Friday, February 1, 2008

Map Quarters

In 2008, the United States Mint will roll out the last five quarter dollars in their 50 State Quarters® Program. Every year for the last nine years, the mint has issued five different quarters, commemorating one of the 50 United States, in the order they were admitted to the union.

  • State designs are displayed on the reverse (tails) of the quarters, while the obverse (heads) of the quarters continue to display the familiar image of George Washington. To accommodate state designs on the reverse, the words "United States of America," "Quarter Dollar," "Liberty," and "In God We Trust" all appear on the obverse.
  • State designs are submitted and recommended via a process determined by the governor of each state. The United States Mint reviews the designs for coinability before each governor recommends a final design. Both the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee and the Commission of Fine Arts provide comments.

So, in other words, they are designed by committee... and it shows. However, I cannot help but be pleased by 15 of the state quarters, as they include maps!

If anyone knows of any coins or paper currency with maps on them, send them my way! Literally. I'm especially fond of the larger denominations... or you could tell me about them in the comments below...

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