program rendered the Bison Skull design and three others submitted to Governor Schweitzer. The designs were based on narratives submitted by Montana residents.

Washington State Quarter

Washington State Quarter coin Reverse

Washington

Date/Mint Circulation Strikes
Washington
2007 P 265,200,000
2007 D 280,000,000
Reverse Designer Susan Gample

The Washington Quarter is the Second of the 50 States Commemorative Quarters released by the U.S. Mint in the year 2007, and the 42nd of the entire series.

According to the U.S. Mint's official website, the reverse of Washington’s quarter features a king salmon breaching the water in front of majestic Mount Rainier. The coin bears the inscriptions The Evergreen State, Washington and 1889.

Mount Rainier is an active volcano encased in more than 35 square miles of snow and glacial ice. It is the symbolic bridge between the eastern and western parts of the State. The salmon is another important symbol of Washington. It is a traditional image of Pacific Northwest culture, and this fish has provided nourishment for the native peoples of the Pacific Northwest. Newsman and real estate pioneer C.T. Conover nicknamed Washington the Evergreen State because of its many lush evergreen forests.

Idaho State Quarter

Idaho State Quarter coin Reverse

Idaho

Date/Mint Circulation Strikes
Idaho
2007 P 294,600,000
2007 D 286,800,000
Reverse Designer Donna Weaver

The Idaho Quarter is the Third of the 50 States Commemorative Quarters released by the U.S. Mint in the year 2007, and the 43rd of the entire series.

According to the U.S. Mint's official website, the reverse of Idaho's quarter features the Peregrine Falcon imposing its presence above an outline of the State of Idaho. The coin bears the inscriptions Esto Perpetua (the State motto which means, May it be Forever), Idaho and 1890.

The Peregrine Falcon is one of the fastest birds in the world. Once on the endangered species list, it can now be found throughout Idaho and the United States because of conservation efforts.

The Department of the Treasury approved the design on June 26, 2006. Two other designs were considered, including Farmland Tapestry, showing the farmland of Idaho with its majestic timber-covered mountains rising above, and State Song, featuring the outline of the State and lyrics.

Wyoming State Quarter

Wyoming State Quarter coin Reverse

Wyoming

Date/Mint Circulation Strikes
Wyoming
2007 P 243,600,000
2007 D 320,800,000
Reverse Designer Donna Weaver

The Wyoming Quarter is the 4th of the 50 States Commemorative Quarters released by the U.S. Mint in the year 2007, and the 44th of the entire series.

According to the U.S. Mint's official website, Wyoming, nicknamed the Equality State, was admitted into the Union on July 10, 1890, becoming our Nation's 44th state. The reverse of Wyoming's quarter features a bucking horse and rider with the inscriptions The Equality State, Wyoming and 1890.

The bucking horse and rider symbolize Wyoming's Wild West heritage. Buffalo Bill Cody personified this in his traveling Wild West show. First settled by fur trappers, Fort Laramie, Wyoming, later became a popular destination for pioneers traveling the Oregon Trail.

Wyoming was nicknamed the Equality State because of its historical role in establishing equal voting rights for women. Wyoming was the first territory to grant female suffrage and became the first state in the Nation to allow women to vote, serve on juries and hold public office. In 1924, Nellie Tayloe Ross became the first woman elected Governor of Wyoming. In 1933, Ross became the first woman appointed as the Director of the United States Mint.

Utah State Quarter

Utah State Quarter coin Reverse

Utah

Date/Mint Circulation Strikes
Utah
2007 P 255,000,000
2007 D 253,200,000
Reverse Designer Joseph Menna

The Utah Quarter is the Last of the 50 States Commemorative Quarters released by the U.S. Mint in the year 2007, and the 45th of the entire series.

According to the U.S. Mint's official website, the reverse of Utah's quarter features two locomotives moving toward the golden spike that joined the Central Pacific and Union Pacific railroads, linking East to West and transforming both the Utah Territory and the Nation with the inscription Crossroads of the West. The coin also bears the inscriptions Utah and 1896.

On May 10, 1869, two steam locomotives met at Promontory, Utah, for the Joining of the Rails Ceremony, at which the Union Pacific and Central Pacific railroads completed the transcontinental route. The event was crucial to the development of the American West because it made cross-country travel more convenient and economical. The construction of the railroad, and the subsequent mining boom, brought diverse ethnic and religious populations to Utah. The railroad also symbolized the changing technology, and moved Utah from an agrarian economy to a more industrialized one.

Even before the time of steam locomotives, Utah experienced a steady flow of explorers and pioneers. The Spaniards first came to explore Utah in the 18th century and were followed by mountain men, Mormons and prospectors in search of precious metals found in the 1860's. Because of its central location, Utah became known as the Crossroads of the West.

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