The State Quarter series has been a huge success in the history of the United States Mint. People absolutely love these coins and from the casual collector with their State Quarter map to the serious collector, these coins have certainly got a foothold on the collecting community. For ten years, five new coins have been minted and distributed. What does 2007 hold for these great coins?
The 50 States Commemorative Coin Program Act provided for designs to be submitted and an approval process developed by Treasury Secretary. The importance of the nation’s coinage and currency to have a dignified designs where the citizens of the United States would be proud, the Act also required that the Secretary shall not select any frivolous or inappropriate designs. Also included in the restriction were that no head-and-shoulders portrait or bust of any person, living or dead, and no portrait of a living person could be included in the design.
For 2007, five more quarters will be rolling out for us. Let’s take a look at what we can look forward to:
1. Montana will be released in January. The reverse will feature the date of Montana’s statehood which will be placed above an iconic bison skull which will be situated in the upper center of the coin. Below the skull, there will be a landscape of mountains, plains and a river. The inscription “Big Sky Country” will appear to the right of the bison skull. Montana became a state on November 8, 1889.
2. Washington will be released in April. In the foreground, a king salmon jumps out of the water into the air. Mount Ranier and a wooded shoreline will be featured in the background. 1889, the year Washington became a State is at the top under “Washington” and to the right of the salmon is the wording “The Evergreen State” will also appear. Washington entered Statehood on November 11, 1889.
3. Idaho will be released in June. It was admitted into Statehood in 1890. It will have a bold head and shoulders peregrine falcon, an endangered bird in the United States and Canada. It will also have an outline of the State of Idaho to the right of the falcon and the State Motto Esto Perpetua (may it be forever). Idaho became a state on July 3, 1890.
4. Wyoming will be released in August. The design depicts a simple outline or silhouette of a bucking horse and rider. Similar to what is seen on the license plates of residents of Wyoming. To the right of the silhouette, is the inscription “The Equality State”. Wyoming earned the saying because it was the first state in the Union to allow women to vote. Wyoming entered Statehood on July 10, 1890.
5. Utah will be released in October. This State Quarter will commemorate the historic completion of the transcontinental railroad in 1869. A large golden railroad spike appears in the middle of the design above two train locomotives meeting nose to nose. Above the railway trains is the inscription “Crossroads of the West”. Utah became a state on January 4, 1896.
With these five State Quarters, the mint will have completed their 2007 designs. As in all previous years, sets and bags will be available for purchase directly from the U.S. Mint as well as the Mint’s Proof and Uncirculated Mint sets. For the serious collector, these are a must have directly from the mint probably never to be opened. For those who just need to fill in that State Quarter Map, these can be obtained in change. Great for kids.
The designs can be seen at the U.S. Mint website and are quite nice. The Washington and the Utah designs are particularly intricate and lovely. If you have missed any of the State Quarters, they can be purchased through the U.S. Mint’s website as well.