Monday, April 09, 2007

Washington state quarter design is among those that shine artistically (Seattle Post-Intelligencer, WA)

. . . In 1999, the U.S. Mint decided to enliven our monetary transactions with new art on the back of the 25-cent piece. . . .

. . . With 42 versions now in circulation, it's not too early to take a look at the state styles that are emerging through coinage.

Rare is the coin that allows a visual element free play. And yet, at least 10 did.


WASHINGTON: Go, us. A king salmon leaping out of the water on the left with Mount Rainier on the right. The salmon is bigger than the mountain, which makes its fishy presence pop. The mountain in the rear hunkers down into a grizzled, geological hump. Just as the salmon explodes, the mountain appears to implode, a nice contrast.

OREGON: Crater Lake, its bowl resting against the lip of a mountain's low curve, with a pair of conifers looming in the forefront.

MONTANA: Lean and lovely, with a big bison skull floating over land. Near the low-slung jaw, the resonant words "Big Sky County." . . .

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