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Washington and Washington State Quarters

Sat Jun 15 22:18:28 2024
The Washington Quarter stated in 1932 as a commemorative celebrating the 200th anniversity of George Washington's birth. The artist, John Flanagan, was one of the artists that came from the stable of artists that was assembled by Austus St Gauden. Flanagan was a talented artist and that makes the coin more than a puzzle to me, because its one of the flatest, ugliest, pedestrian design ever put into circulation. It was designed to be produced for a single year and yet here we are in 2009 and beyound pretty much still stuck with it. Looking at a Washington Quarter, with the barely visible hair line, inadeqately designed or detailed bald eagle, and just boring overall composition is like watching paint dry. It is so ugly and yet it replaced one of the briliant of all coin designs ever with the Standing Liberty Quarter. Every school child knows the Washington Quarter just stinks compared to past designs, but Congress continues with it's choice, dumb and deaf to the lack of asthetics.

How obvious is this? It is this obvious:

Obviously something has gone wrong in American Coin Design...

That being said, there are some notable examples of Washington Coinage worth showing. And the state quarter issues, after getting past the childishness of the idea, has created a number of worth designs....but nothing that could stand up to Standing Liberty Quarter.

Delaware - Looks like Paul Revere but it isn't. Nice first design

Virgina - James Town Colony

Second Virgina example

New York State - Brooklyn is here

Indiana - Great Car

Ohio - Space Program and Flight - looks better than the Ike dollar


Wisconcin - Moo..

West Virginia - one of the nicest designs

Kansas Bison

North Dakota - Nicer than you might expect

Nevada - Wild Horses - great design

South Dakota - Prairie

Another Terrific look at the horses

Washington - Salmon

Another view of WV and the gorge design

Bicentennial Silver Proof

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The Safir Family Internet Coins Library: Foriegn Coins.

Several mints from around the world make exciting coin designs in circulating alloys, silver and gold. Among my favorites are the Perth Mint in Austrailia which produces a variety of coins for nations mostly through out the Pacific Rim. The Neatherlands has also produced some interesting designs, and several private US based mints have produced foreign currency on contract, include the Franklin Mint which has produced many Israeli Coins.
Our interest in foreign coins has been nominal but rapidly growing as it seems that US designs are so stuck in the mud. Also, foreign mints are creating bold new designs with color and bimetal designs that are both eye catching and fun.

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