This week Lou Golino published a nice analysis of the U.S. Mint's 50 State Quarters Program on CoinWeek. Here's a short excerpt - be sure to read the complete
article online. -Editor
Looking back, the state quarter series played an important role in reshaping American numismatics by reinvigorating interest in collecting coins from circulation, which in many
cases led those who did so to collect other coins as well.
In addition, while many of the designs of the state quarters have been described as lacking in artistic merit, the series was a success because collectors were so tired of
seeing dead presidents in their change, and the public embraced the new designs. Critics have said many of the designs were too simple or lacked dimensionality, but defenders
would respond that they were intended as narrative art, not as miniature masterpieces, and that only so much detail is appropriate for a small canvas.
Overall, the series undoubtedly helped reinvigorate modern U.S. coin design. There are some great designs too such as the Nevada quarter showing several mustang horses running,
designed by former Mint sculptor-engraver Don Everhart, and others.
To read the complete article, see:
The Coin Analyst: The 50 State Quarters Program 20 Years Later
Wayne Homren, Editor
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