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I think that I shall never see …

The other day I received a 1999-D Connecticut state quarter in my change.
With its stark Charter Oak design, a leafless tree, I did not like it when it was released a dozen years ago.

However, looking over this coin, which actually shows a little bit of wear, I am starting to warm up to it a little.

The high points on the reverse are on the trunk of the tree. The wear that appears there has actually made the tree seem more treelike.

Overall, the coin seems to have more character to it.

I expect I will never be able to write that I like the Connecticut design, but over time, I think we will all have to reexamine all 50 designs to see which ones stand the test of time as art and which ones look better as they wear.

One thing I can say about the Connecticut quarter design is that it sure beats Wisconsin’s wheel of cheese, cow and cornstalk. My disappointment in that design will not fade no matter how the coin itself will show its wear.

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5 Responses to I think that I shall never see …

  1. Chris says:

    A "mystery envelope" arrived in the mail earlier this week, addressed to our 7 year-old daughter. She doesn’t receive much mail, and this didn’t come from any of her grandparents, so she was very curious. Her curiosity turned to profound joy when she discovered a Northern Mariana Islands quarter along with a District of Columbia quarter tucked inside the envelope! How could it be that this mystery person knew precisely which two coins were needed to complete her State and Territorial Quarter Collection? Her father (me) watched innocently (wink, wink) as she raced upstairs to proudly fill the final two holes in her folder. She carried the folder around the rest of the day, and even discussed the concept of collecting state quarters with her 2 year-old sister—-who doesn’t quite understand what all the fuss is about!
    Now that the collection is complete, she steadfastly maintains that Nevada is her most favorite design. I would have to agree although, Nebraska is a close second.

  2. Tom Snyder says:

    Regarding the Wisconsin quarter, perhaps it should have said
    "Iola" instead of Wisconsin.

  3. I recall, back in 1999, a humorist referring to the Connecticut quarter as the first US coin to honor the circulatory system of the kidney.

  4. Mark says:

    I always liked the Connecticut quarter. Also the Texas quarter.

  5. Vachon says:

    The CT quarter is usually the one which receives top honors for the 50 States designs. I’m inclined to agree with them though calling it the best of the fifty designs does not necessarily mean it was a good design. The program may have fared better design-wise had a chief engraver been in place and if the designs could’ve gone to the edge of the coin and into the lettering (artistically of course). Instead, there was what amounted to a cookie-cutter outline wherein the design must only go.

    Good luck with seeing these coins wear. Quarters only have nominal purchasing power. If there only designed to last 40 years, that would mean a 1990 quarter should be halfway through its circulation life and show moderate wear and flattening of the design, but they don’t. Only quarters from 1965-1970 show that kind of wear. I’ve yet to see a single clad coin with wear eating into the lettering. Today’s coins aren’t valuable enough to circulate. One can afford to hold onto them in jars before bringing them to the bank.

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