Oklahoma has selected the image to appear on the back of its state quarter, not without a little controversy. Early next year Oklahoma’s quarter will be the 46th released by the U.S. Mint, representing the order the states were admitted to the union. In fact, we now can see the images each of the 50 states have chosen for their quarters, even though only 42 have been issued.
Here are the other unissued state quarters.
I’m a big fan of the state quarters program. My oldest son started collecting the quarters, found other passions to replace numismatics and I have taken up the job of completing the collection. I’ve always had an interest in coins and currency. Here are some of the images I like best and least.
New Jersey: This representation of Washington crossing the Delaware probably shouldn’t have worked as well as it did, but it’s a fine engraving and our minds fill in the gaps in this iconic image.
Indiana: A race car? You bet. (Did I mention that I’m an auto racing fan?)
Alaska: (See above) Several states chose wildlife, but you just can’t beat a bear eating a salmon.
Wisconsin: A cow, a wheel of cheese and an ear of corn says “We’re cheeseheads and proud of it!” There’s no doubt which state this represents.
Connecticut: The Charter Oak is unique and always eye-catching.
Some I liked not so well:
Nebraska: That right-facing covered wagon seems to say “Busted. We’re headed back to Philly.”
New Hampshire: One of the original 13 colonies, and the best they could come up with was a rock formation? By the way, “The Old Man of the Mountain” collapsed in 2003, three years after this coin was issued.
Missouri: I’ve been to Missouri, and the Gateway Arch does not span the Mississippi River. Show me, indeed.
Texas: Looks like our friends to the south missed the deadline or forgot to fill out a form. They neglected to put much of anything on the coin.
South Dakota: Mount Rushmore is here, of course. But is it a good idea to place a bird above the carved faces? Aren’t birds and sculptures natural enemies?
Let me know which ones you like or don’t by leaving a comment.