« Crying in your Beer | Main | Did My Forebears Forbear (And Should We Care)? »

November 14, 2007



TH, these would be my picks for best designs in each year:

99 - NJ ('cause Caesar Rodney is indistinguishable from Paul Revere)

00 - tough year. I've never liked the VA design, and the MD one is utterly unforgetable. The Old Man of the Mountains fell off the mountain before the quarter came out, making this more a memorial than a commemorative. What does that leave? Boring MA, with one less icon cluttering up the state map than SC.

01 - Rhode Island.

02 - LA (irridentist though it be)

03 - ME (MO a close second)

04 - IO

05- CA

06 - Neb.

07 - MT

08 - AK


There's a tiny little farm woman on the Iowa quarter. Just sayin'.

So here's a great WTB contest: What were the best final designs in each year?

Here are mine: 99 - New Jersey
00 - Virginia
01 - Kentucky
02 - Tennessee (the least ugly in a bad year)
03 - Mizzou
04 - Iowa
05 - California (the best in a strong year)
06 - Nevada
07 - Montana and Utah - Both are excellent
08 - Alaska

I generally agree, though, that the whole exercise was a little too chamber-of-commerce for my tastes. But what do you expect from an essentially political exercise? The last American politician to understand the importance of beautiful coinage was probably Theodore Roosevelt, who hired Augustus St. Gauden to design the most beautiful coins in our history.

Tour Marm

What strikes me is that there is only one American woman (Helen Keller), no Native Americans (with the exception of King Kamehameha), and certainly no minorities honored.

Oklahoma, Alaska, ans New Mexico wimped out. They should have depicted the pioneer woman, , Native Alaskans (Eskimos/Inuits), and Southwest Native Americans respectively. Honestly, New Mexico, was that the best you could come up with?

And for Maine: Where's the lobster? For Florida: Where's the flamingo?

I've been so disappointed with these coins, but certainly not as upset as with the paper currency, don't get me started on THAT!

Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been saved. Comments are moderated and will not appear until approved by the author. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.


Post a comment

Comments are moderated, and will not appear until the author has approved them.

Your Information

(Name is required. Email address will not be displayed with the comment.)

My Photo

Cliopatria Award: Best Series of Posts

  • ClioAwards2008




  • View My Stats
Bookmark and Share


  • Top genealogy site awards
  • Get this widget from Widgetbox
  • Technorati blog directory


  • Listed on BlogShares
  • Listed on BlogShares