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The Washington State Quarter

The State of Washington's Quarter Dollar Coin


Washington State Quarter

The Washington State Quarter depicts a king salmon breaching water with Mount Rainier in the distance.

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The Washington State Quarter was quickly nicknamed the "first 100% Washington Quarter" with good reason! It is the State of Washington's commemorative quarter issued as part of the U.S. Statehood Quarter Dollar series.

The Washington Quarter is "100% Washington"

The Washington Quarter was officially issued on April 11, 2007, although the quarters had been up for sale on the U.S. Mint's Web site since about ten days earlier. This quarter is the 42nd in the Statehood Quarter Dollar series, which commemorates each United States' admission into the Union.

The State of Washington was admitted to the Union on November 11, 1889, and this date appears on the reverse along with the design elements chosen by the citizens of Washington State. The coin's obverse has the standard portrait of first U.S. President George Washington, after whom the State of Washington is named. This is why residents of the State of Washington call this the first 100% Washington Quarter. Not only is Washington, the man, represented on the obverse, but Washington State and its people are represented by the design choices they made on the reverse.

The Washington Quarter Designs

The designs on the reverse of the Washington State Quarter feature a king salmon leaping out of a lake's water, with Mount Rainier standing watch in the distance. Mount Rainier, an active volcano, is a potent symbol of the Pacific Northwest and the powerful forces that define the geography of this beautiful state.

The king salmon, shown breaching the water, is an important fish in Washington State's ecosystem. It was included in the coin's design partly to pay tribute to the Native American residents who relied on it for sustenance before the arrival of American pioneers, and partly because it is an iconic image of the Pacific Northwest.

The Washington State Nickname, The Evergreen State, appears on the reverse just below Mount Rainier. The nickname is a reference to the plentiful, lush evergreen forestland to be found in Washington State. The coin's reverse was engraved by Charles Vickers, a member of the U.S. Mint Artistic Infusion Program.

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