Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Bird images on US coins

I was sorting through some loose change the other day when I noticed a US quarter coin with a striking image of a Scissor-tailed Flycatcher on the reverse. It was part of the US Mint’s “state quarters” series. That made me wonder how many other states had elected to depict a bird on their respective “state quarters”. Nine state quarters have bird images. My two favorites are Idaho and Oklahoma.

Here are the results of my search:

* Arkansas – Mallard. See:
* California – California Condor. See:
* Idaho – Peregrine Falcon. See:
* Louisiana – Brown Pelican. See:
* Maine – Two unidentifiable seabirds. See:
* Minnesota – Common Loon. See:
* Oklahoma – Scissor-tailed Flycatcher. See:
* South Carolina – Carolina Wren. See:
* South Dakota – Ring-necked Pheasant (only quarter to feature a non-native species)

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