Last February I posted on the 2007 state quarter designs. I finally got a Utah in pocket change last night at the ice cream place. I still think a beehive would’ve been better.
We’ve gone the longest in US history without adding a new state, and it doesn’t look like 2009 will see any new quarters, so this appears to be the end of the state quarter run. It doesn’t seem long ago I first found Caesar Rodney on the flip side of GW and wondered why I hadn’t heard about coin redesign.
Oklahoma: state bird and state wildflower. Not original, but a nice presentation.
New Mexico: state outline is also not an original idea, but the superimposed sun symbol makes for a nice presentation.
Arizona’s design looks too busy to me. As a commemorative painted dinner plate, I’m sure it would be a lovely eight or even nine. But these are quarters, after all.
If memory serves, bear snacking on salmon is the first depiction of an active carnivore on a quarter. I think the design would be improved without the steep riverbank: just bear, fish, and water.
This kind of minimalism heads in the right direction.
On a zero-to-ten scale, I’d rate these in order: 7, 7, 2, 5, 7. What would you say?