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. United States Mint image

The Washington State Quarter was quickly nicknamed the "first 100% Washington Quarter" with good reason! It is the State of Washington's commemorative quarter that was 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.

Specifications

Denomination:Quarter
Authorized Mintage Maximum:N/A
Production Facility:San Francisco
Public Law Number:105
Congressional Number:124
Approval Date:12/01/1997

 

Obverse Description: 

Highlights a bust of President George Washington. The inscriptions on this coin says, United States of America, Liberty, In GOD We Trust, and Quarter Dollar.

Obverse Designer 1: 

John Flanagan

Obverse Designer 2: 

William Cousins - Modified John Flanagan original design

Reverse Description: 

Released on April 2, 2007, this coin is the 42nd coin released in the 50 State® Quarter Program and the second quarter released in 2007. Washington, admitted into the Union on November 11, 1889, themed the coin, The Evergreen State. Highlighted on the coin is an image of a salmon breaching the water in front of majestic Mount Rainer. The coin is inscribed: The Evergreen State; Washington; 1889; E Pluribus Unum; and 2007.

President William J. Clinton was in office when this legislation was signed. Three United States Mint Directors served under President Clinton’s tenure; David J. Ryder of Idaho, Philip N. Diehl of Texas, and Jay W. Johnson of Wisconsin.

Reverse Designer 1: 

Susan Gample

Reverse Designer 2: 

Charles Vickers Sculpter Engrave

Edited by: James Bucki