In 1999 the United States mint started a program called the 50 State Quarters Program.
This program would allow for five quarters with five different designs to be released each year for 10 years.
The quarters would be released in the order each state was admitted to the Union.
Well, it is now 2007 and there are only two more years of state quarters.
This year, the Washington quarter will be released near March. But the quarter that will kick off the new year is the quarter for Montana.
Yes, due to the fact that EVERY state had to be represented, the mints had to make a quarter for Montana too.
And this got me thinking, what is Montana known for? What could they put on their coin?Now this wouldn’t be a simple thing to come up with. What? You don’t believe me? Then let’s play a little game. I’ll say a state and you say the first things that come to mind.
Colorado. Rockie Mountains. Georgia. Peaches. Maine. Light houses. New York. The Statue of Liberty. Montana….umm….
See, my point exactly. But there has to be something that Montana is known for. Well, I guess it does border three other states. Yeah, that’s all I got.
Well, here is my suggestion for what they should put on their coin, a bison grazing on a football field. And here is why. While in Gardner, MT over the break I passed by their school and what should be at mid-field munching away but a North American bison.
“Sorry kids, the game is cancelled today, due to bison on the field.”
Seems fitting for Montana.
Or better yet, since the state is known as Big Sky Country, why not just leave the coin blank? Sounds perfect.
Well, the official description of the design according to the mint says, “Montana’s quarter features a bison skull depicted above the diverse Montana landscape.”
OK, so I think that answers the question. What is Montana known for? Animal bones and flat land.