|State Quarter Specifications|
|Core Content||100% copper|
|Obverse Designer||John Flanagan|
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).
|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
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
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.
|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,
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.
|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),
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.
|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
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,
The bucking horse and rider symbolize Wyoming's Wild West heritage.
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
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.
|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
On May 10, 1869, two steam locomotives met at Promontory, Utah, for the
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
of the West.
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